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Elizabeth Grace Saunders
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Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E® a time coaching and training company that empowers individuals who feel guilty, overwhelmed and frustrated to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished through an exclusive Schedule Makeover™ process. She is an expert on achieving more success with less stress. Real Life E® also increases employee productivity, satisfaction and work/life balance through custom training programs.

McGraw Hill published her first book, The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success With Less Stress. Elizabeth contributes to blogs like Lifehacker, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and the 99U blog on productivity for creative professionals. She was selected as one of the Top 25 Amazing Women of the Year by Stiletto Woman.

Entries by Elizabeth Grace Saunders


(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 7:33 AM

Don't you love when you have those "aha moments"? The times when you hear something or read something and all of the sudden... everything makes sense.

I do. I had one of those recently when I was listening to an interview with Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic on "Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem,...

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Love Your Storyline

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 10:43 PM

I recently had a revelation that brought me a lot of joy and freedom...

When we're younger, we go through phases where we want to have or be whatever we're not. If we have straight hair, we want curly hair. If we have curly hair, we want straight hair....

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Your Definitive Guide to Beating the 7 Causes of Sleep Procrastination

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 8:15 AM

If you're like a lot of people, night after night you find yourself turning off the lights later than you wanted, and morning after morning you're frustrated that you're so tired.

You already know that sleep deprivation has big downsides like increased likelihood of being overweight, negative impacts...

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Guilt-Free Holiday Productivity

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 9:43 AM

Happy Holidays!

I am a HUGE advocate of total vacations, but I understand that there are times when we still need to get things done during the holidays. Look below for a step-by-step guide to guilt-free holiday productivity.

Holiday Peace and Productivity

If you need to mix work and play...

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How to Stay Clear and Calm When You Have an Overwhelming Project

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 2:54 PM

When my first book came out, I noticed I was mesmerized by any training that said "book" and "success." Learning isn't bad, but when it keeps me from actually focusing on what's most important for preparing for one of my books to come out or classes to start, there's a...

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The Lazy Way Out

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 3:32 PM

Attention Editors: The Third Metric

Recently, one of my time coaching clients told me that although he knew intellectually that being self-compassionate was the way to improve, it felt hard to believe that without being self-critical he could muster the effort to change.

I love it when time coaching...

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Time Block to Stay Focused and Motivated

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 10:39 PM

Although having a flexible schedule can seem like a dream, it can soon turn into a nightmare! That's why as a time coach and trainer, I recommend people set up a structure that helps them to align with their priorities.

Here's how to time block your schedule to stay focused...

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Stop Playing the Victim With Your Time Management and Empower Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 7:13 PM

When it comes to managing your time, many people feel like they have a crushing number of requests coming at them that make them a victim to their circumstances. "There's always too much to do. Everyone just keeps piling more work on me." Sound familiar? If so, you're not alone,...

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How to Wrap Up Your Work Day...On Time!

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 6:57 PM

Stuck at Work?

I personally use these strategies to stop working on time and still complete the most critical tasks:

In the afternoon, I take a quick assessment of how many hours I have left and what needs to be done to hit my ending goal. This could mean moving...

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Why Thinking Too Long-Term Can Sabotage Your Success

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 3:14 PM

Short-term thinking gets a bad rap when we talk about time management, but if you focus purely on your long-term goals, you might be on the road to burnout. Neglecting your immediate, short-term needs can just stress you out more, despite your meticulous planning.

As a time coach and the...

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How to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed and Get Work Done

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 4:08 PM

When you're facing a big, messy obstacle that requires consistent, hard effort, you can feel so helpless...

This could include anything from finishing a major project to restoring a strained relationship to losing weight to looking for a job.

In all of these cases, results usually come far more slowly...

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This Changed Everything

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 7:13 PM

I've had complete freedom over my schedule for almost 10 years.

During my first couple of years as a full-time entrepreneur, I didn't set boundaries on when I worked and what I did when.

This lead to:

  • Frustration when I just wanted to take an evening...

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How to Move Forward

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 2:02 PM

Whether it's starting a business or doing laundry, we all face times where we feel overwhelmed so we procrastinate, which makes up feel more overwhelmed.

Here's how to break this frustrating cycle:

  • Step away from your desk and bring a piece of paper and a...

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Dangerous Lie

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 10:03 PM

I hear how so many people are allowing a dangerous lie to hold them back from even believing they can lead a balanced life, let alone attempting to do so.

There are so many people who:

  • Have a knot in the pit of their stomach

  • ...

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Acceptance Is Best

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 6:26 PM

I read something this week that just really blew me away...

If you've been following me, you know that I put a big emphasis on the mental and emotional components of change.

One of the techniques that I've used in my own life and also taught others for years is...

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Skydiving Caterpillar

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 1:13 PM

One day a caterpillar decided that he was sick and tired of crawling. It was time for him to fly! So he jumped...

off a tree branch, tumbled through the air and landed with a thud in a pile of decomposing leaves and snarled tree branches. (The caterpillar-supply store had...

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Why Not to DIY

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 10:05 PM

The importance of building a support system to help you not only build your business but also keep a sane schedule has been on the top of my mind lately because I've been listening to the classic "The E-Myth Revisited." In this self-professed guide to "Why Most Small Businesses Don't...

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Balancing Getting Things Done and Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:48 AM

I've been wrestling with some paradoxes over the last few weeks...

On the one hand, you can't give others what you don't have, so if you're completely undisciplined with your time investment, it's hard to invest deeply in meaningful relationships. On the other hand, if you're too structured, you...

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The Priceless Inner Wisdom Gained From Grief

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 6:35 PM

This last month has had some glorious high moments but I've also had my share of lows...

In this process, I've had to re-learn the art of giving myself time to grieve. Here are some of my insights gleaned from this journey that I hope will be helpful to you...

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True Confession of an Author

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 4:40 PM

I'm a little embarrassed to admit it but my own book changed my life in the past few weeks.

You see, in general, I'm a pretty balanced, happy person who works 40-45 hours per week so that she has plenty of time for friends, family, time outside, exercise, and self...

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