Finally! You Can... Actually Use Up Those Vacation Days

Be honest with yourself: How much time do you spend daydreaming about lying on the beach, versus actually lying on the beach? If you’re like most Americans, you’re not using up that precious PTO: A recent survey from the U.S Travel Association found that 41 percent of people with jobs that offer vacation days don’t plan to use all their paid time off. But why? This year, make a point to use up those vacation days (it’ll help you avoid burnout). 

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Finally! You Can... Stop Hitting The Snooze Button

2015 is here and it's time to start breaking those bad habits! 

Are you one of those people who sets the alarm early, hoping to finally — magically — morph into a morning person who is able to wake up without hitting snooze?  For many of us (particularly the non-early bird crowd), the thought of waking up on the first alarm seems nearly impossible. But the truth is, it is possible to break your snooze button habit.

Find how and why to make the change here.

Goals Not Resolutions

Each season as another new year approaches we all take the time to think about our resolutions we want to make. I should (insert activity) more and (insert a vice) less. We almost always set ourselves up to fail, so this year I decided to approach my new year from a new perspective. Rather than coming from a negative "I shouldn't do this" mentality, I decided to swap resolutions for goals.

Starting from more of a "yes" mentality enables us to create a vision and creating the vision is the first step in making it a reality. Think of all the things you want to accomplish this year and be realistic with your goals. If you start with something that is so daunting you will never complete it. Make a list of the top three goals you have for this year and the basic steps you need to take to reach them. For example, one of my goals is to getting something published in the New York Times. How do I get that done? Set aside some time to come up with article ideas, read through sections in the Times and see where they might fit, research editors to pitch to, write a pitch and send it on its way. While it seems like a lofty goal, breaking it down to smaller steps makes it more manageable. Even if nothing sticks over the course of the year, I'll know I at least tried. (But let's hope something does!)

Go ahead, get a notebook or pad of paper and write down:


And fill in those 2015 goals (not resolutions)!