Taming Your Tasks with…

Lists Last time, we started talking about using lists to help tame Entrepreneurial ADD (or its equivalent). I talked about how lists can start to bring order into the blizzard of tasks that we seem to have every day. I pointed out a couple of different ways to keep track of your tasks on the lists and to keep track of the lists themselves. (In a nutshell: use a paper version or a digital version.) And I shared how I use Evernote to keep track of my lists. Today, I want to share a bit more about how I use … Continue reading

Is Stress Really That Bad?

If you have followed me for any time, you may have already heard me share that “Stress Makes You Stupid”. (I originally heard that from Silvia Hartmann.) And, it’s true.   However, Silvia recently pointed out that stress has some other nasty implications (I mean besides the usual suspects.) For instance, are you a better person when you are not stressed? Most of us are. Relaxed, not stressed (possible/probable) behaviors: Calm Understanding Patient Loving Considerate Joyful Creative Happy Playful Clear-thinking Thoughtful Productive Energetic   And, the other side of the coin is our behavior when we are stressed.   Stressed … Continue reading

Stress Relief – Are You Already Doing These?

In a recent post, I talked about stress and gave you one thing you can do right away to help manage your stress (hint: breathe.) And, I promised that I would share some more things you can do right away to help with stress. Remember, though, that there are two kinds of stress — good stress (eustress) and bad stress (distress). In our discussions we will talking about ways to reduce the bad stress, and not worry too much about the good stress. There are also a few things that are mixed. For instance, exercise is one of those things … Continue reading

How to Be Smarter

Can you be smarter? Would you like to be? Stress Makes You Stupid. It shuts down the brain and sends you into auto-survival mode. You don’t think, you react. What if you weren’t so stressed? Would that change the way you think? Would you be smarter? Would you make better decisions? I think so. I’m not the only one, though. Behavioral scientists think so, too. They have made extensive studies and have come to understand how badly stress affects us. They know it adversely affects our health. They know it affects our mental processes — in a bad way. They … Continue reading

Make Your Reality Better Than a Fantasy

I once had a bumper sticker/placard that read “I have given up on reality and am now simply searching for a good fantasy.” I kept that for a long time because it resonated so much with me. (Somewhere along the way, it disappeared but I can still quote it from memory.) Have you ever felt that way, too? If so, I have really good news! You create your own reality. Or, perhaps, I should say, you co-create your own reality. And, yes, that really is good news. I hear you saying, “Oh, no! I didn’t create this. I don’t want … Continue reading