Work & Life

These articles address organization, productivity, career path and other work-related topics.

Being Generous Drives Business Success (Unless You’re a Woman)

Over the years, books like Adam Grant’s Give and Take have popularized the idea that you can get ahead in business by putting other people first.  According to this wisdom, rather than looking out for Number One all the time, success-seekers should give their time and attention to others while expecting nothing in return. This …

Your Life Purpose Might Have Nothing to Do With Service

This post was inspired by this recent video from Marie Forleo, whom I appreciate and admire. It touches on the concepts of life purpose, service, and meaning. A fan had written to Marie to ask how she could make sure her personal fulfillment didn’t decrease when she left her service profession and switched to art. The fan was worried that her …

A Simple Strategy to Make Every Day Productive

If you’re like me, you have some days when you’re the queen of your life and get forty-three things done before lunch … and others where changing out of your pajamas is the day’s biggest achievement. This is one of the many reasons I love listening to business-oriented podcasts. You can pick up gems of …

Try This New Spin on Goal-Setting

Recently I listened to an interview with Chalene Johnson, who introduced me to a new idea for goal-setting. At first I was skeptical, but when I actually went through Chalene’s steps, it worked! Here’s what she suggested: 1. Set 10 goals. WHAT? TEN goals? That’s too many, isn’t it? Trust Chalene. Write down 10 goals …

Introverts: 4 Survival Tips for Networking Events

What do you think of when you hear the words, “networking event”? For introverts, networking often calls to mind standing in a roomful of strangers, trying to balance a drink and a miniature paper plate with 3 grapes, a square of cheese and two crackers on it while pretending to enjoy yourself and secretly wondering …

How Organized Are You?

An organizationally talented friend was helping me organize the nightstand beside my bed. “What’s this?” she asked, pulling a melon-sized object in a soft case from the drawer. “It’s a blood pressure monitor,” I told her. “How often do you use it?” “Maybe once a year,” I guessed. I’d bought it a few years earlier …

Visualize Your Goals with a Vision Board

Do you have a vision for what you want your life to look like? There are two sayings that mirror each other, both of which are true: “You’ll believe it when you see it,” and “You’ll see it when you believe it.” In other words, it’s easier to realize a goal that you truly believe …

What’s Behind the Fear of Failure?

Fear of failure may be common, but its roots don’t always look the same in every case. In a room full of people who identify as being afraid of failure, you’ll get to a roomful of different fears if you scratch the surface. If you suffer with a fear of failure that holds you back, …

Don’t Speak Up, Speak In

If you’re in a workplace that’s sucking the life out of you, making you furious or otherwise driving you nuts, you might NOT want to speak up about it. People who speak up about what’s wrong at work are often labeled negative. If you have feelings about what’s going on in the workplace but you …

The Secret Cost of Pursuing Your Dreams

If you have a dream and you try to make it a reality, you might fail. Then you won’t have your dream anymore. This is the hidden cost of pursuing your dreams. It’s not just the risk of failure that’s off-putting, it’s the loss of potential success. I’ve found this to be a common reason …

Multitasking vs. Unitasking: No Contest

Whenever the topic of multitasking is raised, so are my antennae. I’m tragically aware of my inability to “unitask,” and like Pinnochio who wanted to be a real boy, I long to be something I’m not. In my case, I want to be present. Focused. I want to be able to do just one thing …

Do the Work You Were Born to Do

Some people are lucky enough to know what they want to do in life from the time they’re in diapers. There are people who were always going to be doctors, people whose athletic skills destined them for the Big Leagues, people who always knew they wanted to study spiders, fish, the economy, etc. If you’re …

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