The 100th Blog – 48 Tips to Better Your Life!

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an image celebrating 100 blogs published by New Frontiers

an image celebrating 100 blogs published by New Frontiers

In celebration of our 100th blog post, we decided to gather together some top tips from our team to share with you. These tips cover topics including: life management, executive functions, academics, social skills, parenting, career development, career enhancement, and executive skills. This collection of tips, contributed by our experiences coaches, coordinators, and other staff, offer valuable advice that you can incorporate into your life in the new year! Whether you’re seeking to enhance your personal life, boost your career, or navigate the complexities of parenting and social interactions, our curated tips provide actionable strategies to help you thrive in every facet of your life. Let’s embark on this journey of growth and empowerment together.

Executive Functions

Mastering Self-Management and Decision-Making: Managing tasks, setting clear goals, and developing strong executive function skills are essential to achieve success. This section offers valuable advice from seasoned professionals on enhancing executive functions. Learn how to refine your decision-making, prioritize effectively, and lead your life with confidence and adaptability.

  1. Robyn, Coach: When a client doesn’t succeed, I ask them how they would do it differently and what they learned from the experience. This helps make it a revised goal with what they learned.
  2. Samantha, Senior Vice President: I encourage clients to identify their desired outcomes at the beginning of each coaching session to develop prioritization skills, and their take-aways at the end for accountability.
  3. Alane, Coach: Clearly define goals, both big and small, near-term and long-term!
  4. Marissa, Coordinator: Create a list of priority tasks when things seem overwhelming. Prioritize tasks into short and long-term goals and set a date to start working on them.
  5. Blake, Coach: Use visual aids like charts or graphs to track progress towards goals, providing a clear and motivating overview of your achievements.
  6. Riley, Coach: Practice time management by setting specific time blocks for tasks and sticking to them to enhance focus and productivity.
  7. Harper, Coach: Organize your workspace to minimize distractions. A tidy environment can significantly boost your efficiency.
  8. Jordan, Coach: Regularly review and adjust your methods and strategies. Flexibility and adaptability are crucial for effective executive functioning.

Life Management

Embrace Balance and Productivity: Life management is all about finding balance, setting achievable goals, and nurturing self-compassion. Our experts share insights on how to organize your life, prioritize tasks, and maintain a healthy mindset. From crafting effective to-do lists to learning the art of self-care, these tips are designed to help you navigate life’s demands with grace and efficiency.

  1. Joy, Coach: My advice for Life Management is the importance of showing oneself a ton of grace. Change does not happen overnight, and it’s essential to show yourself grace, which is actually a form of self-care.
  2. Julia, Coordinator: Writing a To-Do list is great, but only if we continue to refer back to it. Set reminders on your phone to look back at your list and keep it in an easily accessible place.
  3. Elisa, Coordinator: When a client starts negatively talking about an experience, I encourage them to let it all out, then describe what they learned from that experience. It helps change our stories of failure into stories of redemption.
  4. Alex, Coach: Set aside time each week to review and adjust your goals. This reflection helps maintain focus and adapt to changing circumstances.
  5. Morgan, Coach: Develop a morning routine that includes mindfulness or meditation to start your day with clarity and intention.
  6. Taylor, Coach: Learn to say no to tasks or commitments that don’t align with your values or goals. Prioritizing your well-being is essential.
  7. Jordan, Coach: Break down large tasks into smaller, manageable steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed and to track progress more effectively.
  8. Casey, Vice President: Celebrate small victories and progress towards your goals. Acknowledging your efforts fosters motivation and self-confidence.


Strategies for Successful Learning: Academic success requires strategy, discipline, and collaboration. Here, we offer guidance on creating effective study habits, leveraging group learning, and utilizing resources to enhance your educational journey. Whether you’re a student or an educator, these tips will aid in achieving academic excellence.

  1. Casey, Vice President: I always encourage students to create study guides to share with peers. The best studying is when you explain something in your study guide to others.
  2. Alex, Coach: Create a balanced study schedule that includes breaks and leisure time to avoid burnout and maintain mental health.
  3. Taylor, Coach: Engage in group study sessions to gain different perspectives and deepen understanding of the subject matter.
  4. Morgan, Coach: Utilize educational resources like online tutorials, libraries, and workshops to enhance your learning experience.
  5. Jordan, Coach: Practice teaching what you’ve learned to others. Explaining concepts can solidify your own understanding.
  6. Casey, Coach: Regularly seek feedback on your academic work to identify areas for improvement and track your progress.

Career Development

Navigating the Path to Professional Success: Career advancement isn’t just about hard skills; it’s also about understanding the job market, networking, and personal branding. Our experts provide insights into job searching, interviewing, and career progression. Discover how to stand out in your field and make significant strides in your professional life.

  1. Julia, Coordinator: If you apply for a job via a site like LinkedIn or Indeed, find an email of someone from that team or department. Let them know you’re interested and have applied. It helps you stand out.
  2. Laura, Coach: Never assume others ‘see’ your skills or talent, especially in an interview. Use it as an opportunity to self-promote your uniqueness and why you’re an ideal candidate.
  3. Alex, Coach: Regularly update your resume and LinkedIn profile, even when you’re not actively job searching, to keep your professional image current.
  4. Kelly, Coach: Network actively in your field through professional associations, events, and online forums to open up new opportunities.
  5. Taylor, Coach: Seek out mentors who can provide guidance, support, and insights into your career path.
  6. Jordan, Coach: Engage in continuous learning and skill development to stay relevant and competitive in your field.
  7. Casey, Vice President: Prepare for interviews by researching the company and practicing your responses to common interview questions.


Guiding with Compassion and Wisdom: Parenting is one of the most challenging and rewarding roles. This section is dedicated to offering practical advice on setting boundaries, fostering communication, and understanding each child’s unique needs. Embrace these insights to nurture a supportive and loving family environment.

  1. Kim, Coordinator: When establishing clear boundaries, take the emotion out of the equation, ensure consequences are realistic and specific, and stay consistent.
  2. Jessica, Coordinator: There’s no one way or right way in parenting. Each kid is different. Remember, everyone’s progressing in their own way.
  3. Alex, Coach: Foster open communication with your children, encouraging them to share their thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment.
  4. Casey, Vice President: Stay informed about your child’s interests and activities, showing genuine interest and involvement in their life.
  5. Morgan, Coach: Be a role model for your children by demonstrating the behaviors and values you want to instill in them.
  6. Josh, Coach: Create a supportive home environment where mistakes are seen as learning opportunities.
  7. Jordan, Coach: Encourage independence in your children by allowing them to make choices and take responsibility for their actions.

Social Skills

Enhancing Interpersonal Connections: Social interactions can be daunting, but with the right approach, they can be rewarding and fulfilling. Learn how to navigate social settings with confidence, build meaningful relationships, and develop effective communication skills. These tips are designed to help you thrive in both personal and professional social situations.

  1. Casey, Vice President: When struggling to socialize, ask others questions about themselves. It drives conversation and takes the pressure off you.
  2. Alex, Coach: Develop active listening skills. Being a good listener makes social interactions more meaningful and less stressful.
  3. Eve, Coach: Join clubs or groups that align with your interests to meet like-minded people and make socializing more natural.
  4. Taylor, Coordinator: Practice self-compassion and remind yourself that everyone has awkward or uncomfortable social moments.
  5. Jordan, Coach: Volunteer for causes you care about. It’s a great way to meet people and contribute to your community.
  6. Jamie, Coach: Remember that building social skills takes time. Be patient with yourself and celebrate small improvements.

Executive Skills

Sharpening Leadership and Organizational Abilities: For those in leadership roles or aspiring to be, honing your executive skills is essential. This section is dedicated to providing strategic insights into improving decision-making, goal setting, and team management. From effective delegation to visionary leadership, these tips, contributed by seasoned executives and coaches, will equip you with the skills necessary to lead with confidence, navigate workplace complexities, and drive your team and organization towards success.

  1. Alex, Coach: Identify tasks that can be delegated to your team, allowing you to focus on high-level strategic planning and decision making.
  2. Meghan, Coach: Foster a culture of open communication by regularly providing and soliciting feedback from your team.
  3. Taylor, Coach: Ensure that your leadership goals and strategies are aligned with the organization’s vision, boosting morale and productivity.
  4. Jordan, Coach: Invest time in networking and building relationships within and outside your industry for insights and opportunities.
  5. Casey, Vice President: Stay informed about industry trends and management practices to guide your organization through changes and challenges.
  6. Rob, Coach: Learn to delegate tasks when possible. Understanding that you don’t have to do everything alone is a key executive skill.

Casey Schmalacker

Casey Schmalacker, Vice President at New Frontiers, is a seasoned leader in marketing, sales, and business development. With a dual degree in Government and Law and Economics from Lafayette College, he has spent the past 10 years coaching students, adults, and organizations to improve executive functions, soft skills, and workplace performance. Casey’s approach is rooted in strategic development and a passion for personalized coaching, emphasizing a culture of continuous improvement.

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