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Sharing an August Break

It might sound counter-intuitive, but taking breaks helps with productivity. If we set aside some time for rest and renewal. For getting away from external demands… This is obviously good for us. It doesn’t have to take a long time, or be far away. Even part of a sunset will do. Just one way to… Continue Reading

Making Friends with Sleep: Two Nighttime Alarms

Do you ever notice that multiple messages about something you should be paying attention to start showing up at the same time? A Time for Every Purpose In the past few weeks… I finished The Power of Habit, and decided to tackle my recent slide into staying up late and therefore, not getting enough sleep.… Continue Reading

Bookshelf: The Power of Habit

Habits are simple, but not so simple. According to Charles Duhigg, habits are a) powerful forces in our lives (for good or not good) and b) changeable. Habits have three parts: A cue (like the thought I have when I’m driving somewhere that frozen yogurt might be just the thing right now) A routine (stopping for… Continue Reading

What Did I Learn from You?

My friend Beth walks through life learning from notable events. For example, if she has a less-than-satisfactory encounter with someone, she’ll pause later and say, “What I can learn from this is…” My friend Dean used to sit in meetings and pay attention to what she was observing and learning from her colleagues. One time,… Continue Reading

Manage Your Money Better & Release a Lot of Stress

I wanted to tell you about Dave Ramsey’s new, free, online budgeting tool called EveryDollar. To make it relevant to learning, performance, productivity, and/or healthy living, I looked for information about money worries. Specifically, how worrying about money affects productivity and performance. Here’s what I found in a nutshell: money worries are tied to increased… Continue Reading

Happy Spring—But What About Those Lost Resolutions?

For those celebrating, Happy Easter! Every day is a new day, which is so easy to notice as the trees leaf out and flowers bloom all over. This is a great season for starting fresh. In other words, if yesterday I wasn’t as productive, focused, present, connected, or compassionate as I wanted to be, today… Continue Reading

Sexiness, Walking, and Setting a Learning Thing Straight

As I write this, it’s April Fool’s Day (and also National Walking Day). So I’m going to share a three things that you might find interesting, but that don’t necessarily go together. Really? I didn’t know that. Possibly a Surprise. Guess what? There’s a personality trait that both men and women find sexy. This surprised… Continue Reading

How Can I Get Sponsors for Walking (Running, Biking)?

If you follow me on Twitter, you might notice tweets several times a week saying that I just walked a few miles for charity. Several people have asked how they can walk (run, bike) for charity, too. Sunday Afternoon on the Guadalupe River Walk It’s easy. Here’s how: Go to the App Store (or Google… Continue Reading

Nurturing Empathy for Better Work and Life

The other day I was in a group where someone asked this: “How do you experience and nurture empathy? What is one thing you can do today to empathize with someone you cross paths with today?” I feel your desire to play with the mouse. One thought, I said, is to imagine yourself in another’s shoes—without… Continue Reading

Happy Valentine’s Day

Here’s wishing you a lovely day. It’s a special day when we share symbols of love. Roses, of course. Maybe chocolate. Possibly an extra smile. And what a great time to notice the best qualities of the people and things around us. Happy Valentine’s Day to you. Related Posts Post | Happy Valentine’s Day Post… Continue Reading