Work & Life

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

6 Questions to Ask When You Don’t Reach Your Goals

This week I taught a class on goal-setting. Somebody raised a question that I hear so often, I was inspired to write about it today. The question was this: “What happens if I give myself a deadline to achieve my goal, and the deadline comes and goes, and I didn’t achieve it?” When that happens, …

Find Your Passion and a New Career Path, Part 2

Last week in Part 1 of Find Your Passion and a New Career Path, I explained that unless depression is obscuring your career bliss, your passion may be hiding behind a bunch of “shoulds” left over from childhood. I promised specific ways for you to get your heart back, and here they are. Hold these …

Find Your Passion and a New Career Path

Last week I suggested that if you’re not passionate about anything in particular, you might be depressed. (See last week’s post, Is Depression Hiding Your Career Path?) If you’re not depressed, or if it feels like that’s not the whole story, we might be looking at another culprit. Bear with me while I set the …

Is Depression Hiding Your Career Path?

“I’m not really passionate about anything.” I hear this from my career counseling clients regularly, which doesn’t surprise me since most people I see are at least mildly depressed. Depression doesn’t “do” passion. You could even say that depression and passion are mortal enemies. They can’t stand to be in the same room together. Depression …

Procrastination Can Be Productive

Procrastination can be productive, especially for creative types. Often when I talk with people who are down on themselves about not moving forward, it turns out there’s something that’s not yet in place — something they need before they can take the next step. Maybe it’s a decision that needs to be made, or information …

Is It Them or Is it You?

Think about someone who’s super irritating. Have you ever thought about why they bug you so much? If you’ve ever wondered, “Is it just me, or is this person incredibly irritating?,” here are some thoughts on how to figure it out. It’s probably THEM if: 1. Most people who know them share your opinion. If …

4 Motivation Killers and What to Do About Them

When it comes to my career, I’m definitely motivated. As a self-employed therapist, teacher and self-help writer, I’ve always got several pots on the stove, and I rarely lack energy to do what needs to be done. But when it comes to home improvements… Ehh. Not so much. Oh, sure, I’d like to rearrange the …

Never Waste a Day Again

I was sitting with a client the other day who’s having a hard time getting unstuck after a series of challenges in her life. She feels like she’s just going through the motions and spinning her wheels. It’s extra difficult for her to feel that way because she’s been a workhorse her whole life. She’s …

Which Career is Right for You?

If you have a feeling there’s something special you’re supposed to do in this lifetime, that’s your heart calling to you. It’s saying, “Give your gifts to the world!” What if your heart has been calling to you, but you can’t figure out what it’s saying? Finding your true calling is both easier and harder …