Hacks Newsletter – Week 11 – Sticking to the New You


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Sticking to the New You.

The start of a new year is as much about making resolutions as it is about keeping them. In lockstep with last week’s email, this week I’ve collected hacks to help you stick with all you have resolved to achieve & accomplish in 2020.  

Hacks for Habits

  • Life Hack #94: Schedule everything. Adding something to your schedule makes it highly more likely you’ll do it. Calendars works retroactively, too, helping you track of tasks, habits, and touchpoints with people. 
  • Leadership Hack #17: Be open to the organic next steps. This is true in business and in life (and in sticking to resolutions!). Whether you initiated the transition or it’s been forced onto you, be open, courageous, and honest as you look at what could organically unfold.
  • Life Hack (New): Be a slave to a routine, not a schedule. This goes in tandem with #1: while scheduling everything is crucial, prioritize a routine. Whether school departure happens at 8:18 or 8:28 is irrelevant: it’s my commitment to taking my kids to school that counts. 

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In conversation with advisor and activist Christie Hefner, Alyssa will share insights from her book and provide strategies for everything from managing a household to taking colleagues to rock concerts. To RSVP, please email Irina Gavrilova at info@ajrventures.com.

  • Chicago, IL | Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center | January 22 @ 11:30 a.m. 

Alyssa will be in conversation about #hacksthebook with Cherryl Thomas, Vice Chair, Chicago Zoological Society at the Brookfield Zoo later this month. To RSVP, please contact Elaine Sundberg (708) 688-8307 or elaine.sundberg@czs.org.

Alyssa will be joining YaleWomen Chicago for a talk on the book. To RSVP, please email Irina Gavrilova at info@ajrventures.com.

In partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Alyssa will speak with the University of Chicago’s Women in Business Group at the Charles M. Harper Center (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave.). Please secure your tickets via this link.

Alyssa will be headlining a Viewpoints Event at the Center Club of Maryland. If you want to RSVP now, you can contact Janine Lis at the Center Club at jlis@centerclub.org. 

Alyssa will be discussing #hacksthebook at the Women’s Athletic Club of Chicago. To RSVP, please email Irina Gavrilova at info@ajrventures.com.

The Stanford Chicago Alumni Association will be hosting Alyssa for a book talk in March. More details to follow soon!


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