"I actually keep a five year journal," she says. "So five years ago today, four years ago today — on the same page."
She's tracked her progress along the journey from quitting her full-time job in real estate to start her company in 2010, to hitting $10 million in revenue in 2014, to growing that to $100 million in 2016.
"It's really hard to think of what you're looking to do when you're a busy person," she says. "It's hard to get up on the balcony of your life and look down on it."
To pause, gather her thoughts and reflect on her life, the CEO takes a few minutes either at the start or end of each day to write down her thoughts.
The journal helps her "understand where creativity comes from," puts things in perspective and tracks her motivations. The exercise can be especially helpful for people who are looking to switch jobs or even careers, Kauss says.
Ask yourself "What have I appreciated in my career?" and "What do I like doing?" Next, ask yourself, "What is it that I'm seeking to change? What is it that I'm looking to do?"
The more specific you get, the CEO says, the better.