Category Archives: Productivity

Worth Repeating – October 2014

Pomegranates ripening on a bush, Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico. Photo by Margaret Lukens
Pomegranates ripening on a bush, Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico. Photo by Margaret Lukens

Happy Harvest Time! In this monthly feature called “Worth Repeating,” I’ve harvested a small crop of posts from recent Octobers that  feel as fresh as when they were first written. Because when it comes to good productivity practices, we can all benefit from a little reminder.

Next weekend, most residents of the United States will set their clocks back an hour to mark the end of Daylight Savings Time. If time changes caused by travel or seasonal adjustments mess with your equilibrium, revisit this post about the SleepCycle app, and get relief from time-change trauma.

Last October I declared it a “month of not-knowing.” Since then, I’ve made tons of changes in my business and my life. Among the steps I took to reduce my fixed expenses and give myself a little more flexibility, I closed my away-office and moved all my business back to my home office. I’ve launched a new online class, PO-103 Ethics for Professional Organizers and Productivity Specialists. I’ve made changes in my daily habits to give me more clarity, including having no alcohol for nearly a year and beginning a practice of mindfulness meditation. Now, twelve months later, “the month of not-knowing” is still in force. Is there a place in your life where you’re waiting for the fog to burn off?

Late autumn often feels like a time of waiting. In the northern hemisphere, darkness falls sooner, the atmosphere can feel hushed. It’s worth remembering that we don’t always have to be proactive to be productive. Make good use of your waiting time, with this meditation from wolf-watching.

You’re perfect. No, really! So am I. And… well, this zen proverb says it all. Can you hold two opposites in your mind at the same time?

I wish you an outstanding October, this year and always!

Book Report – “10% Happier” Teaches Meditation For Most of Us

“Meditation is a waste of time, like learning French or kissing after sex.” — Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin), 30 Rock By now, you have probably heard about the scientific studies that conclude that if you aren’t meditating, you certainly should be. Meditation’s documented health benefits are so many and so varied, they sound… Continue Reading

Act Like the President: Let Your Calendar Boss You Around

“(Microsoft Chairman Bill) Gates, who operates a bit like an unofficial head of state, is managed down to the precise minute by an innumerable team of handlers and schedulers and assistants.” (The New York Times Magazine, September 7, 2014) Looking for ways to improve your time management? Pretend you are Bill Gates, an “unofficial head… Continue Reading

Worth Repeating – July 2014

I recently tried out a new time and calendar management app called mynd. (It’s beautifully designed!) When I finish with all my appointments, it greets me with a message: “Free At Last! (You have no more events scheduled today.)” As we in the United States celebrate our nation’s independence, I hope this month finds you… Continue Reading

The Projects Log – planning the year in reverse

Get your PDF copy of a printable Annual Projects Log here: Projects Log – how does this year unfold Planning is a process that involves writing an intention down, then acting on it. When we reverse that procedure – taking action, then writing it down – it’s a log. If you’ve been frustrated that your plans… Continue Reading

Play It Again – January Productivity Posts Worth Repeating

Hard to believe that this blog has been going for six years! In honor of my blog-iversary, I’m revisiting some posts from Januaries past that seem as fresh and useful now as they did when written. Whether you make resolutions or not, let your year (and every month in it!) begin by sharing an intention… Continue Reading

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