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Like Art, Life is Full of Lost Edges

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Ever felt like you just didn’t have the energy or the will to do the things you normally find easy to do?

I am writing this on a Monday but I’m in “Sunday mode” – meaning that the entire fiber of my being is begging for a day of rest!  Maybe I’m losing my Continue reading » Like Art, Life is Full of Lost Edges

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That “Vacation Feeling”

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How can YOU grab hold of that “vacation feeling”?

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

— Nelson Mandela

I just got back from a delightful and low-key vacation – a road trip up the California coast.  Beautiful!

And now my brain is having a hard time getting a grip on “real life”… After a relaxing eight days of being detached from all the comings and goings and doings that enrich and envelope my usual days, I’m rev’n in neutral – quietly enthusiastic about doing nothing, going nowhere!  Thankfully, either I didn’t leave myself a bunch of to-do lists or I hid them from myself – either which way, it’s a good thing.

I imagine I’ll get back in the swing of things soon, probably mañana.  I guess that’s when I’ll get down to business and figure out what I should be doing.  (Right after I Continue reading » That “Vacation Feeling”

Ellie Wishes It Were Done!

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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!

Savoring the Gifts of the Season

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You’re almost there – squeeze in some time to savor the gifts of the season!

There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.

— Erma Bombeck

The carol exclaims: Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat!
The children fuss: WHEN will it be Christmas???
And the parents plead: So much to do, slow down, slow down…

You’re almost there… I invite you to heed Erma Bombeck’s advice and let your inner child come out to play… find ways to savor the joys and blessings of these last few days of Christmas.

The To-Do List That Stole Christmas

Sure, your list is 10 days long and your time-line is down to 48 hours or less… what’s a body to do?  Continue reading » Savoring the Gifts of the Season