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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 5: In the End, It’s the Effort That Matters

This challenge is not an all-or-nothing thing—the only failure is in not trying. – Sinda A. Today is day 28 of my Ever Better Challenge, which is no desserts for 30 days in the hope of losing a little weight. I recognize that skipping dessert is easy for some people, but I’m not one of them. It’s much easier for me to skip meals and go straight to the good

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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 4: Consider the Past, Continue What Works

It’s been a long 21 days. I think giving up desserts for my Ever Better Challenge (Evernote’s 30-day program to help you finish what you start) was a decent idea, but it might have been an easier feat after the holidays. I never noticed how ubiquitous holiday desserts were until this year. Every day was an obstacle course—coworkers bringing baked goods to the office! Friends, neighbors, and relatives giving treats

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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 3: Overcome Setbacks, Finish What You Started

So, about that cookie I mentioned in last week’s blog… It was an accident. Sometimes setbacks are. Like when you want to start running every day, but you sprain your ankle. Or when you commit to an Ever Better Challenge to stop eating desserts, but a tray of warm chocolate chip cookies is placed in front of you at your office’s holiday party—and you instinctively grab one and take a

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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 2: Maintain the Change, Get Closer to Your Goal

I’m grumpy. People are starting to ask me if I’m OK. I politely tell them I’m fine, but the truth is I’m craving desserts. It feels like something is missing. I don’t want to get too existential, but life has felt a little empty over the last week. It’s been about seven days since I stopped eating dessert for my Ever Better Challenge. So far, I have lost a pound

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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 1: Build a Plan, Change a Habit

I’m typing this on Monday morning, although I suppose that’s not a very meaningful detail. How about: I’m typing this on Monday morning—without the aid of the chocolate-hazelnut croissant I treat myself to at the beginning of each week. Why? Because today is the first day of my Ever Better Challenge, which is no desserts for 30 days in the hope of losing a little weight. (You might be thinking

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Stuck in the Middle: Conquering Writer’s Block

The nightmare begins something like this: The Writer is in her groove, typing or scribbling away. The words are flowing beautifully, then, suddenly… nothing. The Writer has hit a wall. All momentum vanishes. She can’t focus. She can’t think. The frustration boils over, and the words are abandoned. Pretty scary, huh? Every writer has moments like this, especially during National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a NaNoWriMo. Maybe you’re stumped about what

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Don’t Put it Off: Procrastination

We all procrastinate. Whether it’s hitting the snooze button again, not wanting to go to the dentist, or putting off an unpleasant task awaiting you (you know, that one …), we all have things we love to do and things we hate to do. We do them — eventually; the question is, what will it take to get us to do them? That sage of the early 20th century, Robert

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Do vs. Done Lists: Jot Down Your Small Wins to Amplify Success

If you’re reading the Evernote Blog, chances are you’re someone who loves to get things done. To move the needle. But have you ever had the suspicion that the way you’re approaching your to-do list and overall task planning is hindering your effectiveness? Perhaps your processes are increasing stress or anxiety (known disruptors to problem-solving) and clouding your creative thought.   The power of progress It’s interesting to note that

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