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Questions To Ask The Dinner Table This Holiday Season

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Want to make the Holiday table a little bit more playful and the conversation a whole lot deeper? Go around the table and ask these questions to spark a meaningful conversation with the people you love.


12 Questions To Ask Your Friends

  1. What are you most proud of yourself for accomplishing this year?

  2. What do you need or want support in for the upcoming year or next few months?

  3. What was your first impression of the person sitting across from you?

  4. What does the person to your left’s perfect date look like?

  5. What’s one thing someone did for you this week that made you feel loved?

  6. What is the best piece of advice you have received this year?

  7. What do you wish you could have told yourself this time last year?

  8. Who would you want to start a business with at this table and what would it be?

  9. Describe the person to your right in three words.

  10. Share one movie, book or quote that has stuck with you this year.

  11. Who at the table is most likely to be the next president of the United States?

  12. What TV show would everyone at this table take over?


12 Questions To Ask Your Family

  1. What fictional character does the person to your right remind you of?

  2. How do you want to be remembered?

  3. What’s been the hardest moment of your life and how did you get through it?

  4. What part of your home brings you the most joy and why?

  5. What is one habit you are committed to implementing next year?

  6. What would you do if money was infinite?

  7. Share your most vivid memory of the person sitting across from you.

  8. What are you most proud of yourself for accomplishing this year?

  9. What’s one valuable lesson you’ve learned this year?

  10. Share one of your favorite family stories.

  11. What dish on the table represents the person to your right? Why?

  12. What’s something you’re looking forward to?

3 Productivity Techniques to Survive the Hustle

 
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Productivity is one of those concepts that we all know is important, and yet can feel unattainable on a consistent basis. As freelancers, entrepreneurs, or those that dictate our own schedule, what’s to keep us from spiraling down a rabbit hole, only to emerge 6 hours later with a to-do list even longer then we started with?

One way to boost productivity is to treat it as an experiment. Try out a few different techniques with the goal of observing how you best work. As an individual, you will have a different way of working than the woman next to you. The sooner you know what working style best serves you, the easier it will be to create your schedule and make more time for the other aspects of your life that fill you up.

Sprints

Developed by software engineers, sprinting is a great technique for when you have a full plate or various projects going on at one time. It’s as much a mindset as it is an active practice. You begin your work session by identifying the most time-sensitive and/or impactful task you have to complete. You write them down on a post-it or in a notebook that you will be able to see clearly as a reminder. If it’s a larger scale project, focus on one piece of it that you can accomplish that day. It is helpful to break up a tasks into a maximum of 3 hour chunks (you can’t be sprinting forever!)

What follows next is the commitment to complete that first sprint, and only that task, without moving on until it’s complete. It’s discipline and determination as you focus on where you are headed.  Put your phone on airplane mode, don your sound-proof headphones, create as minimal distraction as possible.

This part is important: Once you complete the task, take a moment to reward yourself. This can include a walk, 10 minutes of watching a comedic skit on the internet, calling a friend, making a special cup of tea, whatever would make you feel rewarded for your efforts. It is important to not dive right into the next task without giving yourself the well deserved accreditation. Through a small reward system, you routinely fill yourself back up before heading into the next sprint. It is a marathon, after all.

Batching

Batching is another productivity technique that organizes either hours of the day or whole days into buckets. 8am-12pm might be your creative chunk, where brainstorming, writing, content ideation takes place. You could also assign this to a specific day, meaning that on Mondays you schedule whatever will support you and your creativity and keep your focus there. If batching whole days, Tuesdays might be when you schedule your meetings or calls.

Batching is ideal if you are working for yourself or with a small team that can agree to honor each other’s batch times, or work within the same batched framework. Batching can be helpful for those of us who struggle with organization or feel subject to overwhelm. Color-coding your calendar to reflect your batch times creates the visual architecture within which you will work as well as clearly communicates your schedule to your team. When you set your week up in advance through the batching technique, you lay  out a structure that will ultimately give you more space and reduce the stress of figuring out what to focus on when.

Be sure to make some of your batches about your well-being, meaning you reserve time to connect with friends or loved ones, exercise, and enjoy activities that fill you up.

Accountability Partner

One reason coworking can be so beneficial is that it offers natural accountability partners. Whether or not you are working on similar projects or not, sharing space with someone who is working propels you into focus mode (pets do not count). Accountability is one of the major struggles freelancers/entrepreneurs have, especially when working from home.

Quick fix? Choose someone to to whom you can hold yourself accountable, and that you can support in holding accountable. If you are not sharing space, make it a practice to send each  other a daily email or text with the tasks you will complete that day. As is true with the batching and sprint techniques, be sure to relay how you will reward yourself once you complete said tasks. As accountability partners, you can check in with one another at the end of each day to reflect what was completed as well as what remains unfinished.

Our Favorite Start Up Podcasts

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Whether you work at a large company, are building your own business, or dream of one day building something of your own...we all have lots to learn from what it takes to scale a company.

We love these Start Up podcasts below for the insight they give us into leadership strategies, and the kind of perseverance it really takes.

Our Favorite Start Up Podcasts

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman - Episode to check out: Task Rabbit with Stacy Brown-Philpot

How I Built This from NPR - Episode to check out: Drybar with Ali Webb

Start Up from Gimlet Media - Episode to check out: Start from 001 and hear a real-life pitch to an investor.

Lean Startup - Episode to check out: We’re big fans of all of their case studies!

HBR Ideacast - Episode to check out:  Getting People to Help You with Heidi Grant

 

 

Favorite Money Books from the Quilt Community

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We've compiled some of your top reads below. Have another that wasn't featured here? Let us know!

  1. "The Soul of Money" by Lynne Twist

  2. "How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind" by Leah Weiss

  3. "The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life" by Rosamund Zander

  4. "Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!" by Robert Kiyosaki

  5. "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill

  6. "The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness" by Bari Tessler

  7. "Smart Women Finish Rich" by David Bach

  8. "The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy" by Thomas J. Stanley

  9. "Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles" by Barbara Stanny

  10. "Overcoming Underearning: A Five-Step Plan to a Richer Life" by Barbara Stanny

  11. "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill

  12. "The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness" by Bari Tessler

  13. "You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth" by Jen Sincero

  14. "The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke" by Suze Orman

  15. "A Woman's Worth" by Marianne Williamson

  16. "The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles" by Marianne Williamson

  17. "Smart Women Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams" by David Bach

Read one of the above? Let us know how it goes!