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Our Best Tips for Working From Home

A few weeks ago I asked for Cultivate blog content ideas from many of you on Instagram, and you didn't disappoint! I've added a few of them to the queue for the coming months, and I wanted to start with one I've been asked a lot more recently:

I just found out I will be transitioning to working from home, and I'm very excited! Could you write a blog or share on Instagram stories about tips on working from home--space organization, desk, calendar, etc, how you stay on task and accountable to duties, and how you stay plugged in with the team? Thanks! -Cortney T.

If you've followed the Cultivate team for a while, you know we have a unique work environment. Half of our team works remotely, and the other half work out of Lara's home office. Having only recently transitioned to working remotely, I still have a lot to learn, so I called on the advice of my fellow remote-working ladies: Amber, Kristin, and Marissa! We've been incredibly blessed to continue to do the jobs we love remotely, and it's our goal to continue to work smarter and more efficiently! I've rounded up some of our best tips below:

Breathe fresh air. This is probably my favorite tip from Kristin because I've learned how easy it could be to go days without breathing the air outside your home. One of her most practical pieces of advice: make sure you spend some time outside each day, whether it's a morning walk, an evening errand outside of the house, or switching up scenery to a local coffee shop.

Eat lunch away from your desk. It can be tempting t o work through lunch, especially when there isn't a coworker there to grab lunch with you. One of my PowerSheets goals is to eat lunch away from my desk every day. Whether it's on my kitchen counter or outside, taking a few moments to step away from my computer prepares me to dig into the afternoon!

Dress appropriately. This doesn't mean you have to dress in business casual clothes every day, but if you know you are more productive when you are dressed and put together, add an additional 15 minutes to your morning routine to force yourself out of pajamas. Amber, our Marketing Director, even puts on shoes!

Use technology to your advantage. Our team uses a variety of different technology platforms to stay connected–Google Hangouts, Asana, Google Drive, Dropbox, and a team text message thread just to name a few! Regardless of what you're using, having times to check in with your team can help counter any feelings of isolation you might experience in the first few months of transitioning to remote work.

Honor office hours. Moving from working in a large corporate office, Marissa found herself overcompensating for the blessing of working from home by being accessible at all hours of the day. Now, she has fairly-strict office hours (noted in her email signature) because working from home can lead to over-working for her Type A personality. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules! Really busy days or mornings that might have a doctor's appointment usually warrant a later closing time. I've taken Marissa advice and scheduled exercise classes in the evening at 5:45 pm. That forces me to close my computer and step away from my desk!

Create a dedicated workspace. One of the great things about working in an office is the ability to leave your work at work (for the most part, depending on your profession.) However, when you're working out of your home, it's easy to turn every part of your home into your office (We're looking at you, living room couch) And this doesn't mean you need a whole separate office! I have a desk in my studio apartment, and it's my work area. Having a dedicated space to work makes it easier to wrap up and walk away when the workday is finished. Bonus tip: clean up your desk at the end of each day–remove empty cups, put pens away, file necessary papers. (This can easily be one of your PowerSheets daily goals). It makes a big difference when walking back into your office area the next morning.

We're by no means experts, but we hope these tips encouraged those of you, like Cortney, who might be making this transition soon!

Do you work remotely? We'd love to hear your best tips in the comments!

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How To Use Stickers In Your PowerSheets and Planner

If you've seen my PowerSheets or calendar on Instagram, you know that I'm a big fan of my favorite black pen. A year ago, I probably would have scoffed at the idea of using color in my planner or PowerSheets, but I've been converted after using our Cultivate What Matters Sticker Book for the past eight months! I'm here to share some of the ways I use stickers in my PowerSheets and Simplified Planner, and I'd love to hear from you, too!

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PowerSheets Prep Day Stickers: We've said over and over again that we created our sticker book to be intentional, and I'd argue that this is one of the most intentional stickers in the whole book! I add a PowerSheets Prep Day sticker to my planner on the last Friday of each month to remind me to prepare well for the month ahead!

Establish a monthly planning day. This doesn't have to take a long time, but try to spend an hour at the beginning of the month looking at your calendar and PowerSheets. Tip: Do it right after you finish your PowerSheets prep for efficiency! Mark any upcoming birthdays, appointments, meetings, bills, coffee or play dates with stickers on your monthly calendar spread so you can visually see what's in store for the month. This will help you see the whole month at a glance, and prioritize or reschedule if you find one week is filling up faster than others.

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Keep the stickers accessible! You won't use the stickers if they aren't near your PowerSheets or planner, so keep them together! I tore the page of stickers you see above out of my book, and I keep it in the front pocket of my planner. If I add a meeting, appointment, or get a bill notification, it's easy for me to add that to my calendar right then and there!

Use them to celebrate. Celebrating often conjures up this grand idea of throwing a party, going on a trip, or spending a lot of money, but what if we celebrated in a smaller way (and more frequently!?) While filling out my August PowerSheets, I decided that I wanted to try to use some of my stickers to mark my progress this month. I'm going to start by using the shopping cart sticker for my weekly goal of meal planning and prepping. Each time I put a sticker on my PowerSheets, I'll be reminded of the little by little progress!

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Have fun! Don't take yourself too seriously! Use the stickers because they are exciting and help you focus on what matters, but don't get overwhelmed by making it look perfect! This is your planner, not a work of art! If you put too much pressure on yourself, you'll never even start!

Now through July 31st, everything in the Cultivate Shop is 25% off–no code needed! If you're as big of a fan of the sticker book as I am, now is the time to stock up. We are releasing a new sticker book at the end of the year, so when this one is gone, it's gone!

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How To Set Good Goals for 2017

We don’t do traditional pressure-filled, do-it-all goal setting around here. We uncover intentional, less-is-more goals. This is grace-filled goal setting. We set “good goals.”

Good goals are about stewarding what you’ve been given well: your relationships, your money, your possessions, your work, your children, your home, your health, and your time. A little intentional forethought goes a long way!

We are humbled to say we are sold out of both our One-Year and Six-Month PowerSheets, but that doesn't mean you can't set intentional goals for the year! Lara Casey shared her Sixth Annual Goal-Setting Series on her blog last week, and it's the perfect place to get started on cultivating your most intentional year yet! Grab a journal (we recommend the Make It Happen Journal from the shop!), and join Lara as she walks you through her Personal PowerSheets Prep Work for 2017!

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We are completely sold out of our 2017 PowerSheets, and we are looking into getting a small batch of Six-Month #PowerSheets for the second half of the year, but that doesn't mean you have to wait! Use Lara's Goal-Setting Series to dig in right now. There is nothing magical about January 1st (or June 1st for that matter!)

Do you need the PowerSheets and Make It Happen book to have an intentional year? No. You don’t need any thing to live this life well. They are great tools if you choose to use them, but if you only do this blog series, and use scrap paper to write your answers, that’s great too. Use what you have! If you are someone who has been stuck in indecision lately, or feeling fear about diving into new things, join us in making a mess and dig in!

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Part One: Let's Get Started!

Part Two: Cultivate What Matters

Part Three: Say Yes, Say No, Choose a Word

Part Four: Uncover Intentional Goals

Part Five: Make It Happen!

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Have you set your goals for the year? If so, leave them as a comment so we can cheer you on!

Still need more direction after Lara's Goal-Setting Series?

1. Grab a copy of Lara's bookMake it Happen.

2. Explore the rest of the Cultivate What Matters community site for resources and encouragement!

3. Join Lara and the rest of the Cultivate team in person for the Making Things Happen Conference in March.

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2017 PowerSheets Prep Week is here!

All too often, we try to squeeze in goal planning between Christmas and New Year's. This year, the Cultivate team has declared this week, #PowerSheetsPrepWeek! We hope you'll join us this week for intentional time preparing for 2017!

We've created this action item list for all the ways you can participate with us this week.

Be sure and follow @CultivateWhat Matters on Instagram, as we'll be sharing our best practical tips with you each day. On Tuesday, the team will be doing our own individual PowerSheets and sharing our prep work with you on Instagram Stories!

PowerSheets Prep 2017 Lara Casey Webinar

On Wednesday, Lara will be doing a live 2017 PowerSheets webinar. Sign up for free here. If you can’t make it live, do not miss getting the recording to watch later. This will be a quick broadcast packed with all our best PowerSheets prep tips from the last four years! Register here.

Lara Casey PowerSheets Hooray Bundle

Also new this week to the Cultivate What Matters Shop: The Hooray Bundle! It includes some of our favorite accessories to your PowerSheets to start 2017 on a high note, including the Make Life Happen mini print, Sticker Book, and our newly restocked pen set.

We hope you'll join us this week! Be sure and tag your social media shares with #PowerSheetsPrepWeek to be entered to win some fun prizes! We'll be giving away a $25 Cultivate What Matters Shop gift card each day, chosen randomly from those who participate and share via the hashtag #PowerSheetsPrepWeek.

Alright 2017, we're coming for you!

P.S. The last day to order PowerSheets for you or a loved one for Christmas delivery is this Thursday, December 15th. Order yours today!

 

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Tips for Tending

Our Tending List was designed to help you simplify your life and break down big goals into actionable items! We've compiled our best tips for tending below, after years of working with the Tending List. We hope they're helpful for you!

  1. Use this Tending List to fit your life. It works for business, personal, or a mix of goals!
  2. Flip through your yearly goals before filling out your Tending List each month. Chip away at a few of them by adding some of your Action Plan ideas to your Tending List each month.
  3. Add items from your calendar and important to-dos to your Tending List. Examples: Host a neighborhood dinner party or finish a project well.
  4. Tending is about progress, not perfection. New this year is a progress bar for monthly goals! Fill in the progress bar little by little. Imperfect progress adds up!
  5. You don't need to fill in every line. Some months, I only have two daily goals, and some months, I fill in every slot!
  6. Daily goals should be simple habits you want to cultivate during the month. Examples: encourage someone, stretch before bed, pray.
  7. Make your Tending List items specific and connected to what matters. Example: Instead of “work out,” try “get outside and get moving three times per week for thirty minutes because it will help give me more energy!”
  8. I rarely finish a month with all the boxes checked off—sometimes, goals change or things don’t get done. The goal isn’t a perfectly checked-off list; the goal is meaningful, little by little progress. The little by little adds up.
  9. Put your Tending List somewhere you will see it all day. Either keep this page open on your desk or take your Tending List out and tape it somewhere. When I get distracted or feel idle, I look at my Tending List, and am reminded where to put my focus.

Want more tips for PowerSheets? Watch our PowerSheets Prep Webinar here!

Buy the PowerSheets at Shop.CultivateWhatMatters.Com

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