• work life

    Is September the New January?

    Have you heard versions of this? September is the new January! Fall is a fresh start! It makes perfect sense to me because, let’s be honest here, January is all about intention and often no action. Sure, we have big dreams. We set big goals. But, who wants to work on their beach body when there’s a foot of snow outside? Or dive into huge work projects when you know you have a whole year ahead of you? September reminds us that the year is coming to a close. That we have a smidge over one quarter of the calendar left to accomplish all those things we wanted to do.…

  • freelance life

    Confessions of a planner addict

    Hi. My name is Maggie, and I’m a planner addict. (This is a safe space for those sorts of confessions, yes?) It’s all because I love setting goals. Okay. That isn’t entirely true. If we’re being confessional, I might as well let my Type-A, hyper-competitive colors shine: It’s not that I love setting goals. Nope. It’s that I love¬†achieving goals. But, you can’t achieve anything unless you’ve defined it first. Hence, my planner addiction. This is on the top of my mind right now for two reasons. First, I recently joined a planning group on Facebook (yep, there are more of us!). Second, I start setting the next year’s goals…

  • work life

    New year, new you? Bah, humbug!

    I’m not one for resolutions. It seems counterproductive to create resolutions that are so easy to break. Instead, I focus on goals. With a busy year ahead, I spent the last week putting my goals down on paper and making my 2012 plan binder. In it, I list all my goals along with their deadlines, action steps, and any data required to complete the goal. I have tabs for my freelance work, my dog blog, the two writing courses I teach face-to-face, the business writing e-course that will launch in the fall, training plans for all three of my dogs, and personal goals. Excessive? Maybe. But I know exactly what…