Busyness – The Toxic Badge of Honor

When someone asks how you are, does your mind instantly bring to mind the word “busy”? If so, you’re not alone. Busyness is a constant feeling in so many of our lives. Indeed, it’s a vortex that we seem to get sucked down into more with every passing season. For a small number of us,Continue reading “Busyness – The Toxic Badge of Honor”

Helping Others to be Seen (and Known) in a Hybrid World

What’s your current pattern for where and when you work? Are you working from an office full time? Are you working from home for some or all of the time? Working 9-5 on weekdays? Or flexible hours, working outside of the traditional work hours, fitting around other commitments you have? Is your pattern the sameContinue reading “Helping Others to be Seen (and Known) in a Hybrid World”

Having Trouble Focusing? Try the Pomodoro Technique

Have you been having trouble focusing recently? Whether your mind has been on the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fighting to save their families and their country, or you have been thinking about the complications, concerns, and possibilities of lifting Covid restrictions, it can be hard to stay on task these days. If you’re findingContinue reading “Having Trouble Focusing? Try the Pomodoro Technique”

Can You Sleep Your Problems Away?

How often do you face a hard choice, perhaps related to your work team or hiring, only to receive the advice “just sleep on it”? Does that feel like just putting the problem off for another time? Conversely, have you ever rushed into a decision about something only to regret it and wish you’d leftContinue reading “Can You Sleep Your Problems Away?”

Time to Plan a Break Already?

Happy New Year! As we enter our third calendar year under the shadow of Covid-19, many of us are accustomed to a seemingly never-ending need to adjust and evolve. Each “new normal” doesn’t last long enough to really become normal, and plans – both professional and personal – are all subject to change. The onlyContinue reading “Time to Plan a Break Already?”

Completing 2021 and Moving On to 2022

As we move towards the end of another year full of logistical – and emotional – challenges, many of us are looking for ways to bring closure to the year and recharge for the new year. Depending on your work, a break may not be possible. But even if you are able to take a fullContinue reading “Completing 2021 and Moving On to 2022”

“Everything is a Remix” – What are You Remixing?

The process of creation has been fascinating to me for decades. I’m someone who loves listening to demo recordings of my favorite music while reading about the influences behind its creation and the recording sessions themselves. I’m someone who enjoys seeing concept art for movies, or hearing a creator talk about how they made choicesContinue reading ““Everything is a Remix” – What are You Remixing?”

“What If…?” – Seeking Nuance and Kicking the Tires

“What if…?” has become a powerful and oft-used question over the last pandemic era – perhaps more than at any point in our lifetimes, as we’ve pondered the many changes that COVID could bring. I recently heard about a March 2020 article discussing our collective cultural responses to the pandemic in three terms: a blizzard (our initial short-term ‘stayContinue reading ““What If…?” – Seeking Nuance and Kicking the Tires”

What’s Your Team’s ‘Closing Ceremony?’

How often do you reach the end of a team or solo project that has taken hours, weeks, or even months, and move straight on to the next thing? If this is common for you, is this invigorating and motivating? For some of us, it is – we get momentum and forward motion that kick-startsContinue reading “What’s Your Team’s ‘Closing Ceremony?’”

The Fosbury Flop and Raising the Bar for Gold

Watching the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, I have been struck over and over again by the way these games intersect with our everyday lives in the workplace and in our communities. Chief among these, of course, are the important conversations taking place about mental health and self-care, and the disproportionate pressure placed on female athletes of color to performContinue reading “The Fosbury Flop and Raising the Bar for Gold”