Turn Your To Do List Into A ‘Ta-Da’ List

Turn Your To Do List Into A ‘Ta-Da’ List

When I was a teen making to-do lists, “Make to-do list” was always the last thing I included so that I could immediately mark something off. It was the free space on my to-do list bingo card.

I still rely on to-do lists to get stuff done, but it’s complemented by a list I like far more – my ta-da list, comprised of all the things I accomplished that day.

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How To Write A Great Out Of Office Email

How To Write A Great Out Of Office Email

A few weeks ago, I received an automated out of office (OOO) email reply that was so good I immediately wanted to work with the sender. A colleague had e-introduced me to Kristine Sloan, the CEO of StartingBloc, and Sloan’s automated reply was my first communication with her.

Next time I write an OOO, instead of just giving the dates by which people can expect a reply, here are three ways I’ll try to use Sloan’s model to up my game.

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The Surprising Benefits Of An 'Imperfect Action Plan'

The Surprising Benefits Of An 'Imperfect Action Plan'

Recently, I’ve felt stuck. This wasn’t paralyzed-by-self-doubt stuck or even exhausted stuck, though those happen to me too. This time, I felt stuck in a whirlwind with so many potential next steps to choose from. I was left overwhelmed and unsure where to begin.

Here’s the thing: if I think all of my next steps need to be perfectly crafted, I end up paralyzed with perfectionism, reluctant to take any steps at all. Here's where the Imperfect Action Plan comes in.

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