Summer is over: An update on my summer goals

Summer is my favorite season. The warm weather, the time spent outdoors, the change of pace, time at the beach. What isn’t to love about summer? In a blog post from late June, I shared my summer goals. As I say goodbye to my favorite season, I thought I would provide an update on my […]

Plan tight & hang loose

My colleague and thought partner Kelly Josephson uses this phrase to describe her approach to planning. When we co-facilitate meetings and planning sessions, it’s how we operate because we plan the event in excruciating detail, which then allows us to pivot if needed. It’s not intuitive that planning tightly provide us with freedom and flexibility, […]

What are your MITs?

I’m reading Josh Kaufman’s The Personal MBA (I read multiple books at once; a topic for another post). I’m not quite sure if the idea of Most Important Tasks (MITs) originated with him or not, but he has a succinct description of it in his book and on his website. He describes your MIT as […]

What if we summered like Europeans?

I saw this meme recently and it got me thinking about how relentless we are when it comes to work. I just returned from a week of local travel. I know I will be a more creative and productive employee when I return to work because I took time off. My brain and my body […]

Changing Summer Traditions

I’m back. The spring semester kicked my ass. I’m finally feeling human again. I love the summer. It is my favorite season. The pace is slower. We spend more time outside and more time with friends and family. Now that I’m fully vaccinated, I am eager to return to our favorite summer activities and being […]

Personal Retreat

This past week, a big project at work that was two years in the making came to its conclusion. At our debrief meeting Wednesday afternoon, our whole team was spent. It had been an exhausting few days and a long, drawn out schedule getting the work done. I had expected this and planned extra time […]

Say Yes to Rest

Over the weekend I read a New York Times article about pandemic fatigue. The author cited recent studies and polls of people across the country who were experiencing a lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating and “an unpleasant cocktail of boredom, dread and exhaustion.” It resonated. Despite a fairly consistent level of productivity, it still felt […]

Productivity Tools

I facilitated a productivity workshop for a lovely group of staff last week. As I was preparing, it was fun to revisit some of my favorite productivity tools. These include the Eisenhower Matrix, three most important things, Post-it notes, and time blocking. I will describe them for you.  If you’ve attended a workshop on goalsetting, […]