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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!

Why I Love My New iPad

Four years ago, shortly after it was released, I got an iPad. It seemed like a splurge, but I quickly came to depend on it. Then last year Apple stopped supporting my “dinosaur”. I couldn’t update apps. The speed got slow, then slower. I resisted getting a new one for several months, partly due to… 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

Why You’ll Want To Stay Off Your Computer After 7 P.M.

No, it’s not due to legitimate fears of vodka-fueled facebook posting. It’s all about protecting your productivity. Our bodies need sleep — seven hours or more in order to be optimally productive. To get sleepy at the right time and wake up at the right time, our bodies release hormones. The trouble is that the… Continue Reading

My Conference Packing List is Now Yours, Too

No sooner had I made my plane reservations this morning for the first conference I’ll be attending this year (a week in New Orleans this April with 800 or so professional organizers who, believe it or not, know how to party), than my friend Jodi Womack published her conference packing list . I’ve been sharing… Continue Reading

2012 Holiday Gifts For Your Favorite Business Person

Chances are there are a few people who have helped you on your way this year. Your customers, of course. Your teacher and mentors. Your business partners and service providers. Your employees. (They say there is really no such thing as a “self-made millionaire;” anyone who succeeds has relied on many others, many times.) And… Continue Reading

Relief From Time Change Trauma: Sleep Cycle App

We’re coming up on the weekend when most of the United States will return to standard time, and therefor much of the population will feel confused and groggy for several days, wondering what time exactly it is. It’s like having jet lag without the airport security pat downs. Is there anything that can help that… Continue Reading

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