Dealing with Stress & Overwhelm at Work

I recently participated in a personal development session. At the end of the session, we went around the room and talked about what we do when we feel stressed and/or overwhelmed by work. Many of the people in the group said things like “take a walk”, “listen to music”, and…

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Vacations for Rejuvenation

With summer upon us, I wanted to write, as I did last summer at this time, about the importance of taking time off from work. I was fortunate to have participated for many years in Strategic Coach, a personal and professional development program where I learned, among many other things, the…

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Organized E-mail

A business organization I am involved with allows members to post questions to the group. It’s a way to crowd-source great ideas. This was a question someone posted: I am perennially looking for ways to organize and prioritize emails. How do you organize your Outlook inbox? Here was my reply:…

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To-Do List Ideas

I read a really good article in Fast Company magazine about to-do list mistakes. I am a big advocate of to-do lists, and of writing things down in general. Here are my favorite takeaways from the article, with my thoughts added: Create/update your next day’s to-do list before you end…

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True Vacations for Your Well-Being

In the mid-1990s, I had the good fortune of participating in the Strategic Coach® program. Its quarterly, all-day sessions helped me focus on creating the life I wanted, personally and professionally. One of the first things I learned in the program was their time management system, the most important aspect…

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Why I Am Organized

“Be Organized” is the fourth of my Six Simple Rules. I am organized in countless ways and have long felt I'm a naturally organized person. But it wasn't always that way for me. My organized life is made up of a collection of small habits I've adopted over time. What I…

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Six Rules for a Simple Life

I was playing with words in my head earlier this year, as I often do, and the title of my book, Six Simple Rules for a Better Life, became "Six Better Rules for a Simple Life". (I wrote about it in my monthly newsletter.) Simple things of all types appeal…

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