And how to change, if you want to.

I have an acquaintance. She’s a parent of elementary aged kids. She has a full time job. She has many friends that she enjoys spending time with when she can, and she enjoys working out in the morning.

And she’s exhausted all the time....

What is the story you're telling yourself about your ability to get organized?

My son couldn’t find his golf clubs.

It’s finally (almost) spring in my part of the world. He had last played golf more than six months ago. The clubs had disappeared somewhere, in the garage...

Spoiler alert: using tools to re-engage mid-project instead of waiting until the end.

The road to a PhD is long.

For my kind of PhD, the kind involving science in a lab, you spend a lot of years standing near a bench, replicating experiments over and over. During the yea...

The key to reaching your goals is to shift away from reaction mode and toward intentional work.

I work with a lot of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Most of the work that I do is about strategy and execution. Figuring out exactly where these CEO’s and business o...

Research says less stick, more carrot will improve performance and get you to your goals.

I used tell myself that I was going to fail every test that I was about to take.

That the A’s that I had received to that point were a fluke. And given my poor study habits and the...

Don't get in your head about the easy stuff.

My 11 year old son tried scuba diving the other day.

We were in a tropical location for Spring Break. The minimum age is 10 years old to do a little resort dive, about 20–30 yards off the coast. And his friend did it the day b...

When you're reaching for a goal, you're allowed to go slow.

I am on vacation with my family this week.

It is lovely. As I type this I can hear the ocean and feel the hot sun on my neck.

I used to drag work with me on vacation. Either physically, or mentally. Scroll throug...

When what used to feel so important to you no longer does.

A few years ago, I was facing a transitional period of my life.

I always loved working. I loved the intellectual stimulation involved. But also, let’s be honest. I got a real buzz from conventional achievements —...

Your aggressive deadlines are causing more harm than good.

I had a unique consulting client late last year.

It was a small business, biotech but a bit outside of my usual startup clientele. But the project was a fascinating hybrid of business and productivity. My work wi...

Happy Birthday to me.

Today is my birthday.

I’m 46 years old.

According to all the life expectancy tables, I’m five years past the exact middle of my life. So, literally, over the hill.

But I have to tell you, it doesn’t feel that way to me.

Yes, my metabolism has changed....

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