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From Gas Light to Guru

Past me was a train wreck. Not an obvious one, but more like organized chaos. She managed to get stuff done, but always in the most tornadic way possible. I will never forget one of the times I ran out of gas on the side of the road

Time Management Tip: Protect the Asset

This is one of my favorite concepts that is really at the core of what Origami Day does. I learned about this practice early in my journey for balance from my favorite book, Essentialism by Greg McKeown.

What Do You Want to Be?

Recently, while drafting a letter to my niece, I was hit with an existential wave that nearly broke my crayon. I suddenly realized how early we start defining ourselves by work and how my letter was part of the problem.

Bring Balance to 2021

It’s up to us to know our priorities, value our time, and take steps to be present in life while still being productive, especially when times are tough. So, how do we do that? 

Live Without Regret

My life did not flash before my eyes but, as I acknowledged my own mortality, I was overcome with a strong feeling of how disappointed I would be if this was the end. 

Time Management Tip: Use Your Backside

I think we can all agree the best part of the Weekly Planning Sheet is the folding. You can plan your entire week, but focus on one day at a time. You can give it a flip to see what is coming for the following day. It fits in pockets. However, one of the lesser-realized benefits of the folded sheet is the creation of six boxes on the backside of the sheet.

When Everything Is Important

Before starting my own business, I worked with some really amazing people. One of my favorite co-workers was Matt, and I’ll never forget the day he blew my mind.

What's Important in Your Days

Even as a productive and balanced person, there are moments when overwhelm creeps in. The demands on my time, whether real or perceived, begin to mount and I feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to make it all work. I revert to a past version of myself who stressed through more than she savored her fleeting days. Perhaps you also know the feeling of this specific kind of anxiety inching inward, in an effort to completely engulf you.

Time Management Tip: The 80-20 Rule

The 80-20 Rule. Pareto Principle. Law of the Vital Few. The Principle of Factor Sparsity. Regardless of what you call it, it has the same powerful meaning:80% of your outcomes are due to 20% of your input. This means the inverse is also true; 20% of our outcomes are due to 80% of our input. 

Strike Out Swinging

When I was growing up, I played many sports. Please don’t misunderstand this to mean I was an athlete, I was more of a participant. Either way, I learned a lot from playing sports. One of the best lessons has resurfaced a lot lately.

Don’t strike out watching, strike out swinging.

Back to the Struggle

I think we have all been struggling, and I know a thing or two about struggle. Before my surgery, I struggled a lot. Although I was often able to satisfy the minimum requisites to stay afloat in life, I often missed the quality of it all. Along with the rest of society, I shifted to a surface-level survivor with a knack for re-activeness. I was a duck on lake; gliding along the surface, but paddling for my life just beneath the water.

Time Management Tip: Eisenhower Urgency Matrix

Work-life balance starts with knowing what is important. Since time is a finite resource, there will always a trade-off and we must learn to prioritize. Additionally, when everything is important nothing is important. So, I encourage you to become familiar with a great tool called The Eisenhower Urgency Matrix.