Some thoughts on this quote: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese or African Proverb   I’ve heard the quote above attributed to both the Chinese and Africans. At some point, I should spend a little time with Google and answer that definitively. But, really, today the origination 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 …

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 …

The Power Of The Simple “Thank You”

I pride myself on thanking people. I see this as basic. Time and time again, though, I hear how rarely it happens. Really, one of the most basic elements of community building: acknowledging each other. An element of “namaste”, of seeing each other at a deep level, of valuing each other. Appreciating everyone’s unique gifts Read More …

Working Past Exhaustion: A Recipe For Mistakes

Oh, the frustrations of long, long days! I generally work normal work hours. Sure, at times I’m on my computer on weekends or after hours. But I’d be doing that anyways. However, I’m taking an evening class right now. The class meets one night a week, so that demand isn’t that much. But after an Read More …

Thoughts on Effectiveness and Hope 

I’ve long been a devote of Steven Covey. To this day, I try to keep his principles in mind.  One of the central elements is the importance: urgency grid.  The upper right grid is the key place: but urgent and important. Urgent and important grab priority, followed by urgent and not important. Not important and Read More …