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Take Two — I’d like to try this again . . . and let you know the real me

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I quickly wrote an “About Me” story back in October that had a list of my most impressive writing accomplishments, a personable professional headshot, and . . . no soul. I wrote it, checked it off my to-do list, and moved on to my next activity. Unfortunately, sometimes, I do that kind of thing. I’m working on being more mindful and I’m working on myself.

I thought that you Medium readers would only be interested in my past experiences associated with writing. I thought that if I told you I used to be a dancer, an actor, a producer, a…

I’m rubber, you’re glue…

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We’ve all been there. The times when the putrid, emotionally-charged word vomit of others makes its unwanted splat on our vulnerable souls. No one can know when it will happen until it’s too late. But, when it does, time’s up. Yoshi wins. You’ve been slimed by the unaddressed childhood trauma of some other inconsiderate cohabitant of this massive chunk of rock.

What does one do when smacked in the face with an unwarranted passionate response to what you thought would be a benign interaction? What do you do when you receive the stare of death and harsh words in response…

Success is hidden behind that last bit of perseverance

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Sometimes I feel that progress in my work and life is as slow as a three-toed sloth on a three-day vacation. It can be difficult to persevere. When I look at the enormity of what I want to accomplish and the teeny tiny little bit of progress I have made, I get real funky real fast.

Luckily, I’m one of those motivation nerds who loves looking up quotes to help me climb out of the doldrums of overwhelm. …

They may be small, but they’re very efficient

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I have a three-year-old who is perhaps the most enthusiastic being on the planet. While he is sometimes maddening, he is also enlightening. See, my kid hasn’t learned yet about rationalizing his own behavior, weighing the pros and cons of his time ROI, or talking himself out of something because he wants to stave off disappointment.

In short, my kid gets things done.

I spent some time observing him through the lens of productivity this weekend and I realized that we potentially have a lot to learn from preschoolers about getting things done. …

It turns out that much of our burnout can be explained by centuries-old theories

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In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton wrote The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy and changed the way the world would look at gravity for the foreseeable future. He dropped the mic (or in this case, the apple) with his groundbreaking theories on gravity and the laws of motion.

For no apparent reason, I began getting nerdy about physics a few months ago, watching online videos about friction, momentum, and gravity. I didn’t really know what I was looking for…until I found it.

As a parent of a young child who’s working morning, noon, and night to get two businesses up and…

Pragmatic Productivity

Ways to get things done without actually doing them

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Time is extremely valuable. How we spend it shapes our lives.

The most exciting part of creating a productive lifestyle is the removal of yourself from it. You can free up a little more of your time (so you can make plans to conquer the world) is to automate the smaller things in your life.

Successful automation costs more than not automating. But in the long term, it pays dividends. Productivity-friendly automation either costs time upfront to set up recurring events in the future or it costs money.

If automating a task costs folding dollars, I usually weigh the cost…

The more people you know, the more likely you will be to succeed

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No matter what you do for fun and money, it will always be about who you know. The more people you know (or who know you) the more likely you will be to be successful. At anything.

Whether you’re a film director looking for a new project, a developer looking for your next great location, a dad looking for advice on how to parent a toddler, or an entrepreneur looking for an angel investor, people are the key to everything good in this big old world.

The bigger your network, the more likely you are to know someone who can…

Here’s what works for me instead

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I’m all down for self-improvement and productivity hacking, so I have tried practically everything. Some tactics have changed my life and I have kept them in my routine for years. Some self-improvement hacks were useful for a while but weren’t sustainable for me in the long term. And some just plain didn’t work.

There seems to be no end to the advice on self-improvement hacking, so I’m here to help you decide how to use your time wisely…by telling you what doesn’t work. For me, at least. Everyone is different. …

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. You just need to shine it up a bit.

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If you’re ever overwhelmed when staring at a blank screen while wracking your brain for yet another completely original idea with which to develop a life-changing piece of content…you’re not alone. I have good news for you- you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Old ideas told in a new way are just as impactful.

If I have learned one thing as an educator of over twenty years, it’s that people often need to hear something more than once to really hear it. Different people also need to hear information in different ways.

If you stack the yellow brick on…

Michelle Loucadoux, MBA

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