The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
— Abraham Lincoln
With the Olympics for the next two weeks, there’s even more emphasis on time than before. Events are measured in hundredths or even thousandths of a second. So when I focus on a full week of time, it seems like a very lot.
We all seem to wrestle with time. Even my retired friends seem to feel a lack of time, an inability to fit everything into their schedules – which is truly ironic considering that we all think that “When I’m retired…” I’ll have plenty of time.
In reality, this may just be a reflection of the old saying that if Continue reading » All the Hours in a Week
Have you ever been waylaid by IYFS?
Help! I’m being attacked by IYFS: In-Your-Face-Syndrome!
In Your Face: Like the buzzing mosquito won’t let yo’ forget it…
Worse than the flu bug that goes away after a few miserable days, IYFS has hijacked my month’s productivity with a horde of clamoring priorities…each one vying for attention, each demanding “do this now!” You might remember that last month I complained about “chasing too many objectives.” And, four weeks later, despite my efforts to focus on one primary objective, other less-important tasks have repeatedly deflected me from my mission… I’ve been: Continue reading » What’s In Your Face?
It’s always your next move.
— Napoleon Hill
Do you know what you believe and do your beliefs empower you? We may think we know what we believe but over time our beliefs change. We can be so busy that we don’t notice and unconscious beliefs can be the most helpful/hurtful beliefs that we hold.
For me, I find that I can be a great cheerleader for other people, because I see the possibilities in other people more easily than I see them in myself. AND I believe that other people can achieve, while being not so sure about what I can achieve.
Lately I’ve been suffering from writer’s block. For me writer’s block doesn’t mean that there’s nothing out there to write about. Rather, it means that there’s nothing that I want to write about. The problem is that after a while, I begin to believe that the writing drought is reality – forever. As a result, I Continue reading » Protect Yourself
What do you do when procrastination is PLAGUING you?
In three of my recent posts I explored various topics surrounding procrastination – Have Fun NOW, The Yes… Damn Effect, and Just Git-R-Done. In this post I will grapple with my own inclination to procrastinate.
A short while back I was suffering from terminal procrastination. I decided at the time to draw myself a motivational picture depicting a reward for finishing. I drew this little caricature of myself in a hammock on a desert island, enjoying the satisfaction of being done with my duties.
— Roy Blumenthal
I, Ellie, have decided that procrastination isn’t going to keep me down. I’m declaring a truce with my To-Do List. I’m going to shift from procrastination to productivity.
I have my ways… For instance, in the past I often tagged my To-Do List with the title: Wish-It-Were-Done. Why? Because one day, when I was resisting doing my expense report, I sighed “Gee I wish this were done!” And that simple thought shifted my emotional state from discouraged to motivated. I subsequently whipped out the expense report in record time. I also had the good sense to recognize that I’d stumbled upon a good idea: rename that darned list to Wish-It-Were-Done-List! It’s time for me to do so again.
Here are some other techniques that have worked for me in the past… Continue reading » Ellie Wishes It Were Done!
How have you creatively solved changing priorities in your life?
Being able to adapt to change is an important aspect of resiliency. So, what happens when you have to change priorities? Well first of all, we often need a whack on the side of the head to notice that some important aspect in our lives has changed. Once we get that message, then what?
Continue reading » Changed Priorities Ahead