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Jane relaxing along Winner Creek

Why Wait? Be Wonder-Full Today!

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Yes, you can fill yourself with wonder…

There’s a part of you always standing by,
Mapping out the sky…
Finishing a hat…
Well there never was a hat…

— Stephen Sondheim
Finishing the Hat
from Sunday in the Park with George

This mid-August Saturday evening finds me once again “finishing the hat” – working-working-working on various and sundry projects from my always full and never done, to-do list.

The definition of an optimist: Continue reading » Why Wait? Be Wonder-Full Today!

Easy Peasy

Can “Good-for-You” Be Easy Too?

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Sometimes “good for you” turns out to be more work than it’s worth!

Set some clear limits for yourself and honor them.

— Marthe

“Sounds great,” I think.  “I’m going to do it,” I decide.

Onto the to-do list it goes: Set limits/honor them…

And down the slippery slope of good intentions it slides into my “that’s-never-going-to-happen” abyss…

But I’m learning.  And I guess I’m “setting limits.” Except my version starts with challenging each piece of “good for you” advice with questions such as these:

  • How difficult will this be to implement?
  • Do I have time and/or bandwidth for this?
  • Does this move me toward my prime objectives?

Truth be told, after such scrutiny, most of that “good for you” advice doesn’t Continue reading » Can “Good-for-You” Be Easy Too?

Rice Bowl Macro January 29, 2011

Take the Drama Out of Getting Stuff Done

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When it comes to “keeping the rice bowl full,” a GSD or two helps…

An MBA doesn’t impress me. A GSD does. GSD = Gets Stuff Done. Someone who has results, results, results all over their past has a pedigree every bit as powerful as an Ivy league degree.

— Christine Comaford-Lynch

I used to work with a product manager who would come to me in a panic, declaring “This is never going to get finished. It’s all wrong. I’m going to miss my deadline!”  And, the first time I heard those words I was filled with concern – for her, the project, and our track record of successes.  But after a while I figured out that Continue reading » Take the Drama Out of Getting Stuff Done

Mazzali: "Accento" bed / il letto "Accento" . Bedroom area

Make Your Bed

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Do you set boundaries for yourself – not boundaries for others – but boundaries for you?

Make your bed.

— What God told Patsy Clairmont

I confess, I don’t make my bed every morning.  Nor do I sweep the kitchen floor every day.  Heresy, I know.  But I do OD – overdo – in many other aspects of my life.  And I’m beginning to think that it’s time for me to set boundaries on all that OD-ing.  Let me explain how I arrived at this conclusion – and why the admonition to “make your bed” propelled me there.

On Friday evening I was playing channel roulette – searching for something on cable TV to entertain me as I relaxed after a day of OD-ing.  Mind you, I’d accomplished quite a lot simply by returning over and over to the looooong list of assignments (business, personal and household) that had accumulated over the past five days.  This is how my week had gone: Continue reading » Make Your Bed

There is Never enough Time

May You Have Enough…

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I run out of day before I run out of To-Do’s – how about you?

Back in June I saved a Family Circus cartoon that made me smile.  Cuddled in her Father’s arms, nightgown-clad little Dolly, tells him:

Mommy says it’s bedtime… but I wasn’t through with today yet.

That pretty much describes my day: it’s late evening but there’s still so much left on my To-Do list – leftovers I ambitiously thought I’d have finished by now.  Much like little Dolly, I’m just Continue reading » May You Have Enough…