A short story about facilitation.

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Sometimes it’s better to abandon the agenda. Yesterday I facilitated a virtual coffee chat for a small group of our recent new hires. The purpose of the meeting was to create an opportunity for the group to get to know each other better and to build stronger relationships.

Prior to the meeting I had researched and pulled together a handful of ice breaker questions. As the meeting got underway, I quickly realized we didn’t need them. The meeting was scheduled for 30 minutes, and we ended up chatting for a little over an hour.

As the facilitator, I just pulled…

Revisiting the past to create a better future.

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A few years ago, I went to a weekend-long personal development seminar. During the seminar, I was confronted with memories of my childhood and the negative feelings I was subconsciously carrying toward my parents. It was during that weekend that I called each of them to discuss what I was feeling.

The conversations were difficult—especially the conversation I had with my mom. In my mind, she was too tough on my brother and me. She was the disciplinarian, and sometimes I didn’t agree with the level of discipline she provided. …

Rethinking how we receive information.

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I recently listened to a podcast interview with author, Austin Kleon. It was a good discussion about creativity and the creative process. One thing that stood out to me was what Kleon said near the end of the interview. He said that we are the sum of our influences. Put another way, we are the sum of what we consume.

This statement really got to me. When I heard it, I literally stopped and rewound that part of the interview to hear it again. If what he said is true, then I feel like I need to be very careful…

It doesn’t have to ruin your day.

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A bad night of sleep can be challenging to overcome. It can feel debilitating. For months I’ve struggled with sleep off and on. I feel like I’ve been living with this for so long that I’ve shifted from preventative measures to those that help me cope. Along the way, I’ve learned a few strategies that help me to have a productive day despite feeling sleep-deprived. If you struggle with sleep, you might find the following techniques useful.

When waking in the middle of the night, staying in bed can be a useful technique. Instead of succumbing to the urge to…

A story about productivity.

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Ever heard the phrase “eat the frog first”? It refers to doing the most important, and sometimes the most challenging task first thing in the morning. It could be working out, or it could be a task related to a project that you keep putting off until another day. Whatever it is, it might be helpful if you prioritize making it one of the first things you do on any given day.

Yesterday was one of those moments for me. I have this work project that’s big and requires a lot of prep work in order to complete it successfully…

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I think there is value in all of us having an office season. Just like athletes have an off season in sports. I recently decided that it was time for me to have one for myself.

Since December I’ve been pushing hard. I’ve been taking the equivalent of 6 credit hours, while also working full-time. After recently completing my capstone for my HR management degree program, I decided it was time to take a break.

This decision came after attempting to take one of my 2 remaining classes for my degree. In my attempt to push ahead without a break…

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We have to guard our energy and focus like our life depends on it. That’s a little extreme, but we do need to be careful about what we allow to get our attention.

I recently came across a podcast interview with Karen Leland, author of the book, No-Nonsense: Time Management: 50 Tips to Hack Your Time and Get Everything Done.

The interview was mostly about time management and the strategies for having more control over your day.

In the interview, Leland spoke about how much time people lose to randomly checking email and scrolling through social media platforms. …

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I run a tight ship. I stick to my routine most days, and I’m pretty diligent about making the most of my time. At least from the time, I wake up and until I finish work. I have to be because I’m usually taking classes half the time while working full-time. My life is pretty busy and takes a lot of discipline to get everything done.

Recently though I came across a planner I was exploring, and, in the planner, there was a note to write down one thing fun you’re looking forward to that day. …

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This past Saturday I really struggled with my mental health. That morning I was moody and felt a strong urge to spend the day on the couch. This felt problematic for me because I really wanted to spend time doing homework, and working on a project for work.

The negative emotions I felt seemed to come out of nowhere. It was after breakfast and during my morning walk that it hit me.

To get through I committed myself to set a timer and working for 30 minutes. The first thirty minutes were tough. After I achieved that milestone I took…

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Narrow your focus.

I recently came across a podcast interview with an organizational psychologist, Adam Grant. In that interview, Grant spoke about his strategy for prioritizing his workday. He shared that he essentially focuses on completing one thing. He doesn’t have a long to-do-list of task switching and multitasking. Just the one thing.

I’ve been following Adam Grant’s work for a while and his strategy resonated with me. So much so that when I was recently feeling ungrounded and unmotivated going into the workday, I set a goal of accomplishing just one thing.

Prioritizing the one thing was helpful to me. I just…

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