The Secret to Making the Most of My Day

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It’s crazy how much we’ve come to rely on technology, from setting my alarm in the morning, to working from home, and to keep us entertained with movies or music at night. There are only so many hours in a day, so I try to knock out as much as I can before the kids wake up, whether it’s hitting the gym, playing my morning podcasts on my Google Home, or organizing my schedule for the day. My secret to making the most of the limited hours in the day is time-blocking. I’m always setting aside specific blocks of time during my schedule for specific projects. By giving yourself a certain time-frame to get things done, you don’t have time to procrastinate and nothing gets ignored or pushed back. Having a responsive schedule with the Google Home always keeps me on track by alerting me when it’s time to switch projects and reminding me what else I have going on throughout the day.

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Working from home has it’s perks, but it can also be hard to turn it off and disconnect to hang with family so you gotta know when to turn it off. With Google Wifi, you can control everything through an app – including pausing WiFi on specific devices. It’s extreme, but for those days when you have family activities planned and can’t seem to disconnect from work, it’s great to be able to pause wifi on your devices (or your kids) to make the most of the time together.

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| CODY |

*In collaboration with Google.

 

Why Travel?

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I’ve never been one for routine or any type of monotony. I’ve learned a lot over the last few years traveling – not just about the destinations I’m traveling to, but even more about myself. Here are 5 answers to the question, “Why travel?”.

  1. I never travel to escape life or what’s going on at home. Instead I look at it in three ways: t’s either an opportunity to grow, to refresh, or to break out of my bubble.
  2. Go with a plan but have an open mind. It will help you make the most of every moment but allow for the spontaneous moments that you never expected.
  3. You realize you’re a small fish in a big sea. This is the best. Anytime I leave home, I’m reminded of how many different walks of life there are and how unique everyone can be.
  4. Your problems seem small in the scheme of things. It’s good to get outside your bubble to see real issues others are facing out there.
  5. No distractions. Basketball, dance, the kids’ friends – you leave it all at home. Traveling is a time to get to know someone without all the hustle of daily life.

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| CODY |

The First Thing You Need to Work From Home

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Working from home has its perks just as it has its challenges, so balancing the working from home and family is always about making sure the things you need the most, run the smoothest.

Between the kids streaming their favorite games or shows after school, Christine working from home, and me trying to run a few businesses out of my home office, there’s never a shortage of Wi-Fi hungry devices around the house, and there’s nothing worse than having slow Wi-Fi connection while you’re working or trying to meet a deadline. We just got Google Wifi for the house and it’s been able to keep up with the whole family. Google Wifi will also automatically adjust the settings so you’re always getting the fastest bandwidth for your devices, plus if it senses congestion from other devices it will switch you over to a clearer Wi-Fi channel so it keeps your connection fast and reliable. You can also set up the three Google Wifi points wherever you need faster  Wi-Fi in the house so that you have a stronger signal in those areas (i.e. the home office).  It’s also really easy to set-up and control all from an app, which gives you ability to pause Wi-Fi to the kids’ devices during bedtime, dinner, etc. – super useful!

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| CODY |

*In collaboration with Google.