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Kristen Stieffel
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One time management practice I advocate is this: When you do a thing that wasn’t on your to-do list, write it down anyway and cross it off. This helps you assess what you actually did. Often when we get to the end of the day, we feel as if we haven’t…
One time management practice I advocate is this: When you do a thing that wasn’t on your to-do list, write it down anyway and cross it off. This helps you assess what you actually did. Often when w...
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You’re very smart, but you can’t rely on your brain to keep track of all the things you need or want to do. To stay organize and on track, you must get ideas out of your head and into writing. Your brain is full of creative ideas, and some of them could…
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It’s good to have big hairy audacious goals. And writing a book certainly is one of those. The problem is, it takes a very long time to accomplish. If you only focus on the end goal and not on the incremental achievements, you’ll feel like you’re hiking…
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Flow is the state where you are so totally immersed in and concentrated on your work that you don’t notice the passage of time. You’re aware of what you’re doing, but less aware of your surroundings and even your body, which is why although flow can be…
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An important step in organizing your time is to set goals. Your goal could be time-based, e.g., spend an hour writing every day. Or it could be productivity based, e.g., edit 250 pages per week. Set goals not only for your writing, but for other aspects…
An important step in organizing your time is to set goals. Your goal could be time-based, e.g., spend an hour writing every day. Or it could be productivity based, e.g., edit 250 pages per week. Se...
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A time management coach gave a seminar. As a visual aid, he put a giant jar on the table. Then he filled it with rocks. Big rocks. As big as your fist. He stacked them in there until they reached the rim. “Is the jar full?” “Yes,” someone said, “you…
A time management coach gave a seminar. As a visual aid, he put a giant jar on the table. Then he filled it with rocks. Big rocks. As big as your fist. He stacked them in there until they reached t...
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The tricky thing about choosing the “right” time management tools is that the right tool for me may be the wrong tool for you. And the tool for one task may be inappropriate for another. So I’ll give you some options. Test them out and keep looking for…
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Remember the “distractions” quadrant of the Urgent/Important grid? Distractions are the grains of sand in our rock jar. Usually they’re small, and they take time we’re unaware of. A time and motion study can help you identify them. Allowing other things…
Remember the “distractions” quadrant of the Urgent/Important grid? Distractions are the grains of sand in our rock jar. Usually they’re small, and they take time we’re unaware of. A time and motion...
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Francesco Cirillo, inventor of the Pomodoro technique, says break tasks into 25-minute increments. Tony Schwartz, author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, says you need a 90-minute working session to do great work on a high-intensity task. So which…
Francesco Cirillo, inventor of the Pomodoro technique, says break tasks into 25-minute increments. Tony Schwartz, author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, says you need a 90-minute working se...
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One important obstacle many of us face is the feeling that we can only do creative work in big blocks. We think “oh, I can’t do anything now, I only have twenty minutes.” For a long time, I let this belief hamper my productivity. The objection is that in…
One important obstacle many of us face is the feeling that we can only do creative work in big blocks. We think “oh, I can’t do anything now, I only have twenty minutes.” For a long time, I let thi...
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When you’re faced with a long to-do list, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Narrow down your list by understanding that there are four choices for any task: do it now, delay it, delegate it, or drop it. If it will take less than a couple of minutes, like…
When you’re faced with a long to-do list, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Narrow down your list by understanding that there are four choices for any task: do it now, delay it, delegate it, or drop i...
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Everyone in every field complains about not having enough time, even though we all have the same amount. But for creative types often struggle with time management more than others. That’s mainly because organizational systems are designed by analytical…
Everyone in every field complains about not having enough time, even though we all have the same amount. But for creative types often struggle with time management more than others. That’s mainly b...
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Writer, editor, and writing coach
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  • Writing Coach
    2010 - present
  • Orlando Business Journal
    News Assistant, 2001 - 2011
  • Orlando Business Journal
    Graphic Artist & Admin Support, 1991 - 2001
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Everyone has a story…I can help tell yours.
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  • Dos Pueblos High School
  • Santa Barbara City College
    Creative Writing
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The folks at Coggin's service department always take very good care of me and my Civic, even though I'm brutal to my vehicle. Had a bit of a wait the last time I came in to pick up my car, but not too bad. Better than at a lot of places. I was a little put off by the sign at the desk that said "See your adviser for assistance," because I'm thinking, how am I supposed to know where he is? Finally someone asked if I had been helped and I said no and gave her my adviser's name. Turns out it was his day off. So that sign was kind of useless. Still, she took care of me and got me checked out speedily enough, and my car is in great shape. There was a lot of work to do on it, and they did it in a reasonable amount of time and even threw in a car wash and new wiper blades, which I really needed but hadn't thought to ask for.
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reviewed 7 months ago
Beautiful hotel. Courteous staff. The breakfast is fabulous. The only downside—hardly worth knocking off even half a star—was no 24/7 coffee service in the lobby. But there's coffee and tea in-room, so that's OK. I just wanted another cup when I was leaving at 4 a.m. The atrium was a great place to sit and work awhile. I even found a power outlet. ;)
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I love it when there's a car rental desk at the hotel. So convenient. The folks at Enterprise were very helpful and friendly. I had the car for five days, but they recommended a weekly rate because it worked out to cost less than the daily rate. Also, they didn't charge me a drop fee even though I picked the car up at the hotel in Santa Ana and dropped it off at LAX. I am a very happy customer. :)
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