It’s our most precious asset and one we don’t like giving away without a good reason.

So it’s no wonder one of the biggest reasons people postpone their CMP program is because they are concerned about time.

  • Is this the right time in my career?
  • How will I find the time?
  • How can I balance work and life and the CMP?
  • Will I have enough time to study?
  • Have I let too much time go since I last took an exam?

I hear these questions all the time.

What I can tell you is there is no good time to begin your CMP program, other than starting today because then you are closer to benefits. The longer you wait, the longer it will be for you to profit from all the advantages. And there will never be a perfect time, so let’s get started now.

Here’s the unfortunate truth…

You can’t manage time. We can’t make time last longer. It can’t be saved for later. It advances with or without us. All we can do is make the most of it.

There are, however, some really helpful tools so you can stay focused on what’s most important each day to reach your goals. Let’s explore some helpful tools that help me make the most of each day.


This is one amazing tool!

It addresses your goals, addresses daily and weekly habits, keeps you on track, helps you time block and recognize, wins, lessons learned and morning and evening gratitude.

How can one tool do all of this?

This crafty journal has a great pdf, Self Journal – How It Works to show you how to get started. I like this pdf because you can read about the process and even try the journal before you buy. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea – different strokes for different folks, I get it! But for me, I was only a day or two into using the pdf when I realized this little journal was life changing for me.

See I had already been trying to work on my morning and evening rituals. I was trying to keep track of all that I am thankful for in my life in a gratitude journal. I was time blocking on pieces of paper. I was desperately trying to keep on track with my goals. And I was not doing any of this well.

The Best Self Journal combines all these disciplines in one place, with the idea that completing these practices will keep your goal into focus.

So if your goal is earning your CMP or something else, take a look at the self journal and how it works.

It may just be worth your time!

Ellen Maiara, CMP

I am the Chief Solutions Officer of Event Solutions Management, but I am not only an indie meeting professional. I am passionate about empowering meeting professionals to live their best life, by realizing their career goals through the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Certification. My parents were teachers, so I was taught early that we all succeed when we help someone else up. For nearly fifteen years, I have led more than 2000 meeting professionals to earn their certification using an efficient, effective system. By concentrating on three areas, content, test taking skills and confidence, students focus on activities that lead to exam success. My meeting planning niche market is Public Media, planning conferences for non-commercial radio and television associations, with medical meeting thrown in now and then for an added challenge. However, my past has had me planning as a DMC, in corporate and university settings and as a theatrical stage manager on and off Broadway. I’m is a non-Box-ie thinker and Broadway musical geek who loves electronic gadgets and computer applications. I lives in Tampa, Florida, USA with my lovely husband, Michael, and our two incredible cats, Liberty and Fidget, who have just supervised the writing of this brief biography.

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