Lessons I Learned in My First Year as a Full-Time Business-Owner (The State of Free Period 2021)

It's been a smidge over a year since I've gone full-time with Free Period, so I thought it'd be a good time for a check-in! (Mostly for myself, but happy to share. 🙂)

2020 was quite the roller coaster, but it wasn't all bad. Being forced to stay home made me examine the what, how, and why of my work — and I learned a ton.

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Book Review & Takeaways: Big Dreams, Daily Joys

I'm trying something new to share books I've loved. Instead of attempting to summarize an entire book for you, I'll be sharing what especially resonated with me or changed my outlook. After all, that's supposedly the point of self-development books, right? First up is Big Dreams, Daily Joys by Elise Blaha Cripe.

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Sunday Power Hour: My Secret to a Productive Week Ahead

As the Routine Queen (TM), I wanted to share my new-ish Sunday night ritual. I realized that my Sunday Night Blues were mostly due to having a vague sense of dread of not knowing what I would be walking into the next week. With this new routine, I'm able to reflect on the past week, see (and celebrate!) the progress I've made, and come up with a big picture game plan for the coming week that leaves me feeling focused and grounded.

The whole thing takes less than an hour and is best paired with a cup of tea and a cozy couch.

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On Encouraging Bad Ideas

I love every product that we make, but I’m often surprised by which do well and which do just so-so. After learning and internalizing this idea of focusing on output, I have stopped waiting for the perfect product idea and have instead focused on getting them out into the world and letting others decide if they’re any good or not.  It’s been very freeing to take the pressure of “greatness” off of my shoulders and, instead, focusing on producing the best product I can.

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How to Create a Routine That Fits Your Circadian Rhythm

Traditional productivity tells us to bulldoze through our day from the moment we wake up until we’re back in bed at night. But believe it or not — humans are not robots with endless amounts of energy. (Shocking, I know!) We all have a circadian rhythm, a daily cycle with natural ebbs and flows of energy throughout the day. Have you every noticed that you’re more productive during certain times of the day? That’s your circadian rhythm at work!

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How to Have an Epic Day of Adulting

You know how you have that running list of things you just never end up getting around to? Things like tightening that loose doorknob, uninstalling that software you never use anymore, or patching that hole in your wall? Inspired by the book The Power of Moments, I’ve started batching these tasks together into what I call EPIC DAY OF ADULTING!

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Documenting Your Planned vs. Actual Schedule

I’ve been trying something new with my schedule. Although I usually time-block my days, things don’t always go as planned. To improve upon future scheduling and time management, I’ve begun tracking what actually happens each day, compared to my initial scheduling. I can start to learn what tasks regularly take longer or shorter than I think they will. I’m using our Daily Schedule Magic notepad, but you can use whatever planner or notepad works best for you!

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100 Suggested Habits to Track in Your Habit Calendar

We get a lot of questions about what to track in your Habit Calendar. So we compiled this list of 100 (!) habits that you can track daily, weekly, or monthly. They are broken down into categories so that you can pull from these ideas based on your priorities. Not sure where to begin? We also have a free downloadable Brainstorm Guide so you can figure out what habits would be most helpful to you!

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7-Day Social Media Detox Challenge

Are you entering mindless scrolling loops more and more these days? Us, too. That's why we came up with a 7-Day Challenge to put you in the Slow Social mindset, allowing you to consume social media less, and get a huge amount of brain space back in return.

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How to Structure Your Day When Working From Home

Are you new to working from home? Not sure how to keep a productive schedule throughout the day? Can't find good habits that stick? Or maybe you've been operating from your home office for a while, but could still use some advice to up your game? As creative professionals who are pretty familiar with WFH life, we're here to help.

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