“Break it Down” vs. “Dive Right In”

You are (metaphorically) standing in front of a large task. A daunting task. A beast.   Do you flare your nostrils and start working on the first thing that comes to mind that will help you accomplish the task?   Or, do you squint your eyes and start listing...

How to Attain an Imperfectly Balanced Life

When you Google the keywords “life balance goals” you get over 247 million results.   Seems like a few of us have goals to be more balanced.   Goal Setting Theory is one of the most well-researched models of human motivation. The theory explains that when we...

Are YOU Your Own Worst Enemy?

I am my own worst enemy.   I am also the person who pushes me toward excellence.   I make me miserable some days with constant mental replays of my darkest moments.   I set (and achieve!) goals for things I did not think were possible.   I struggle...

Let Go of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) at Work

The word FOMO was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013. The Fear of Missing Out is the uneasy feeling, sometimes escalating to an all-consuming fear, that your peers are doing something better than you, or that they have something you desperately want....

“Work Smarter!” you say? How annoying.

Work smarter…not harder. ~Allan H. Mogensen, the father of flowcharts, ca. 1930   For knowledge workers, “hard” work is often measured by time spent – an eight-hour day becoming a ten-hour one, for example.  Hard workers put in extra hours, check their work email...