Self-Improvement

path through a rocky forest

What skill do you want to improve?  When I was new to management, my first performance development meeting was with a therapist who was an experienced, capable person with no performance issues (yay for an easy start). She’d gotten feedback from others (all glowing), done self-reflection (accurate, if a bit hard on herself), and picked goals…

There’s Always Less To Do

notebooks with a to do list saying LESS ... and dance

Do you always get through your to-do list? If you're laugh-crying at such a ridiculous question, you're not alone. If your answer is "usually, not always" then congratulations, that's awesome! A) Tell us how and B) Are there things you'd like to be doing but can't fit them in? Maybe this will help. The key…

I Need a User Manual

picture of old house with ivy

I drafted a post about needing a user manual for my house. A few neurons connected and it became a metaphor for me needing a user manual, for me. My house is over a hundred years old. The exact date of its construction unknown, the kids and I held a birthday party for its centennial…

No Need to Keep Notes

blue box for recycling

I’m giving a presentation soon to a new group, who aren’t familiar with my radical decluttering methods, but they are professional organizers, so … I’m tempted to ask them: What will you do with the handout after the session is done? I love Marie Kondo's approach: “My basic principle for sorting papers is to throw…

Short and Sweet

screenshot of short email

Want to get your message across better? You don’t need specialized editing or grammar software, you can tighten up your written work with any word processing program.  I’m getting lots of editing work these days (could be because my answer to those requests is always YES PLEASE! MORE! MORE!) and thought I would share my simple…

Freedom from The Scary Pile

blossoming tree on a peaceful street

When I was young and in a new job, one of my responsibilities was approving (or not) requests for government funding in an area I didn’t know much (okay, nothing) about clinically. There were rules and politics and personalities involved in each decision and I didn’t like doing it. The requests came in by mail,…

Get Started Decluttering Your Workspace

series of different shaped lightbulbs

Here's a video with an easy exercise to make a difference in your workspace. I tell a story, and somehow make a connection between light fixtures and writing things down at work... There's some Marie Kondo magic in there too. If videos aren't your thing, read further below for a quicker version, and for how…

What I’m Reading Now

Essentialism diagram of chaos to order

I’m a big fan of meditation and yoga, and everything I’m learning about buddhism is bringing me more and more wisdom and inner peace. I’m also irreverent and sarcastic, and probably used to make fun of people who talked about ‘inner peace’. Life is messy 🙂  So, while my reading lately has been spiritually enriching…

email Magic

picture of inbox with 0 messages

At my work, we had a productivity expert do a training session with us, and she asked how many emails we each had in our inbox. The answers - in a team of 15 people - ranged from 4 to 800. Everyone on the team works in a similar job, with a similar volume of…