Tackling the Chores You Hate the Most

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I’ve always HATED doing laundry. I hated it so much my husband and I have tried out multiple different laundry services over the past years. One of those included a wash-and-fold pick-up and drop-off service and another involved dropping off your laundry in a locker. All the services cost us about $80 a month! A big part of why I hated doing laundry was because we lived in an apartment… Continue Reading

The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Constantly Get Promoted

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In a previous post, I talked about how one of my goals for the month of January was to lock in a promotion that my boss had promised me in the summer of last year. I didn’t achieve that goal then, but I’m happy to report that I did accomplish it in February! I got promoted to Senior Technical Program Manager, which came with added responsibility and a nice pay raise.… Continue Reading

A Favorite Analog Tool: Midori Traveler’s Notebooks

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 Most of my productivity tools are apps and cloud-based tools that allow me to have everything I need even while on the go. I do still like to use analog tools from time to time just because it’s fun and sometimes putting pen to paper can be really motivating and stimulating. I got really into Midori Traveler’s Notebooks early last year. They are basically pieces of leather with an elastic… Continue Reading

Salary Negotiation Tips

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I am really big on negotiating salaries. I once read that it’s the most money you’ll make in the shortest amount of time, and I strongly stand behind that. A 10-minute conversation can mean an extra ten thousand dollars in your pocket–cheesy but true. My Negotiating Journey I got my first opportunity to test my negotiating skills when I was 21 and first entering the corporate world. I had two job… Continue Reading

Never Forget Another Birthday Gift Again

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March is a birthday-filled month for us for some reason. I recently purchased five gifts for friends’ and friends’ kids’ birthdays. My productivity trick for never forgetting to buy birthday gifts is simply setting up recurring scheduled tasks in my to-do list app, Things. A lot of people use calendar events to remind themselves that they need to get birthday gifts. This isn’t a horrible idea, but I personally don’t like… Continue Reading

The Hunt for the Best Free iOS Calendar App

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Image from Tempo So the other day something horrible happened. My work calendar stopped being pulled in by my iPhone calendar app, Tempo. So I deleted it, thinking I could just reinstall. When I went into the App Store to re-download Tempo, it was nowhere to be found. I Googled a bit and found out that the app got bought by Salesforce last summer. Tempo was the best free iOS… Continue Reading

Monthly Book List: February 2016

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Books I Read in February Title Author My Rating Goodreads Rating 1 The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom 3.89 2 Dark Places Gillian Flynn 3.91 3 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think Laura Vanderkam 3.64 4 Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time Jeff Sutherland 4.20 5 You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living… Continue Reading