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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 July 22, 2016 | 4:35 PM

Your sense of identity drives your behavior.

So when you're confused about who you are, you'll have a lot of confusion about how you should be investing your time.

Signs that there's a conflict between who you think you need to be and who you actually are, particularly at work,...

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Perfect Example

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 4:34 PM

These past four weeks have been quite the wild ride...

From going on a long-anticipated trip with my mom where we got to experience the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, and Lake Powell together (this photo is my favorite from our trip) to offering a special free class to all...

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This Quote Used To Really Bother Me

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 3:40 PM

"You must therefore zealously guard in his mind the curious assumption, 'My time is my own.'

Let him have the feeling that he starts each day as the lawful possessor of 24 hours. Let him feel as a grievous tax that portion of this property that he has to...

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Your Daily, Weekly, And Monthly Burnout-Recovery Plans

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 4:02 PM

Goals can be good. They give us focus, helping us know when to say yes and when to say no. That's why we set such a wide range of them--for the next day, the next week, the next month, and even the next year...

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How to Have More Fun!

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 12:29 PM

Being effective at time investment isn't about just getting more things done. It's also about freeing up time and space in your schedule so you have more time and energy to have fun! (For those of you who need to focus on having more discipline and less play, you may...

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Want to Dramatically Reduce Frustration? Focus on Beginning, Not Finishing

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 3:45 PM

This past weekend, I got SO excited about the fact that I had open time in my schedule and could tackle some small house projects. I was thinking about repairing a pillow, organizing some shelves, and doing a deep cleaning of the dishwasher, but my main objective was to reline...

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7 Simple Ways to Escape Exhaustion

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 1:53 PM

A while back, I experienced some pain in my neck. Not the figurative sort of pain, but the real pain at the bottom of your skull that makes it hard to concentrate and causes a bit of dizziness sometimes. As seems logical, I focused my efforts directly on the area...

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Wisdom in Grieving

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 9:22 AM

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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(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 6:33 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 | 9:43 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 | 7:15 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 | 8:43 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 | 1:54 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 | 2:32 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 | 9:39 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 | 6:13 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 | 5:57 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 | 2:14 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 | 3:08 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 | 6:13 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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