Emily Guy Birken – How To Prioritize Your Work Despite Major Life Changes [063]

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How To Prioritize Your Work Despite Major Life Changes

Show notes

The pandemic has catalyzed more changes in our lives than we could ever have predicted. How should we go about factoring these changes into the stride of our daily lives and the progress of our work?

In this episode, Sarah Li Cain speaks with Emily Guy Birken, a Plutus Award-winning freelance writer and book author, about the systems that Emily set in place for herself and her family to reorganize their routines and adapt to both the pandemic and the change in Emily’s work intensity from her new book contract.

Episode highlights

  • How the pandemic impacted Emily’s work and life priorities
  • How Emily and her family handle the change in her work intensity
  • The systems Emily implements to organize her work and home life
  • Emily discusses lessons from writing her book

Episode contents

0:00 Introduction
1:20 How the pandemic impacted Emily’s work and life priorities
7:29 How working with a co-author affected her writing process
10:20 How Emily and her family handle the change in her work intensity
13:34 The systems Emily implements to organize her work and home life
15:58 Emily discusses coordinating time with her co-author
20:20 How Emily’s kids respond to the changes in Emily’s work schedule
22:57 Emily discusses lessons from writing her book
25:36 Where to find Emily and her work
26:05 Lessons & wrap-up

About Emily Guy Birken

Emily Guy Birken is a former educator, lifelong money nerd, and a Plutus Award-winning freelance writer who specializes in the scientific research behind irrational money behaviors. Her background in education allows her to make complex financial topics relatable and easily understood by the layperson. Her work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Kiplinger’s, MSN Money, and The Washington Post online. She is the author of The 5 Years Before You Retire, Choose Your Retirement, Making Social Security Work for You, and End Financial Stress Now. Emily lives in Milwaukee with her engineer husband, two elementary-aged sons, a retired racing greyhound, and a cat that doubles as a throw pillow.

You can follow Emily Guy Birken at her website and on Twitter.

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About Sarah Li Cain, Podcast Host

Sarah Li-Cain is a finance writer, the founder of Beyond the Dollar, and an AFC (Accredited Financial Counselor) candidate whose work has appeared in places like Bankrate, Business Insider, Redbook, Financial Planning Association, Stacking Benjamins and Her Money podcast with Jean Chatzky (of NBC Today). Her work blends practical tips and mindset strategies so that those trying to change their financial life can see themselves in the starring role. She also integrates physical, spiritual and mental wellness so that money becomes a tool to enhance people’s lives.

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