Taming Your Tasks with…

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

Be Accountable to Yourself

Tweet Accountability is one the major success factors. I have clients who confess that the primary reason they keep hiring me over and over is the gentle accountability that they get from it. (Sure, they get lots of other benefits beyond that, but when they think about the prime benefit they get, the accountability is the one they cite.) Because of the accountability, they get so much more accomplished. And it doesn’t matter whether we are talking business goals or personal transformation. But what if you aren’t my client? How can you get the accountability you need ? One way … Continue reading

Lonely Holidays

Tweet Last time, we talked about holiday stress and how our stories affected that stress–making it either better or worse. And we talked about some strategies for adjusting our stories during those holiday get-togethers. But what about those times when our stories create stress because no one is there? While a great deal of stress is created by those obnoxious relatives (if you come from a family with no obnoxious relatives, please adopt me — then you’ll have at least one) OR by those obnoxious friends and neighbors (yes, it is possible to have obnoxious friends… and still keep them … Continue reading

Conscious Competence in Stress Management

Tweet Recently I talked about a way to reduce your stress during the upcoming holidays. If you live in the U.S., you probably had your first chance to practice over Thanksgiving. How did you do? Did you have any “aha” moments? As a quick recap, in the post I just mentioned, I talked about changing the story you are telling yourself and discovering that it changed the meaning of the event… which in turn, reduced the stress (if you changed the story in a helpful way. If you didn’t, you may have increased the stress. Oops.) In the post I … Continue reading

Holidays, Stress, and You

Tweet As you know, the holidays are coming. And, of course, they bring with them additional stresses (as if we weren’t stressed enough, already.) As you prepare for the holidays, you may find yourself resenting the extra work, effort, and planning/scheduling you have to do. Perhaps you are telling the story of how put-upon you are. Or maybe you are telling yourself the story that the end result isn’t worth the effort. Or that you don’t have time for all this. In effect, you are saying it is a waste of your time and energy. What if you reviewed your … Continue reading