I'm Busy Being Awesome http://imbusybeingawesome.com Maximizing Productivity. Discovering Time for Fun. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:31:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 https://i2.wp.com/imbusybeingawesome.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-Go-Big-Or-Go-Home-1.jpg?fit=32%2C32 I'm Busy Being Awesome http://imbusybeingawesome.com 32 32 130790947 How to Write Clear and Efficient Emails in 8 Easy Steps http://imbusybeingawesome.com/clearefficientemail8steps/ http://imbusybeingawesome.com/clearefficientemail8steps/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:31:53 +0000 http://imbusybeingawesome.com/?p=1549 Although we live in a world of texting, tweets, Instagram, and Facebook, email remains the main mode of communication in the workplace. And while it is an incredibly convenient tool… email can also be an unbelievable waste of time. According to The Radicati Group, by the end of this year, the total number of business…

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Motivation Monday – It Matters http://imbusybeingawesome.com/motivation-monday-it-matters/ http://imbusybeingawesome.com/motivation-monday-it-matters/#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:00:04 +0000 http://imbusybeingawesome.com/?p=1520 My dad sent me this quote a couple days ago, and it really resonated with me. I even wrote it on a post-it note and stuck it on my wall at work. I have a feeling it might speak to you as well. In fact, I’m willing to bet that you, dear reader, wear a…

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3 Key Steps to a Minimalist Life: The Minimalist’s Guide to Minimalism http://imbusybeingawesome.com/3stepsminimalist/ http://imbusybeingawesome.com/3stepsminimalist/#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:00:15 +0000 http://imbusybeingawesome.com/?p=1469 I was talking with a friend about my respect for the minimalist lifestyle, and as we chatted, she asked a question that resonated with me: “Isn’t it restrictive to live that way? I mean, if you get rid of a bunch of your clothes, don’t you feel constrained by your lack of options? Or what if you…

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15 Tricks to Beating the Afternoon Slump http://imbusybeingawesome.com/15-tips-to-beating-the-afternoon-slump/ http://imbusybeingawesome.com/15-tips-to-beating-the-afternoon-slump/#comments Wed, 09 Aug 2017 05:00:52 +0000 http://imbusybeingawesome.com/?p=1421 I don’t know about you, but when the 3:00 hour rolls around, I am pretty much worthless. My head bobs, my brain gets foggy, and I can hardly keep my eyes open. For the last several weeks, I’ve been trying different strategies to defeat that afternoon slump. Some techniques have worked better than others, and…

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Motivation Music Monday with Cat Stevens http://imbusybeingawesome.com/motivation-music-monday/ http://imbusybeingawesome.com/motivation-music-monday/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 05:00:56 +0000 http://imbusybeingawesome.com/?p=1382 I thought I would tackle Motivation Monday a little differently today by adding in the angle of song. As you may know, I’m a professor of American music, so music plays in integral role in my life. There is so much power in this art form. It has the ability to convey complex emotions and…

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4 Podcasts You Need in Your Life http://imbusybeingawesome.com/4-podcasts-you-need-in-your-life/ http://imbusybeingawesome.com/4-podcasts-you-need-in-your-life/#comments Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:00:10 +0000 http://imbusybeingawesome.com/?p=1351 I am a big fan of podcasts. Whether I’m on a run, cooking dinner, mowing the lawn, or driving to work, I am always listening to something. And the more I listen, the more I realize they offer so much more than simple entertainment. First of all, you learn new things. The amount of podcasts…

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5 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life http://imbusybeingawesome.com/5-easy-ways-to-simplify-your-life/ http://imbusybeingawesome.com/5-easy-ways-to-simplify-your-life/#comments Wed, 02 Aug 2017 05:00:59 +0000 http://imbusybeingawesome.com/?p=1324 You don’t need me to tell you that we live in an incredibly busy society. Whenever I talk with friends or colleagues, they all tell me a different version of the same story: we are constantly jumping from one meeting, soccer practice, or class to the next, and it’s often a scramble to get it…

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Motivation Monday http://imbusybeingawesome.com/motivation-monday-4/ http://imbusybeingawesome.com/motivation-monday-4/#comments Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:00:54 +0000 http://imbusybeingawesome.com/?p=1293 I have a vivid memory from when I was 9 or 10 years old about learning how to use a curling iron. I am standing in my upstairs bathroom, boiling with frustration, because every time I tried to curl my hair I would get an awful crimp at the bottom. No matter how many times…

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You Need A Vacation – Here’s Why http://imbusybeingawesome.com/you-need-a-vacation-heres-why/ http://imbusybeingawesome.com/you-need-a-vacation-heres-why/#comments Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:01:45 +0000 http://imbusybeingawesome.com/?p=1234 As I mentioned in an earlier post, my husband and I went on vacation to the Cape last week. We had been looking forward to the trip since last August, and we had a great time. Throughout the year, work keeps both my husband and me quite busy. In fact, it sometimes feels as if…

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Declutter Your Kitchen in 10 Easy Steps http://imbusybeingawesome.com/declutter-you-kitchen-in-10-easy-steps/ http://imbusybeingawesome.com/declutter-you-kitchen-in-10-easy-steps/#comments Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:07 +0000 http://imbusybeingawesome.com/?p=1069 Clutter stresses me out. Big time. I wasn’t always this way (or at least not this bad), but I am now to the point where excess clutter and too much STUFF literally makes my pulse rise. AHHHH CLUTTER! One of the places where I battle with clutter the most is in the kitchen. I will…

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