Have Yourself A Productive Little Christmas

‘Twas the night before Monday and all through the house,

not a thing was prepared… not even a blouse.

The lunches were packed without a single care given

and the house was too dirty for even the mice to live in.

The working women were nestled all snug in their beds,

while visions of to-do lists danced in their heads.

If this sounds familiar

and you need a little holiday pep

Don’t be worried –

Follow these 5 simple steps:

Avoiding the Afternoon Crash

You get to work and already have 5 emails to answer to before your first meeting. You barely make it to the meeting and by the time you’re done with it, you have 3 new items to add your checklist. You get back to your computer and start checking things off the list, vetting emails as they come in, take a few bathroom breaks, maybe have another meeting and BOOM! It’s lunch time. How is it already lunch time?

You eat and chat with a few coworkers and all of a sudden it’s time to get back to work. You mosey over to your desk and watch as your energy levels rapidly decline. By the time its 1:45pm, you feel like you could fall asleep until dinner time. This is normal. Your body clock is programmed to go through cycles and unfortunately, that cycle happens right in the middle of the work day. Check out these life-hacks to combat that afternoon slump:

The Wonder Effect

People wonder for two main reasons: curiosity and fear. Curiosity driven wondering looks like this: I wonder who I am going to marry. I wonder if I will get that promotion. I wonder if my kids will grow up to be smart. Fear driven wondering looks like this: I wonder if my marriage will fail in 10 years. I wonder if I will get fired from my job at some point. I wonder if my kids will grow up to be troubled. What if we could turn all of that wondering into something positive and productive?


A New Season

I have a tendency to over-commit myself. Anybody else? One goal I had this year was to get to the gym before work each day and I was feeling really motivated to get there today because I spent most of my Labor Day weekend shoveling BBQ food into my mouth. But, when I woke up this morning, my body had a different idea. I felt sluggish. I could tell I had been clenching my teeth in my sleep and I immediately began thinking of the million things I had to do before returning back to my bed later that night. I wanted to scream "shut up!" at my alarm clock and sleep through the day. Again…Anybody else? This is a sign of your body and mind being overworked. And it’s a sign that you should not ignore. Something had to change.


to.do.list.ing (verb)

The To-Do Listing that I am talking about is the verb and not the noun. It is not just a list that sits underneath piles of who-knows-what and gets crossed off every couple months with 3 different pen colors. I am talking about the action of listing out your specific items in a trusted place and keeping it updated throughout the day. EVERY day. To-Do listing has saved my life and for the sake of sanity, you should probably be doing this too. Here’s how: