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Why Routines Are Great For Goals

I would consider myself an extremely organized individual which is why I love routines that help me stay on top of my ever growing To-Do List! Some would compare me to Monica from Friends. Her OCD behavior around the cleanliness of her house, her need to have everything in its place at all times, and her inability to function if all of the above are not in order. Yup, that pretty much sums me up in a nutshell. I could write an entire blog post on “Mise en Place” (which means “putting in place”). In fact, I believe in it so strongly that I think I will! Check back for my thoughts on that one. Anyway, I digress…

So, outside of keeping order in my house to allow my brain to function properly, I like to stick to a few nightly routines that help push me closer to reaching my professional and personal goals. Below are a few of my current goals and how I’m working to attain them. You probably have different goals in mind, but the point is to properly allocate the time each day to push yourself closer to your goals and getting on a schedule makes it that much easier!

1.) Learn Spanish

My boyfriend’s family is Spanish and if it weren’t for my Spanish lessons in high school I would be completely in the dark! Unfortunately, not having a need to speak Spanish since high school (8 years… gosh time flies!), I’ve had to heavily brush up! I use a free app called Duolingo. It’s interactive, fun, and it uses data analytics to figure out how YOU learn a language and tailors lessons to your needs. I take about 30 minutes each night to get myself through a few lessons in Duolingo. In order to really learn a language you have to practice daily.

2.) ‘Q&A A Day’ Books

I discovered these books while roaming the streets of San Francisco in September but you can now find them in almost all Anthropologie stores and, of course, online. I have two of them: a ‘5  Year Journal Book’ and a ‘3 Year Journal For 2 People.’ Each day there is a new question and there are 5 (or 3 for the second book) spaces for a new answer each year. I’m already looking forward to looking back on my answers in a few years time to see if my goals and aspirations have changed or remained the same. Answering a new question each night forces you to stop and think about what you value in life. A very neat exercise in my opinion.

3.) Read a new business book every two months

I’m part of two Mastermind Groups. For those who aren’t familiar, I’d highly recommend joining one with like minded friends. The groups help me grow both professionally and personally. As a group we  push one another to meet goals that we have set and to advance in our careers. I meet bi-weekly for both and each meeting consists of active discussions around current affairs, the business world, innovative ideas, articles we’ve read and books we have read/hope to read. In order to meet my goal of reading a new business book every two months, I need to make time to read each night. Sometimes it’s much easier to pop the telly on or get sucked into social media for FAR longer than I expected, but then I remember what I value and get myself back on track rather than admiring my new celebrity obsession on Instagram!

4.) Constantly read articles!

I live on LinkedIn (if you didn’t gather that from my last post)! Most of my article reading comes from the Pulse section and from posts companies I follow schedule. I also have subscriptions to Inc, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Recode. Living so close to the tech industry I have a fascination for up-and-coming companies and innovative products so I geek out on those magazines and articles. Twitter also provides a real time update of news that I want to stay on top of. Almost every great company now has a Twitter account so it’s great to scroll through my feed and get a wide selection of news.

Staying on top of your goals isn’t hard. All you need is a schedule and a little prod to get you going. I use an app called Coach.me. It keeps me on top of my goals and reminds me of tasks I need to complete (even outside of this list) when my brain is a bit like mush and I struggle to remember everything I need to do.

What goals are you trying to attain? How are you reaching them?



My first LinkedIn Contributor Blog Post!

Very excited to announce that LinkedIn has asked me to be a Blog Post Contributor and my first post went live today! Check it out here http://sales.linkedin.com/blog/marketers-stop-collaborate-and-listen/ and feel free to share with your friends! I discuss the benefits of Social Selling as a Marketer and why collaborating with Sales is very important and easy to do with their Sales Navigator Tool.

I have loved LinkedIn (as a company and a tool) every since I joined the professional network back in 2009. The benefits of utilizing LinkedIn far exceed beyond Marketing (what my blog post covers). It is a fantastic tool for networking, helping peers through endorsements, and reading educational articles with their Pulse section.

LinkedIn is the social network I spend the majority of my time on. It’s informative, user friendly, and has helped boost my career in more ways than one! If you haven’t already created an account, or haven’t taken the time to boost your profile, I highly recommend taking an hour to do so. You will thank me later! 🙂

Add me to your professional network on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/samanthaluis



Scrumptious Spaghetti Squash

If you’re still on a mission to stick to your New Year’s resolution and eat well, then give this delicious recipe a go! Not only is it healthy, but it’s super quick to make and tastes scrumptious! The reason we fall off our ‘healthy eating’ bandwagon so easily is because  Continue reading Scrumptious Spaghetti Squash

Your boss pays attention to your nails!

Whether you are male or female, I can guarantee that your boss (also either male or female) pays attention to how well manicured your nails are. Why is it so important to keep them clean and presentable? Well, outside of what it says about your attention to or lack of attention to hygiene, it can make a difference as you climb the corporate ladder. Continue reading Your boss pays attention to your nails!

Stop and smell the…bees?

It’s easy to get burnt out quickly, right? I sure feel it at times with a full time job, working out, I’m part of Meetup groups, 2 Mastermind groups, I blog, have a wonderful boyfriend, read in my spare time, and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong, I truly love being busy, it’s when I’m most productive, but sometimes it can be downright exhausting . I’m the type of person who Continue reading Stop and smell the…bees?