Ikigai: an idea to explore

Found this graphic exploring Twitter this morning Check out @wef’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/wef/status/927159068413833216?s=09 A very clever Venn diagram displaying the importance of balance in life. Each of the four pieces bring value:  What you love What the world needs What you can be paid for What you are good at  We find our best life, with Read More …

Your Best Work Isn’t “Nothing”

As you may have noticed, I think very highly of Seth Godin. This blog post gave words to an idea I’ve been considering: Money for nothing Seth says “…your best work isn’t nothing…”. I adore that! A reminder that our work is valuable, that our lives have worth. Seeking shortcuts to accomplishment not only shortchanges the Read More …

Warren Buffet Quote: The Value Of Saying “No”

 Saying “No” to opportunities…a huge challenge for me. Mastering this provides key benefits. The biggest? Focus. The more time and energy directed towards the things that matter, that we value, the more we accomplish. Related to that: distractions. Saying “yes” too often ensures a distracted, unfocused, confused life. One with missed deadlines, people left hanging, Read More …

Making The World Better: Thinking Positively

Currently, I find it challenging to deal with all the world’s negativity. Power, control and cache get granted to those who “pwn” the strongest. We relish the putting down, degradation and humiliation of those we deem “enemy” or other. Long ago, I committed to living life the opposite way. Seeking ways to build up my Read More …

A Monday Motivational Thing

This flowed into my inbox moments ago. I like it! Now, let’s be clear, it’s also uncomfortable. This speaks to me because, well, it IS me. I work hard to face mistakes, use them to make myself better. But fear plays a loud part. I hate looking/feeling incompetent. Really, though, that’s my label. My self-talk…talking. Read More …

The Lies of Impostor Syndrome

I love this one by Jorge Cham of PhD comics. Reminds me of all the times that I’ve had anxiety attacks when asked to push outside of my boundaries. So, a few things to remember: Prof. Jones has plenty invested in the success of his students/team. And a good leader will see things in you Read More …

An Element Of Efficiency: Slowing Down To Speed Up

With all the work I’ve done studying organization and productivity systems, a common element: taking time to thoughtfully consider actions. In today’s day-and-age, it’s easy to get caught up in stimulus:response, on reactive reactions. Or, as the adage goes, “running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off”. Taking time to: Determine the scope Read More …

Food for Thought: Anil Dash’s “The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men”

I’d forgotten about Anil’s post to Medium a “little ways back”, so I was able to look with fresh eyes. “The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men” I really appreciate his efforts to amplify responsibly. And have tried, over the years, to take the same idea to heart. I may not have Anil’s reach, but I Read More …

The importance of my calendar, and other tools 

Oh, trying to stay on top if the mania of my life. It’s not easy right now, nor has it been so in ages. Trying to get everything I want to do done is hard.  My friends and family know that I need to enter anything asked if me into my cakebdar. If that doesn’t Read More …

A new productivity tool

Just discovered Best Self. After briefly skimming their site, I see a lot of potential with their productivity tools. There’s a journal that intrigues me.  It’s set up for 13 week goal setting and tracking. I like the way they break down your goals and then build out plans to make them happen.  Keeping focus Read More …