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  • Creating a work-life balance is something we, as teachers, have always strived for. It is something that before the pandemic of 2020 hit us, was something that was challenging. Now, working from home we are realizing that establishing a work-life balance is harder than ever before.

    Before, we had a clear line between work and home. We would wake up, go to work, leave work, and be home. Now, we work from home and live with work. The lines are blurry. Today, we want to share with you some tips that will help you during these crazy times of distance learning but can also carry over as we continue to work and establish our balance between work and life.

    TIPS FOR CREATING A WORK-LIFE BALANCE:

    Tip #1: Stick to Your Work Hours

    Tip #2: Establish a Workspace

    Tip #3: Eat Lunch Away from Your Workspace

    Tip #4: Check Emails in Batches

    Tip #5: Develop a Routine

    CONCLUSION

    You have to remember that life is a balancing act. There will never be a secret recipe that works for EVERY season of your life. You will constantly have to readjust and make the work fit for what is happening now. Reflect on the changes that you have happening and adjust accordingly.

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  • Listen in with Bridget as you join her for a week in the life of distance learning, being a mom, a wife and running two businesses while in grad school. Bridget talks all about projects and how she plans on managing those projects during the week in order to accomplish her big goals.

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  • We are getting so close to the end of the school year and with all the things that take place during the end of year, it's important that we begin planning for what the summer will look like for us and how we can best set ourselves up for starting the next year stress free and seamlessly.

    And if you are like so many teachers out there, you may not have access to your classroom the entire summer, and this means that you need to be even more prepared before you leave at the end of the school year. We have one simple trick that will help you be prepared to leave at the end of the year and get a head start on the next school year.

    We’ve all had experiences with setting up a first-aid kit, and we don’t create our first-aid kits as we are tending to our injuries. No. We do this in preparation for a time when we do get hurt and need to access the materials quickly. Getting a headstart on the next year is very similar to setting up a first-aid kit. The purpose is to get you prepared for what is going to come!

    Unlike a first-aid kit, you need a decent size box or container to house all the materials in your Back-to-School kit. We have created a helpful checklist filled with categories and ideas that will help you get a jumpstart to filling your kit and to help give you ideas as you think of more items that work best for you and your classroom.

    CATEGORIES TO INCLUDE IN YOUR KIT:

    [3:16] #1: Student materials with names

    [7:10] #2: Student materials without names

    [10:27] #3: Teacher materials

    [12:55] #4: Instructional materials

    Now, we recognize that this is a lot to get done before the end of the school year. Parents and volunteers are always so helpful during the end of the year. Ask for volunteers to make copies and begin prepping materials that you know you will need at the start of the year.

    And if the stress of getting this kit together is already starting to stress you out, please remember that you do not have to have this done by the end of the year. Consider taking this home with you and work on it over the summer.

    Just remember that you do NOT want to unload this box at home. This will open up the possibilities of losing items and things getting damaged. The box is truly meant to house your materials and keep things safe.

    CLOSING

    The end and beginning of the year are the most stressful times for any teacher. Taking the appropriate measures to ensure that you have all the materials you need to make each one go smoothly is worth the extra time it takes to create a survival kit.

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  • In our experience, there are two types of teachers when it comes to the end of the year. There are teachers who have everything packed up and their room is bare a few weeks before the school year even ends, and there are teachers who are staying several days after the school year ends to finish packing up their room because they didn’t get anything done ahead of time.

    We want to help you find the happy medium. This means not starting too soon but also not waiting until the last minute to be ready for the end of the year. We want to get you to the point where your room is still functional but also can easily be finished up when your students leave.

    Let’s start by discussing some of the categories that you want to consider when preparing for the end of the year. Keep in mind that these are only some of the options.

    Also, we have a freebie for you! Be sure to sign up for our email list and you’ll receive our End of the Year Checklist.

    CATEGORIES FOR THE END OF THE YEAR

    [4:46] Category #1: Events

    [5:55] Category #2: Inventory

    [7:20] Category #3: Paperwork

    [8:43] Category #4: Organize

    [9:46] Category #5: Clean

    [12:09] Category #6: Purge

    [13:36] Category #7: Electronics and Technology

    [14:46] Category #8: Miscellaneous

    [15:37] TIPS FOR TACKLING THE END OF THE YEAR RESPONSIBILITIES

    CONCLUSION

    Preparing for the end of the year is a lot! We know! But taking the time to get organized and create a plan of strategy will help to make all of your responsibilities and to-dos more manageable and less stressful.

    Don’t forget to download our End of the Year checklist to kickstart your planning.

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  • While we may not be in the classroom right now, there is something very motivating and inspiring about listening to others get through a work week.

    Join Michelle Ferré in a week of teaching before COVID-19, and listen as she works to accomplish her goals and get things done. Michelle will share her tips and strategies that work for her as she gets through teaching, running a business, and completing grad school.

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  • Every teacher dreams of what their classrooms would look like. The thought of bringing your likes and splashes of personality to your room excites you as you begin looking for jobs. But this joy of having your own class quickly dims as the reality of the work, papers, clutter, and organization begin taking over.

    You realize, very quickly in fact, that those twenty-three bodies take up way more space than you originally thought, and don’t get us started on all the school supplies and learning materials!

    The reality of it all combined with the quick pace of the day makes you forget about the original vision you had and instead see what your classroom may really be, cluttered.

    5 MISTAKES THAT MAKE YOUR CLASSROOM LOOK AND FEEL CLUTTERED

    [2:44] Mistake #1: Having Containers That Lack Functionality

    [9:18] Mistake #2: Having Classroom Themes or Color Schemes that are NOT Cohesive

    [14:30] Mistake #3: Having Mix Matched Labels

    [19:06] Mistake #4: Displaying Trinkets and Decorations that DON’T Serve a Purpose

    [24:10] Mistake #5: Filling Every Space

    Our classrooms are like our second homes. We spend a lot of time in our classrooms and we want them to feel calm and inviting to guests and students. Hopefully by sharing some of the mistakes that we have made in the past, you will have the opportunity to avoid or begin transitioning your classroom into feeling less cluttered and more organized!

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  • Teachers all around the world are working to establish a new "normal" routine as schools are being shut down and teachers are asked to give instruction from home.

    Join Michelle as she invites you to see how she navigates being a teacher during the COVID-19 shut down. You will hear how she works to schedule her day, accomplishes her goals and has to make adjustments because things just happen.

    This is a week-in-the-life of a teacher at home.

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  • The older that we get, the more we wish would have started certain things sooner. Like putting on that under eye cream to help prevent wrinkles or saving for retirement sooner. Just like in our everyday lives, we even have things we wish would have made sooner as teachers.

    We are sharing the 4 BIG organizational decisions that we wish we would have made sooner. Hopefully by us sharing these decisions, you might have an earlier start than we did or maybe even reconsider what you have been doing for years and finally make the switch!

    4 BIG ORGANIZATIONAL DECISIONS

    [3:42] Organizational Decision #1: Containers

    [10:10] Organizational Decision #2: Anchor Charts

    [16:34] Organizational Decision #3: Going Digital

    [23:46] Organizational Decision #4: Logging Materials

    CONCLUSION

    There will always be those decisions that we wish we would have made sooner. The important piece is that we don’t dwell on the past but instead look to the future and begin making those changes. Hopefully, sharing our decisions will help to shed some light on how you can improve what you are already doing or you’ve gotten a little bit of inspiration on something you never thought about doing before.

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  • We all love hacks that have a way to make your life a little bit easier. We have enough going on in our lives that finding simple ways to minimize friction is key. Gadgets are one way to create simple hacks to make life easier but no matter how fancy your gadget is, having hacks to help you with organization is essential.

    Today, we want to share some simple decluttering hacks that have worked wonders in getting us organized and more importantly, staying organized!

    SIMPLE DECLUTTERING HACKS

    [3:51] Decluttering Hack #1: Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and work through decluttering one area.

    [6:08] Decluttering Hack #2: Create a list of things you want to declutter during the month and make it a challenge

    [7:22] Decluttering Hack #3: Focus on one area at a time

    [8:07] Decluttering Hack #4: Use a bucket to gather things that need to be decluttered.

    [9:34] Decluttering Hack #5: Use your students to help

    [13:06] Decluttering Hack #6: Create a space for everything

    CONCLUSION

    [15:00] All of these hacks will give you the results you need, but we have to give a little tough love and say that if you do not have an organizational system, things will get messy! You have to have a system in play in order to maintain the chaos that can be our lives.

    Check out episode #015: 5 Easy Steps to Clean and Organize Your Classroom to help you with the decluttering process.

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  • Teachers all around the world are working to establish a new "normal" routine as schools are being shut down and teachers are asked to give instruction from home.

    Join Bridget as she invites you to see how she navigates being a teacher during the COVID-19 shut down, a mom to two boys at home and a wife to a work-from-home husband.

    You will hear how she works to schedule her day, accomplishes her goals and has to make adjustments because things just happen.

    This is a week-in-the-life of a teacher at home.

  • We can probably all identify the areas in our classrooms that could use a little TLC, but actually doing the action steps to getting it all done, without losing your sanity, is a whole other story. In our previous episode, we talked about the essentials areas in your classroom where you may want to give a little TLC in order for you to feel organized and refreshed.

    In this chat, we are sharing the actionable steps on how to follow through with the actual organizing we previously shared!

    ***Also note, that these steps that we are sharing will work for any area in your life! We encourage you that as we share this during the COVID-19 shutdown you can find areas in your home where you can give a little TLC.

    Many of you have heard of Marie Kondo. She took the nation by storm with her systems for finding the joy in the objects around you, or maybe you’ve heard of Clean Sweep, the hit tv series where a team of experts help homeowners transform their homes from a disaster to functional. We LOVE these two methods and have decided to make our own little method by combining the two and calling it…. The Kondo Sweep!

    Now let’s dive into The Kondo Sweep steps to organizing your space.

    STEP #1: Gather it

    STEP #2: Sort it

    STEP #3: Organize it

    STEP #4: Store it

    STEP #5: Label it

    CONCLUSION

    While the process of cleaning and organizing the materials in your classroom may seem like a treacherous task, when you have clearly defined steps, you can easily schedule what you are going to complete on specific days to reduce the overwhelm and make the task more manageable.

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  • Winter is on its way out and that means that it is time to start spring cleaning! It never fails that when this time of the year comes around you start to feel the itch. You know, the feeling where you need to clean absolutely EVERYTHING in sight.

    However, if you are someone that starts to feel very overwhelmed by the thought of having to start cleaning and organizing your classroom, we’ve got you covered.

    We are sharing our TOP must do when cleaning your classroom. Keep in mind that if this is a daunting task, recruit help from friends, family, or even coworkers by exchanging a I help you, if you help me deal.

    CLASSROOM SPRING CLEANING MUST DOs

    [3:53] MUST DO #1: Teacher supplies

    [9:57] MUST DO #2: Paper filing system

    [14:09] MUST DO #3: Manipulatives

    [16:24] MUST DO #4: Teacher bag

    [18:12] MUST DO #5: Digital files

    Spring cleaning, while refreshing, can be very overwhelming, but remember that you need to go easy on yourself. These tasks do not need to be completed in a day! Choose one area and work on it over the span of a week or a few days. The important thing is to make it fit you and your lifestyle, but you MUST hold yourself accountable and get it done!

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  • Have you ever reflected on your past and thought, I regret doing that as a kid, or I regret not going out more and being with my friends? Chances are there is probably something out there that resonances with you in this fashion. There is a quote that reads, There are no regrets in life, just lessons.

    This cannot be more true for everyone. Our lives no matter how imperfect they belong to us. It is what has molded us to the person we are today. Instead of dwelling on your regrets in life, think of them as life lessons that will help to guide your future.

    We cannot change the past, but we have every bit of power to change the future.

    OUR BIGGEST REGRETS AND THE LESSONS LEARNED

    [5:26] Spending large amounts of time and money

    [ 7:45] Creating Resources and Materials

    [12:16] Keeping up with the Jones’

    [17:16] Staying late to get things done

    [20:32] What do we wish we had done?

    CONCLUSION

    We will always make decisions in our lives and careers that will not fit our goals. What is important to remember is that we cannot dwell on the past and the decisions that have already been made. It is better to see those decisions as life lessons and begin making a change that will continue to make our future brighter.

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  • We pack our bags at the end of a school day with full intentions of grading the quizzes from math class that day, reading the novel that you just started with your group, or cutting out the circles that you need for tomorrow’s craft in science.

    You take the treacherous walk to your car carrying your backpack, lunchbox, purse and now a bag filled with things to do. You drive up to your home and you suddenly feel this overwhelming feeling of tiredness. You still have so much to do, but instead of taking the actionable items out of your teacher bag you flop on your couch and turn Netflix on. It is so much easier to avoid the things we have because let’s face it, it’s not like you’ve been working all day *note the sarcasm. However, not getting the tasks done in our bags only leaves us stressed out and overwhelmed.

    [3:23] TIPS TO FEEL MOTIVATED WHEN YOU ARE TIRED

    [4:01] TIP #1: Reflect on your WHY

    [6:44] TIP #2: Write the things you need to do down

    [10:33] TIP #3: Start with one small thing

    [12:38] TIP #4: Reduce distractions and change your scenery

    [15:29] TIP #5: Surround yourself with things you enjoy

    [19:01] TIP #6: Set a timer and work for that set amount of time

    [22:12] TIP #7: Take short breaks

    [24:23] TIP #8: Plan a reward for yourself

    [28:01] TIP #9: Get active

    [29:55] TIP #10: And if all else fails, take a power nap

    CONCLUSION

    Motivation can be difficult to find, but hopefully one or more of these tips help to inspire you to try and build the willpower to accomplishing that pesky tasks on your to-do list. Even if you are feeling completely defeated, try and find something that inspires you. Remember, we have all been there at one point in our lives; just know that there is a brighter side to the end of the rainbow.

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    For a full transcript and show notes visit www.teachingonthedouble.com/012

  • We’ve all had those moments when we wake up and we already know that attempting to make through to the day with our 20+ students is just NOT going to happen. This is where you fall under two categories: 1. You begin stressing out because you have nothing ready but need to somehow will yourself to get your plans together for a sub or 2. You have all your things laid out and ready to go so that anyone walking in can easily pick up where you left off.

    Which are you?

    Have your lessons and materials ready to go before you leave the next day can not only help you in emergency situations but it can also help you to feel less stressed and happier. The struggle is just getting to the point where this becomes a habit and not a chore.

    In today’s episode, we are discussing the steps you can start taking today in order to feel prepared for the next.

    It’s probably no surprise that checklists are an easy way to always ensuring that you are leaving feeling prepared. This was you don’t forget to leave something off on those days where your brain is a bit foggy or flustered and it becomes somewhat of a ritual for you. The benefit of having a checklist is that you can re-use it time and time again. We also love that you can share this checklist with your teacher-bestie and on those days where things just don’t go as planned you always have someone there who has your back!

    [5:47] STEPS FOR CREATING A CHECKLIST

    [5:59] Benefit of a checklist over a to-do list

    [7:38]Step #1: Find a repetitive task to create a checklist for

    [8:44] Step #2: Write down all of your steps as you are doing it

    [11:09] Step #3: Find ways to minimize your checklist

    [13:09] Step #4: Store your checklist

    [15:47] Step #5: Use it and reset it

    CONCLUSION

    Once you solidify your checklist, you can use it on a daily basis and know that you have finished everything you need to finish in order to be prepared for the next day! This means that you can leave school feeling stress-free!

    Don’t forget to go back and revise as you find that your needs are changing for that routine. We find that we did more for our learners at the beginning of the year than at the end of the year. So because their needs changed, our routines changed.

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  • We have all felt it. You know. That feeling of success and that feeling of complete and utter defeat. When you feel really good in one area, another area suffers, and this leads you to feel self-doubt and anxiety that you are not performing the way that you should be. The answer is not to be good at everything or get all the things checked off your to-do but more about finding the balance that works for you and those individuals that are in your life.

    This is the one thing that so many people ask us: “How do you do it all?” People see us and the videos we put out, but they don’t realize that we had to sacrifice a date night or got into an argument for working too hard in order to make it happen. All you see in our social media presence are happy moments.

    Now while you may not be on social media, you still have a lot of parts that you play in your own life. All those parts require your attention and in order to ensure that you slow it down and pay attention to your mental and physical health, we have some tips on how to feel like a good teacher without feeling overwhelmed.

    [4:46] Tips for Feeling Like a good Teacher, Mom, Wife, etc… Without Feeling Overwhelmed

    [5:20] Tip #1: Stop comparing yourself to other teachers

    [8:07] Tip #2: Let go of perfectionism

    [10:38] Tip #3: Say no to some things so you can say yes to other things

    [13:55] Tip#4: Stop moving the goal post

    [15:38] Tip #5: Return the focus to your students

    Above all, remember that what you give every day in and outside of the classroom is appreciated by so many. You are making a difference and giving back. Stop being like everyone else and instead be you. There is, after all, only one you.

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  • We all have those teachers in our buildings. You know. The ones that have it all together and are able to leave no more than 20 minutes after the kids are dismissed. They seem so cool, calm and collected and have every resource printed and ready to go.

    Each time you see them, you secretly wonder “How. How are they able to do it all?” You beat yourself up because you wonder what you are doing wrong and why you can’t be like that teacher. We have all felt this way at some point in our careers. Our goal is to help give you strategies so that you can be that teacher.

    We’ve broken down this topic into three important categories: Time, Productivity and Organization. See what we did there?

    [5:00] TIME

    [5:06] Using Micro-Productivity[6:56] Batching [9:42] Plan to Tackle Your To-Dos

    [10:59] ORGANIZATION

    [18:32] PRODUCTIVITY

    Visit www.teachingonthedouble.com/009 for the show notes, transcript and resources from this episode!

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  • Batching is our JAM! When you understand the power of batching and utilize it to help you gain back your time and feel less stressed, you will never want to go back to your normal to-do list again!

    In our episode How to Lesson Plan Like a PRO, we talked about the power of project planning and in there we gave you a teaser that this week was all about batching. For all those out there that are already batching their work, they will tell you how it has helped them to become more efficient. It’s true.

    When you bake cookies, you don’t bake one cookie at a time. NO! You batch them. This is how you need to view your productivity. When you batch your work your productivity increases and that leads to less stress and a happier YOU.

    [1:37] But first! We want to hear your Time Sucking Hurdles! Be sure to click here to share your Time Sucking Hurdle with us and you can be featured in our next episode.

    [4:00] In our last episode we talked a little about multitasking versus task-switching, and before we move on to the steps to get you started with batching, we want to revisit what this means. For those of you out there thinking that you are fantastic multitaskers and you don’t need batching, what if we told you that you are not truly multitasking? In fact, what if we told you that you are actually task-switching?

    Multitasking is the act of completing two tasks at once. For instance walking and chewing gum. Sweeping and talking on the phone. Those are examples of multitasking.

    Task-switching is the act of moving back and forth from one task to the next. Your brain never really gets to focus on one thing because it doesn’t have enough time to process what it is doing.

    Batching helps to prevent task-switching and gets your brain laser-focused on one “like” task. So let’s stop task-switching! #LetsStopTaskSwitching

    Now you’re probably wondering what you can actually do for batching. Well, we’ve got you covered because there are so many areas that you can batch in your life! Answering emails, grading, lesson planning, copies, and laminating are only a few ideas that will get you started. You can also head over to the home page and signup for our 7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Teacher Productivity freebie and get so many more ideas!

    Now let’s jump into these steps.

    5 Steps to Getting More Done

    [8:15] Step #1: Plan Ahead

    [10:26] Step #2: Decide How Long it Should Take

    [12:45] Step #3: Choose a Time to Batch

    [16:14] Step #4: Gather All of Your Materials

    [18:00] Step #5: Get it Done

    [21:22] Review the Steps

    CONCLUSION

    Remember that batching works best for projects that can be broken down to those like tasks. The hardest part is planning. Taking the time to plan each of these steps will ensure that you are successful, but we are confident that if you do follow these steps you will see the reward greater than you can imagine.

    Let us know what batching has done for you! Be sure to leave a comment here or over on iTunes!

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  • This is a topic that we think you all are going to absolutely LOVE! Today, we are talking about lesson planning. Yup. We said it. Lesson Planning. We want to dive deep into getting your lesson plans done so that you can leave on Friday feeling ready for the next week.

    But here is the thing, lesson planning is NOT a to-do. It’s not something you write to write down on your checklist because lesson planning is a project. In this case, it is a recurring project. When we understand that lesson planning is a project then we are more capable of tackling it with a separate process. A process that is unique to project planning.

    Now, if you are already asking the question, “Am I able to apply this to any project?” Absolutely! You can! We are using lesson planning as an example for this episode because it is a project that EVERY teacher has on their plate, but you can use these steps for any project no matter if it is a one-time project or recurring project.

    7 Steps to Lesson Planning Like a PRO!

    [6:50] Step #1: Define your End

    [8:37] Step #2: Set Your Deadline

    [10:13] Step #3: Brain Dump

    [14:03] Step #4: Create a List of Materials

    [15:28] Step #5: Group Related Tasks Together

    [19:10] Step #6: Find the Time to Batch

    [20:20] Step #7: Monitor Your Progress

    [20:58] Review of the Steps

    CONCLUSION

    Leaving school at the end of the week knowing that your plans are ready all the way down to the copies is truly life-changing, but it’s not rocket science. In fact, it’s quite simple when you break things down into actionable steps that allow you to see the whole process. Give this a try and be sure to share how it has worked for you!

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  • We’ve all experienced the Neverending To-Do List. The list that makes you feel as though you can’t breathe and your heart is falling to the pit of your stomach. We have also experienced the satisfaction of marking items off of our to-do list and feeling the accomplishment that follows.

    A To-Do list is an incredibly useful tool. It helps to keep our focus, provides us with things to accomplish when our brains are not functioning properly. A good to-do list also frees up space within your brain. Our brains, the majority of the time, cannot remember every to-do that you have thought of within any specific time frame. This is what causes the dreaded feeling of what was I getting? at the grocery store.

    When we take the time to really think about all the tasks that we need to accomplish and we write them down, you also become more present at the moment and dare I say, sleep better.

    So we know that a good to-do list is valuable. We know that we can feel less stressed when we have one, but how do you ACTUALLY get those items checked off?

    [3:50] Steps to ACTUALLY finishing your To-Do list

    [4:05] Step #1: Get it Down

    In this step, the focus is on how to get your to-do’s down. Writing them on random pieces of sticky notes and leaving them around the classroom, may not be as productive as you’d think.

    [13:20] Step #2: Sort It

    Once you have your to-dos created and in one location, it is time to sort your lists. This step will help you to get rid of distraction and focus on accomplishing the to-dos that need your attention the most.

    [13:55] The method that we use and that we find to be quite useful is The Eisenhower Method for Taking Action.

    [16:05] If that method seems to overwhelm you a bit, start smaller by creating three categories: needs to be done today, needs to be done this week, and needs to be done this month.

    [20:05] Step #3: Schedule It

    When are you going to do it? Yes, you have your list and you have them sorted into the most important tasks, you still need to determine when you are going to do it.

    [22:35] Step #4: Get It Done

    Now, it’s the hardest part! Getting the list done. You have the tools, you know the strategies, but now it’s up to you to get it all done! Again, be like Nike and just do it!

    Keep in mind that with these to-do’s you do not want to have tasks that are recurring. These to-dos should be built into your schedule already. These are tasks that come up time and time again and not only do they have a place in your schedule but they also have their own checklist. Adding every time that you can think of will only overwhelm you.

    We will be sharing more about the projects or recurring to-dos later on in another episode! We hope that you feel inspired and equipped to tackle your to-do’s and take control of your time!

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