Day #16: From rush-rush-rush to buffer time

I’ve been experimenting with adding *buffer time* between my appointments. Actually putting it in my calendar, rather than thinking “I’ll remember to leave time”. I’m finding this especially important with travel time. And getting-ready-to-leave-the-house time.

If I don’t put […]

Day #15: Computers + planning-brain don’t mix

Have you ever tried to do big-picture planning at your computer?

Not only are there the distractions (emails, social media, that project you’re working on) …

… but it’s hard to actually think clearly.

Why?

There’s a few reasons. When your brain sees […]

By |November 1st, 2013|Time Management|0 Comments

Day #14: This is going to save my sanity!

I’ve been doing my own 90 Day Action Plans since 2005, and Daily Check-ins since last year. But I’ve been missing a middle piece.

Today it finally clicked! What I need is a Monthly chance to Reflect + Celebrate + […]

By |October 31st, 2013|Managing your time and energy|0 Comments

Day #13: Replacing the word ‘routine’ with something better

I just read an awesome article called “My Daily Rhythm” on Caelen Huntress’ blog. This is an excerpt from a comment I left on his blog:
Hi Caelen …

I’m a big fan of rhythm and routine (‘rhythm’ has a better reputation […]

By |October 30th, 2013|Time Management|0 Comments

Day #12: I need to be seen

Blocking time in my calendar is really useful. I call it “appointments with myself” and I do it for things like finances on Wednesday morning, and doing social media and blogging every afternoon.

Lately, though, I wasn’t doing the blogging […]

Day #11: From grrr to thank you … when someone cancels

I had an appointment in my calendar today with one of my business buddies, and I had a last-minute cancellation.

Part of me felt disappointed. But another part of me felt relieved.

The disappointed side of me was looking forward […]

By |October 29th, 2013|Managing your time and energy|0 Comments

Day #10: A reality check

It’s Friday. Doing my Daily Check-in, I looked at my calendar. There is so much more there than I have time for.

There’s a voice in me that says “But you need to do all these things! They’re important! They’re […]

By |October 25th, 2013|Notes from a Recovering Perfectionist|0 Comments

Day #9: My one rule when I procrastinate

In our culture, there’s this idea we need to be *switched on* and *productive* at all times. That taking time out is *wrong* or *bad*. That idle time is *wasted time*.

I fall into this trap too. It’s hard to have […]

By |October 24th, 2013|Notes from a Recovering Perfectionist|0 Comments

Day #8: Oops, no show

I didn’t blog today. #andthatsok

By |October 24th, 2013|Notes from a Recovering Perfectionist|0 Comments

Day #6: Emails, Emails, Drowning in Emails

Emails are the bane of our modern life. In my work, I’ve helped people with a LOT of email stress. Thousands of emails sitting in their inbox. Countless requests and newsletters and updates flooding their inbox every day.

I’ve coached dozens […]

By |October 21st, 2013|Notes from a Recovering Perfectionist|2 Comments