Elizabeth Saunders: The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment

“Our routines are our support structure. Our routines are what allow our time investment to naturally flow in the directions of our priorities.” – Elizabeth Saunders


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In Smart Talk Episode 026 with Elizabeth Saunders you’ll hear about:

  • Find out how emotions can get in the way
  • Listen for the 3 secrets to time investment
  • Learn to set realistic expectations
  • She will talk about creating and sticking to a routine

The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success with Less Stress

When I started at my first job out of college, I was part of GE’s management training program.  I carried around a black planner book—I had every half hour planned.  I could tell you what I was going to be doing three or four weeks out –to the half hour.  I planned eating, I planned exercise, I planned meetings, I planned everything.  Then someone made fun of me—they meant it as joke, but it hit on something—maybe I was over-planning my life and not leaving room for spontaneity.

Then I met and got engaged to John, who was terminally ill.  I swung completely to other side of the spectrum in terms of planning.  I did my best to put things on my calendar, but I always knew things would likely change at a moments notice.  At some point, I simply gave up planning beyond, get up, go to work, and spend time with John if he was feeling up to it.


Then as email made it’s way into my life—I started living out of my inbox.  I knew that wasn’t workable, so I tried a number of calendars and to do lists, and even project management systems, but never found anything that worked as well as a handwritten list posted in big print on my whiteboard.

I still find myself struggling with the mechanics of time management – but am beginning to find a balance.  One of the things that has helped me invest my time wisely is a book by Elizabeth Grace Saunders who wrote The 3 Secrets to Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success with Less Stress.

Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E® a time coaching and training company that empowers individuals who feel guilty, overwhelmed and frustrated to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished through an exclusive Schedule Makeover™ process.

Elizabeth’s Book: The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: Achieve More Success with Less Stress:

 We’d love to hear from you! What questions or tips do you have about negotiation?  Let us know in the comments.


Elizabeth’s recommendations:

Your favorite success quote:

“For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.” ~ Viktor Frankel

Your favorites app/business resource(s):

Google Calendar



Your book pick(s):

Brene Brown: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Kerry Patterson: Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

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