Tips & Techniques

An Oasis in Time by Marilyn Paul, Ph.D.

An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest can Save Your Life, like It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys is a gentle, good-natured look at human tendencies. But the books couldn’t otherwise be more different. It’s Hard focuses on STUFF, anything from the paperwork for paying the bills to…

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Pollyanna – the ACTUAL book

The original Pollyanna,  written by Eleanor H. Porter, published by L.C. Page and Company, 53 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass. 1913, eventually spewed 15 sequels. I’ve referred to it myself in prior posts, using the now-ubiquitous, sometimes sneered, definition of “a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything (Merriam-Webster still…

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How to Overcome Mental Fatigue

Many thanks to Cindy Jobs, who shared this on LinkedIn. I need these reminders myself! How To Overcome Mental Fatigue, According To An Expert Forbes Magazine, Sep 25, 2018, 01:34pm, Noma Nazish  

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Tom Lehrer Don’t Panic and Where’s my Towel?

Thank every god of industry (Vulcan, anyone?), Tom Lehrer kept me sane. Sadly, it was “Be Prepared,” a rather nasty spoof of the Boy Scouts, which kept racing through my head, sending me into slightly hiccup-inducing giggles because I’m a terrible person who finds cynicism funny, as I again dealt with a leak under one of…

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Channeling Pollyanna

It has been a lousy day. I may have taken a client’s children’s favorite toys to donation by mistake – dear readers, cover your ears, the air is heavy with my wrath. The weather is giving me a headache. I haven’t had a chance to eat since early breakfast, and it’s now about 8PM. I’ve…

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Step Aside, I’m a Professional

“Step Aside, I’m a Professional!” I know there’s a joke somewhere which started that expression. I can’t find it, which is making me nuts. “Step Aside!!!” was the first thought popping into my head when I finished Clutter Control: Useful Tips for Getting Rid of the Mess, compiled and edited in 1991 by Susan Wright…

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Changing Gears: It’s not too late!

I’m reposting this article, “Changing Gears: It’s not too late!”, with permission from John Henry of John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. While he’s applying the principle to business, I’ll be honest: I think it’s a useful metaphor for any effort that has you feeling stifled, stagnant, overwhelmed or even just confused. Try the task at…

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Never enough Lego. Maybe too much inspiration.

My son loves Lego. We go to BrickCon every year we can. BrickCon is exactly what it sounds like, a convention for Lego fans, ALL ages. We went today, October 7, 2018, and we enjoyed ourselves as always. Lots of inspiration. It’s got movies (AKA Brickfilms) – fandom short films and/or Lego advertising materials. Battling…

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Emergency Preparedness – There’s bad news and good news

Emergency preparedness supplies

NAPO Seattle Area Chapter, one of my two professional societies (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals), hosted Dr. Rebecca Chatfield and Mr. Paul Thomsen who volunteer with the City of Bellevue Office of Emergency Management to teach Emergency Preparedness for a variety of audiences. We believe that helping our clients get organized can help…

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