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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

How to Break Free of Being Trapped By Your Own Low Expectations

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 4:29 PM

We're all in this together...

I worked with a client named Phil on his successful graduate school application process and on setting the trajectory so he could have a more fulfilling life. This has included everything from tackling work projects as an IT professional to reading his backlog of books.

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I Chose to Say No

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM

I'm a time coach who aims to authentically live out my advice. That means I have to face the same challenges you do. Like this one...

One month, I was traveling to California, North Carolina, and the UP in Michigan for speaking events and taking some personal trips too. That...

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I Quit

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:06 PM

In 2007 when I began my personal journey toward creating a peaceful, balanced life aligned with my priorities, I realized authentic success required quitting many things. This included not only cutting back on activities but also quitting attitudes that kept me bound to a life driven by production instead of...

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It's Not You, It's Your Support Structure

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 6:37 PM

When you feel stuck, overwhelmed, or unmotivated, it's easy to isolate yourself, especially if you have introverted tendencies or work alone. You think: I just need to focus more, work harder, and avoid all distractions until I get this done.

Yet often, the best way to make it through a...

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Tame Your Inner Routine Rebel By Recognizing These Roadblocks

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 10:42 AM

But I don't waaant to. Attempts to start or follow a routine come to a screaming halt when your inner routine rebel just doesn't want to cooperate. No matter how much you recognize on an intellectual level that you need more structure, on an emotional level, you resist it.

Why?...

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Perpetual Perfection: Not Always Necessary

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 8:09 PM

Everyone seems to have some sort of perfectionist tendency about one thing or another in life, but some of us tend to continually strive for perfection. You probably already know that it's ok not to be perfect, but sometimes it's hard to let go... Below are some techniques to help...

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Comprehensive Travel Checklist for Preparing for a Trip

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 1:22 PM

I help my Schedule Makeover time coaching clients break down multi-step activities into lists so that they can move forward on them without feeling overwhelmed. (David Allen does a great job of explaining why this technique is so effective in Getting Things Done.)

As a special...

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Why You Need Both a 'Bouncer' and a 'Bartender' to Live a Happy, Healthy Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 4:06 PM

This week I did something fairly typical: I set a boundary on my time in what I perceived to be a polite, yet also clear and direct manner.

However, I received an atypical response: The person I set a boundary with (who was a stranger whom I had just met...

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3 Essential Gen Y Time Management Tips

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 6:25 PM

As a member of Gen Y, you have some advantages when it comes to time management, such as quickly understanding new technology and thriving in quickly changing work environments. But sometimes your natural strengths can keep you from having the best time investment when you transition from college to career....

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Think You Need to Be Stressed to Succeed? You're Wrong (3 Secrets to Being Different Revealed!)

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 10:46 AM

Last week as I was going through my morning ritual of clearing out my e-mail inbox, I came across Marie Forleo's video interview of Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and author of the recently released book Thrive.

The video initially piqued my curiosity...

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A 10-Part Strategy for Boosting Daily Productivity

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 7:25 PM

Do you begin your day full of grand intentions of all that you want to accomplish, yet somehow end up going to bed feeling as if you've gotten nothing done?

Like many of you, my daily priorities vary. But I have some standard mental tricks for staying focused and productive....

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When You're Staring Blankly at Your Computer

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 4:42 PM

When you're staring blankly at your computer or painfully aware that you're not doing what you need to get done, it's easy to fall into some time-investment traps, such as:

  • Thinking you'll just stay up as late as you need to in order to get the work done, which leads...
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Finding the Balance Between Good Stress and Good Relaxation

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Finding the right balance in life is the key being productive and healthy. When stress threatens to overwhelm our lives, it wreaks havoc with our routines and throws us off balance.

A little stress is good; it helps to charge our instincts, increase our creativity and spur us on to...

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Why Being Happier Helps You Manage Your Time

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Why am I not doing what I know I should do?

This question may be familiar to you if you struggle, like so many of us, with time management. We may be clear in our minds about what we need to do, but for whatever reason we can't seem to...

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Making Connections

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 10:05 AM

When you already feel super time crunched...

It can feel really overwhelming to think about meeting new people. How can you expand your network when you can barely keep up with the people you know?

I completely understand that you have a certain relational capacity and that over investing in...

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Quick, Easy, Healthy Meal-Planning Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 4:48 PM

After a long day at work, sometimes the easiest thing to do for dinner seems like ordering greasy takeout or buzzing by the drive thru. But even "healthy" fast food isn't always the best option. Below are some practical tips and resources to help build fast and healthy meal planning...

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From Resolution to Routine to Reality

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 6:27 PM

It's a bright and shiny new year. If you're like most of the world's population, you've made resolutions or at least thought a bit about what you would like to see happen in the coming year. Maybe it looks like training for a marathon or learning a new language or...

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One Simple Trick to Dramatically Reduce Stress in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 7:01 PM

Life rarely perfectly follows a plan.

But that doesn't mean that you should just give up and not make a plan. It means that you should embrace a realistic expectation of what planning can and can not do for you:

Planning Can Not:

  • Guarantee everything will go perfectly.

  • ...

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7 Ways to Experience the Often-Elusive Joy of Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 9:10 AM

There's a lot of pressure this time of year....

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or some other holiday, this can be a really challenging season. Not only are you expected to manage multiple extra projects (house decorating, present giving, and family visiting), but also you're supposed to feel happier...

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8 Tips for Keeping in Touch

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Once you've met new people, the whole idea of keeping in touch can fill you with a sense of dread, guilt or fear if you don't have the right strategies in place.

To help you out, here are 8 tips on effectively keeping in touch:

  1. Remember that you don't need...
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