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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 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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How to Move Forward

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 1:02 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 | 9:03 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 | 5:26 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 | 12:13 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 | 9:05 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 | 10:48 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 | 5:35 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 | 3:40 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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Shut Up the Voice of Overwhelm

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 10:50 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 | 4:31 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 | 3:17 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 | 6:55 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 | 3:43 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 17, 2014 | 11:57 PM

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 | 4:58 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 | 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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