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This list is made up of the tools and courses that I’ve used in my journey as a blogger, and have been extremely helpful to me.

After spending several months researching, trying out different methods/courses and spending quite abit of money (some TOTALLY worth it, some not so), I’ve come up with a list of blogging tools and courses that would be ideal for you – especially if you are just starting off as a blogger.

But some of these can also be used if you are further along in your blogging journey. The recommended tools cover almost everything you would need as a blogger.

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Goal Setting

17 mistakes you make when chasing your goals

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Not achieving your goals? Creating lots of to do lists and never finishing anything? Feeling unproductive and unmotivated? Here are 17 mistakes you are making when setting goals. These are keeping you from achieving them! I offer some goal setting quick tips to turn them around! Set setting amazing goals and slaying them!

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So you’ve set your goals and your new year resolutions. You’ve lined up 10 items that will definitely be checked off at the end of the month. You’ve got this.

 
4 weeks roll by and you’ve only ticked one item off. *Shrugs* Well, that’s ok I’ll just roll them over to the next month.
 
Another 4 weeks roll by and now you’ve 2 items ticked off. At least it’s one better than last month!
 
But this pattern of not ticking off your goals continues. Month after month. When 31st December rolls around, only 4 out of 10 items are completed.
 
Sound familiar?
 
Many of us start the New Year all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. We’ve got big dreams and goals for the year ahead. We start each week enthusiastically. Our to-do lists are filled. So why do we always not achieve our goals? Why do we see the same boxes unchecked on our to do list each day?
 
Setting goals is usually much easier than achieving them. You are most likely making a few mistakes along the way that is stopping you from getting where you want to be.
 
Read on to find out which mistakes you are making in your goal setting journey and turn them around with my quick tips.

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Goal Setting

How to conduct effective weekly reviews

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Do you want to: be more focused, more productive, set effective goals and slay them all? Enter the weekly review. Learn how to conduct a super effective one that will ensure many productive days and weeks ahead!

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Are you in the habit of reviewing your goals?

If so, how often do you do it?

Reviewing your goals is a very critical step to take in achieving them. It’s so easy to get bogged down by the little things, constantly reacting to what life throws at us instead of being proactive. It’s so easy to let life pass us by.

The days bleed into months and then years.

Many of us find that though time moves forward, our goals never do. We make the same resolutions year after year, the same tasks and projects appear on our to-do lists each week.

How do we solve this? How do we ensure that we make progress on our goals?

The Answer: The Weekly Goal Review 

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Goal Setting

Why setting goals is important

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The 5 reasons why setting goals - both long term and short term goals are important for you. Goal setting worksheet; goal setting printable just for you. Start planning your life today!

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What are your goals for next year? Where would you like to be at this time next year? What would you like to have accomplished in the next three years?

How do you feel when you are asked questions like that? Annoyed? Excited?

When I was younger I would feel incredibly annoyed whenever anyone asked me those questions – and they were rather frequent! Like how the heck would I know what I was doing in 5 years time?! Let alone next year? And why was the need to set goals so important when I can do whatever, whenever I want?

But now that I’m older, I finally recognise the importance of goals – having gone through a couple of years in my early 20s just existing from one day to the next, not being very ambitious or motivated.

Having been planning my life goals for a few years already, I’ve come to really appreciate how useful the process is.

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Distracted all the time? Can't get anything done? 12 time management strategies to implement. Time management tips to manage your distractions. Grab your free checklist too!

You know how it’s like – You need to get a crap-ton of stuff off your to-do list, but it seems as if there are tons of distractions around you and those items on your to-do list keep getting pushed to the next day…and the next…and the next… ugh

I have been making some changes to my blog over the past month or so and that was the exact problem I experienced. I kept putting off my work. Every single time I needed to sit down and get something down, I managed to find something to distract myself from what needed to be done. And I know many of you have been in similar situations before.

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How to Stop Procrastinating? Regulate your emotions. An interview with Dr Timothy Pychyl. More on how to stop procrastinating tips and ideas in the article.You’ve been through this many times, haven’t you?

You want to finish up that essay, clean up that corner in your room, get through those 5 pesky things on your to-do list…

But you just can’t seem to do it.

Instead, you find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed, daydreaming or maybe even skimming through this article.

Being an avid procrastinator, I’ve tried tons of time management hacks, downloaded plenty of apps; thinking that there must be a problem with the way I spend my time. But this article by Dr. Timothy Pychyl opened my eyes. It’s not so much about your time management – though that is also important – as it is more about your emotional state when you are about to do something.

Dr. Pychyl has devoted many years of study and research into the area of procrastination, having written a fascinating number of articles and books on it. An Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Dr. Pychyl is also a Director for the Initiatives in Education. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Pychyl recently and he has shared his insights and tips on tackling procrastination.

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8 Insanely Effective Career Hacks that will skyrocket your career. Novel career advice and career ideas. Reading widely, coaching, mentoring, personal branding, forming relationships and so on.Is work the same old thing for you everyday? Do the same stuff for 8 hours, attend the same meetings, talk to the same people, go home, rinse and repeat for x number of days after?

What are the words that pop up in your mind when you think of your career? Boring. Monotonous. Lame. Awful. Stupid.

OR. Do words like – Exciting! Fun! Purposeful! Meaningful! Amazing! Appear more?

Notice how different each set of descriptors make you feel?

If you belong in the former group and are dying to feel more excited about your job, look no further. Here are some hacks that will guarantee you get out of your career rut, learn new skills, get more out of your work hours and experience amazing growth and development. Work will never be the same again!

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Are these study techniques effective at boosting your learning and memory retention? 10 popular study methods are examined by psychologists. What is their conclusion? Fit their study tips into your learning.Do you remember all the content you’ve studied? Do you know what study techniques work for you?
If you are anything like me; you read – no, skim – your notes a day before the test, cramming everything into your head at the last minute…Praying to the Study Gods that somehow, something will stick… That you will be able to regurgitate material like a pro on exam day.
 
That didn’t work out too well. I have a hard time recalling information and studying was also a huge pain. I still have no clue what works for me and I’m sure I’m not alone in this.
 
Worry no more, dear friends, as help is here! Several educational psychologists have recently reviewed 10 popular study methods. They analysed learning conditions, student profiles, the context in which the techniques are used, and the effects these has on performance.
This review will help anyone – not just students – who has new material to learn, but are constantly struggling to engage with the content and retain information.
Let’s find out what the research has to say.

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