7 productivity habits with huge payoffs

A clean desk with a large monitor that says do more

It's a new year and with that comes a plethora of productivity hacks to make 2020 the best year ever! I just skimmed dozens of these productivity lists that offered anywhere from 3 to 50 (fifty!) tips. A few of the suggestions were new to me (keep a green plant on your desk?) while most…

How a Keystone Habit is Changing My Life…

a woman doing a tree stand on top of a mountain

The countdown is on.  I’m 49 years old with fewer than 12 months before the Big 50; so naturally, I made a list of all the goals I’m hoping to reach before I hit the half-century mark. Health goals, intellectual goals, family goals, spirit goals, financial goals. And I want a theme – something catchy.…

The Secret Ingredient to Great Habits

The Power of Habit Book

How are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along? It took me all the way into February to decide on mine – but I’m off to a good start thanks to The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. I read this amazing book last year and put Duhigg’s…

Priorities: The Real Ones…

Emergency workers unloading a patient from a helocopter

I witnessed a SKID Presentation (Stop Kids’ Impaired Driving) this week. The students of Jesuit High School huddled on rainy bleachers while a graphic drunk driving dramatization played out before them. The reenactment gripped their every sense - ambulance sirens, helicopter vibrations, blood-soaked bodies, a sobbing mother – and absolute silence as the Medical Examiner arrived – a sight…

Not So Totally Orderly

Not So Totally Orderly chalk board sign

Organizing projects I love: closets, kitchens, a massive pile of paper. Mudrooms are my favorite, and I've never met a playroom that didn't beckon. Organizing projects I tolerate: garages, basements, sheds  - basically any space that provides safe shelter for spiders. Organizing projects that leave me stymied: meal planning, kids’ chores, time and task management. Actually, I don’t mind assisting a client…