Taking an Easier Journey: The Value of Process

The Chinese proverb counsels, “a journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step.” It pictures a massive journey. A thousand miles stretch from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. Few would consider filling up the gas tank and drive the whole distance. Most would find places to stop. They break the trip into steps. When our daughter lived in [...]

The Question of Time: One Answer with Many Choices

"What's the best use of your time right now?"   It was a question coined by one of the early "time management gurus" Alan Lakein. It has since become a mantra for people concerned about the use of their time.   Lakein was fanatical about time use. He refused to own a television because it "wasted" so much time. (When men landed [...]

By |2019-07-12T12:48:27+00:00July 12th, 2019|Life Observations, Time Management|0 Comments

What’s It Worth: A Tale of Good Investment

You are not rich enough to buy cheap shoes. In a recent renovation, we bought a rug from a man who taught a lesson in value. It was not just about rugs. He described growing up in Iran as an apprentice farmer. It was not long before he knew he needed some work boots. The problem is he had little money. His [...]

Tired, Torn, and True: The Question You Ask at Day’s End

The sun sets. Lights go out. The day is over. What do you ask yourself at the end of the day? Whether spoken aloud, jotted in a journal, or a vapor passing through the mind, every person sorts their day. When we ask it, we experience something. Do you feel tired at the end of the day? Or are you torn by [...]

By |2019-04-29T20:50:52+00:00April 29th, 2019|Life Observations, Time Management|0 Comments

A Tale of Time: A Parable for a Modern Malady

Is your life "stuck?" More importantly, how do you get "unstuck?" That is the premise of a fascinating little book written by Laura Vanderkam. Vanderkam has written several books (most of which I have read). She focuses her writing on managing time. Her thoughts do not flow from some pinstriped view of business but from a mom of four children and a [...]

By |2019-04-04T22:16:00+00:00April 4th, 2019|Books, Time Management|0 Comments

The Ideal Solution For Thinking Problems

I sat in my regular coffee shop booth, hammering away on the keyboard of a powerful computer. It was then, he caught my eye. Seated at a nearby table was a man with an open spiral notebook in front of him. No phone was visible. No computer, no laptop, no electronics at all. He simply scratched out his work with a regular [...]

By |2019-02-05T02:58:18+00:00February 5th, 2019|Reflections, Time Management|0 Comments

Don’t Fill Your House! Fill Your Life: The Power of Experiences

  At some age, you realize that all the “stuff” you paid good money for is just “stuff. It’s then you know it’s not about the accumulation of things but the accumulation of life. Life comes through a series of experiences. In 1997 MasterCard International introduced a new series of commercials. The first was of a father sitting at a baseball game [...]

By |2018-11-03T17:42:27+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Life Observations, Reflections, Time Management|0 Comments

Keeping On Trajectory: Redirect Through Review

Insight is headed to a new world. To get there, it needs to check and change its trajectory. Insight, a Mars lander, is scheduled to touch down on the red planet on November 26, 2018. It is on trajectory but to stay on the right path, engineers must do constant bearings. Six times during the journey, it will fire its thrusters to [...]

By |2018-10-29T01:37:12+00:00October 29th, 2018|Life Observations, Reflections, Time Management|0 Comments

Don’t Have Enough Time? Think Again!

Karl complained he did not have enough time. Up at 6 and out the door by 7, he worked hard as an up and coming manager. People liked and he worked hard. Also, he had an active 3-year-old and a newborn at home. He dragged himself home. He wanted to do what he wanted. He surfed Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Twice a [...]

When Wasting Time is the Best Use of Time

Almost every productivity site/guru/book/lecture says that same thing. Never wasted time. Pack your day and don't let anything fall to earth. After all, Benjamin Franklin told us, "Do not squander time for it is the stuff life is made of." With all due respect to Franklin, sometimes the best use of time is wasted time. Recently, I was making a trip from [...]

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