Ok so by now you probably know, I’m a total sucker for productivity hacks. If there’s an article about a way to do things faster or easier or a hack for getting more done in your day I’ve probably read it. Along the way I’ve come across plenty of things that didn’t work or just weren’t worth the money. Lucky for you, I won’t bore you with any of those here. I will however, share the 8 very best and cheapest apps (most are free) I’ve found and use whenever
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about “fit”. Not “fit” like how well my clothes fit, though as the holidays near with their never-ending opportunities for overindulgence I am somewhat obsessed by that type of fit too. Today however, I’m referring to finding the right fit in an environment. Like, for instance a college environment. My first born is in the midst of the college application process. If you’ve had the dubious distinction of enduring this unique and insidious form of torture sometime in the last few years then you
Over the years I’ve struggled both professionally and personally with the idea of worth. Professionally, I’ve sometimes wondered if I should consider discounting my price or settle for less in order to get more business. In my personal life I’ll admit I’ve been guilty of getting stuck in the thinking that I’m “just” a mom and by doing this I’ve unwittingly de-valued my role and contribution to my family and myself. Neither is good. I know. Though in defense I must say that professionally, I’ve found pricing one’s services is often
“Feeling Gratitude and Not Expressing it is Like Wrapping a Present and Not Giving it”. – William Arthur Ward I recently read an article in which Google CEO Larry Page was praised for being one of the most likable CEO’s in corporate America. You know why? Because according to the article, he’s good at expressing his appreciation for others and the work they do. In fact, I also came to learn that making a concerted effort to express gratitude in the workplace is baked into the Google culture
We all get stuck from time to time. We get stuck in jobs we hate, in relationships we’ve outgrown, in routines that bore us and in habits we know we should break. The list goes on. At some point we realize we need to fix it. We NEED to make a change. -But then the question becomes, how? Well, I’ve found the key to making a change is to start by changing your story. I know. You’re thinking, I came here for help. WTF are you talking about? A
So much has been written about finding a job or career you love. It’s become something of a cultural obsession, kind of like uncovering the professional Holy Grail. Honestly, who among us hasn’t thought, wouldn’t life be great if I could work at something I really enjoyed and in turn I became super successful doing it? I must admit I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time over the course of my professional life trying to solve this riddle. No doubt, like some of you I thought, gosh, if I could
They’re there to stop the other people. Ever since I read Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture, I have considered this to be one of my favorite and most inspiring quotes. Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?
“Got a Meeting? Take a Walk” According to author and business innovator Nilofer Merchant the average person sits 9.3 hours a day, and she says all this sitting is killing us. She calls sitting “the smoking of our generation.” In this short video Nilofer suggests a simple idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a “walking meeting” – the fresh air will help fresh ideas flow. This short talk really resonated with me – I
“What If Our Obvious Weakness is Actually Our Hidden Strength” We all face challenges. Maybe it’s a disability, personal characteristic or circumstance that has put us at a disadvantage. Occasionally, the challenge these obstacles present may cause us to feel a little dejected and think, “if only.” If only I hadn’t had a learning disability. If only I was taller or more attractive. If only I had been more athletic. If only my parents had had more resources. And so on. The thinking being that if only I hadn’t had this disadvantage I
What Do YOU Want? Your career should be something that gives you meaning and fulfillment; something that excites you; something that provides a feeling of accomplishment, pride and a sense that you’re making a positive impact. A career that provides freedom and flexibility where the only limits are those you set for yourself.