Protect your ability to get get things done

Fall showed up this week at my house, and the temperature dropped down far enough that we needed to turn the furnace on. When we did, we noticed that the house wasn’t heating up as it should. Because we weren’t prepared for fall, our home was full of energy leaks.

Stop believing that one specific, highly structured system will save you

Several years ago, in an effort to drop a few pounds, I bought into a program that promised me I would lose a certain amount of weight in a certain amount of time.

Of course, there was a catch.

I had to follow, to the letter, their diet and exercise…

An easy way to change your ability to get things done

Matching things that go together is a simple skill you were taught at a very young age. Whether it was grouping together all the words that started with the letter “B” or everything that was green in a picture, you learned to put like with like.

As you grew older…

The easy way to corral your runaway brain and get your day back on track

Imagine a day where you’re feeling pulled in a hundred different directions.

You had a list of things you planned to accomplish today, only to be thrown off track by disruptions and distractions. Every time you try to get back to your plan, something else happens. …

The importance of listening better to get more done

A few months ago, my husband and I went on a cross-country road trip where we spent long but fun days in the car. One of the things I noticed during our trip was how often we found ourselves having to repeat whatever we had just said. …

Start identifying the obstacles that trip you up and remove them.

I have a love/hate relationship with cookies.

I love all kinds of cookies, especially those that contain flour, butter, and sugar. So, basically, all of them. I hate them because they always seem to disagree with the numbers I want to see on my bathroom scale.

I know that I’m…

Everyone needs tools to be successful at their jobs

It’s Back-to-School season in most parts of the country. And while what back-to-school is going to look like continues to be up in flux, what kids do at school, either virtually or in real life, doesn’t really change.

Ideally, they learn.

That’s their job. And just like grown-ups, kids need…

Eliminate wasted time with one simple list

People (and that includes you and me) love to procrastinate. In fact, depending on which study you believe, people procrastinate between two to three hours every day.

You don’t need to be a math genius to know those numbers can quickly add up, resulting in missed deadlines, stress, and frustration.

Use this audio shortcut to tell your brain it’s time to sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the well-known building blocks to being successful. When you sleep well, everything just works better the next day: you think more clearly, you move more easily, you make better decisions. It’s like having a superpower.

The problem is: getting a good night’s…

Every choice you make in life requires some mental energy. Minimize the choices, save your energy

The average adult makes about 35,000 decisions (give or take a few) every day, and every one of those decisions uses up a little bit of mental energy. Many of the decisions are made out of habit, which means the energy drain is low. …

Ellen Goodwin

Productivity Consultant, TEDx Speaker, Podcast Co-host, Author of DONE: How To Work When No One Is Watching. Learn more at

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