If I had to pick one change I made in my work life that made the biggest difference, it would be how I approach email. I know from working with dozens of clients that email is one of the top issues getting in the way of writing, time management, and general peace of mind. Despite… Continue reading Change your email habits, change your life
As a gymnast sprints toward a vault at breakneck speed, ready to hurtle herself into the air and perform a skill so complex the naked eye can barely catch it, she needs trust. There isn't (or so I imagine, from my couch) any time for worry or even conscious thought. The gymnast must simply trust… Continue reading Trust the craft
For the first time in over two years, I'm flying to attend conferences, book fairs, and seminars. My carry-on items will include my e-reader, noise-cancelling headphones, and an in-flight version of a snuggie. They will not include anything to do with work. I'll be re-instituting a rule I made for myself several years ago: no… Continue reading Why I don’t work on airplanes
Today’s blog is in the genre of “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but…”. I’m here to give you permission to back out of a work commitment you already made. By “you,” I mean those of you who believe that nothing short of a natural disaster or terminal illness is a good enough… Continue reading Saying no after saying yes (at work)
This is a question I ask myself when I notice my brain rehearsing a lecture while I’m lying in bed at night. Or when I’m composing an email in the shower. Or scheduling tasks on the treadmill. In other words, when my brain is in work mode but my body is—or should be—doing something else.… Continue reading Why are you working right now?