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It's been a wonderful and relaxing weekend but, as late Sunday afternoon arrives, a shadow begins to loom.

It slowly begins to dominate your thoughts and remains in the back of your mind, even as you take in the last ounces of joy from the weekend.

Then, suddenly, it's Monday morning. Does it really have to be this way?

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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to identify your “time sucks.” You probably know someone who seems like they "do it all." Have you ever wondered how they can make the time? We all have 24 hours in a day, yet some people seem to accomplish so much more within that time frame. But why can't you? These days, it feels like we never have enough time, we’re always running late, and there’s always something more important to do. Sure, we live in a demanding, fast-paced world. But if you don’t make time to do the things you enjoy or need to do, you risk falling into a dark pit filled with stress, anxiety, and unhappiness. Your time is a precious commodity, so you should treat it like you treat your money. In order to develop a healthier work-life balance, you need to pinpoint where your time and energy is going on a daily basis. Are you spending it in the right places? Today, take some time to identify your “time sucks” and determine which ones you can eliminate or reduce. For example, are you spending all of your time waiting in traffic? Perhaps it’s time to consider moving closer to work or finding a new job that’s closer to home. Are you wasting all of your time in front of the TV? Give yourself a “TV allowance” each week or stop watching TV altogether. Are you saying “yes” to too many activities you don’t care about? Determine which activities are the most important and decline the rest. When identify your “time sucks,” it makes it easier to ration your time on more important things. What are YOUR “time sucks” and how did you overcome them? Tell us!

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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to give yourself decision deadlines. For some of us, making decisions can be hard, even painful, at times. There are so many choices for everything these days, and choosing one can be a difficult process. With so many options available, it can be massively overwhelming to be forced to only choose one. And, it can be tempting to put off your decision for fear you’ll make the WRONG choice. However, putting off decisions results in stress, anxiety, and frustration. It’s also a big waste of time. That’s why it’s important to start developing your decision-making skills so you can be more efficient and confident in your choices. Not only will this benefit you, but it will also benefit employers. Giving yourself a time limit to make decisions will help train you to make choices more quickly, which will save you time, frustration, and stress. Today, give yourself decision deadlines. Whether you only allow yourself five minutes to make a decision or 30 seconds, force yourself to stay within your deadline. For example, if you’re asked to choose where you should go to dinner tonight with a friend, instead of saying, “I don’t know, whatever!” Give yourself 30 seconds to think about it and make a decision. What makes sense location-wise for both of you? What are you in the mood for? Are there any new places you want to try? You have 30 seconds to run through all of this in your head. Giving yourself these decision deadlines will force you to think on your feet, go through the pros and cons faster, and come to a decision in a more timely fashion. It might be hard at first, but it will get easier the more you do it. You’re just building up your decision-making muscles! What’s your secret to making faster decisions? How long are your decision deadlines? Tell us!

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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to create actionable goals. Setting goals for yourself has always been a part of your life. Whether you’re creating a to-do list for the day or writing out your New Year’s resolutions, you’re constantly giving yourself items to check off. Goal-setting is an essential piece of getting what you want. Without goals, you have no map, motivation, or plan. But are you setting yourself up for success by creating the right kind of goals? Formatting your goals effectively is just as important as having them. There are two kinds of goals I typically set for myself: Ultimate goals and Actionable goals. An ultimate goal is something big that you’d like to achieve in the future. An actionable goal is like a step towards your ultimate goal. For example, let’s say one of your goals is to write a book. Great goal! This is something you’d identify this as an “Ultimate Goal.” Instead of just saying, “Write a book” on your to-do list, create actionable goals for yourself like, “Brainstorm at 3-5 plot ideas” or “Write for one hour each day.” Writing a book is the ultimate goal here, but it requires a series of “mini” goals you have to achieve first, like brainstorming plot ideas. Here’s another example. Let’s say you want to learn more about fine wines. Instead of saying “Learn more about fine wine,” perhaps you would say something like, “Watch online course on wine making,” or “Attend wine tasting this week.” So, today, challenge yourself to create actionable goals. Think about those BIG goals you want to achieve, then determine what little steps will help you get there. What are your actionable goals for this week? Tell us!

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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to identify three virtual mentors. Mentors are important influencers in your life. They are people who inspire you, shape you, and coach you. While mentors could be family members, bosses, colleagues, professional acquaintances, or friends, you don’t necessarily have to know someone in person for them to be a mentor to you. We call these people “virtual mentors.” They’re people who inspire you from afar. Whether they’re celebrities, successful business people, authors, or something else, keep them “nearby.” You don’t have to know someone personally in order for them to have a positive effect on your life. These people can inspire, shape, and coach you through their books, actions, values, missions, talks, videos, quotes, and more. As long as you look up to them, it doesn’t matter if you meet them for coffee once a month or not. One of my virtual mentors is Marie Forleo. She’s a successful business coach and entrepreneur, and she is someone who has “encouraged” me to look outside the box when it comes to business. Even though I only connect with her once a week through her email newsletter and videos, she still has had a great influence on my career. Everyone has different virtual mentors depending on their personality, goals, and personal preference. Some people will connect with you and others will not. You can have all kinds of different virtual mentors - they don’t all have to be in the same category (i.e., business coach). For example, your virtual mentors could include people like:

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