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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

Shut Up the Voice of Overwhelm

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 11:50 AM

I've aimed to build a business while working about 40 hours a week so I would have time for physical, relational, and spiritual health. But that doesn't mean setting time boundaries is always easy for me. On a daily basis, I have to combat the voices in my head that...

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When Things Don't Go As Planned

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 5:31 PM

Ever wonder how you can still have a great day when you're a planner and things don't go as planned?

Here's an example of how I managed to do so over the holidays...

It all started with a 7:30 a.m. car appointment -- a bit brutal for the Monday...

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2 Techniques to Achieve Peace

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 4:17 PM

Isn't it frustrating...

... when you just CAN'T slow down?! And people like your significant other or your friends or your even your boss tell you to just chill out and get annoyed when you don't. But somehow you just can't?

I understand. Up until...

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How to Keep Calm and Carry on When You Feel Ignored

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 7:55 PM

When you've tried so hard to address team members' emotional hurdles to accepting change and walked them through how to apply the change to their work situation, your blood can start boiling when you still don't see the desired results. "How could they be do disrespectful?", you seethe. "Do they...

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How to Take the Stress Out of Weekly Chores

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 4:43 PM

Chores: One of the most dreaded words for any teenager and one of the most frustrating ones for any parent.

Is there a way for families to split up tasks without major fights and headaches? Fortunately, the answer is, "Yes!" But how you achieve that goal is a little different...

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How to Know Where to Invest More Time - or Less

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 12:57 AM

Many of you are "idea" people who:

  • often think of different ways to approach a problem.

  • like to do things "ideally."

  • care about quality.

  • feel a bit dissatisfied with most results.

Your pursuit of excellence is a huge asset when pursuing your most important time investments...

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(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 5:58 PM

It's funny how each one of us has certain realities of self care we consider a waste of time...

For some of my clients it's sleep, for others it's eating, exercise, having alone time, socializing or any number of activities that they intellectually know are important but emotionally don't like...

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

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 5:29 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 | 1:00 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 | 1:06 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 | 7:37 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 | 11:42 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.


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Perpetual Perfection: Not Always Necessary

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 9:09 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 | 2:22 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 | 5:06 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 | 7:25 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 | 11:46 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 | 8:25 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 | 5:42 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 | 1:13 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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