Living Priorities

Spinning colors in the sky.

A few weeks ago, I got frustrated with a pattern I’d observed. I would, in non “crazy” week work out 5-6 times. Then the following week something would happen – I’d have to take a trip, be out every night, get sick… something. And work out maybe once. This oscillation and unpredictability – sometimes working […]

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Grownups Make Choices

Bill Drummond's under-bridge graffiti

For the cool-down at spin class, the instructor put on some Andrew Lloyd Weber, I think something from Phantom of the Opera. Yes, it was pretty random. But, for me, something of a blast from the past. It was a song I used to sing, back when I had singing lessons. And then as I […]

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168 hours

When stressed, I’m prone to bemoaning the lack of hours in the day. I think if I could just get an extra, say, two hours a day, that would be one more activity I could get in. When happy (and for me, happy usually means productive) I reason, “We all get the same 24 hours […]

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What is Work-Life Balance, Anyway?

Aurelia on the Cloud Swing

Women, especially, seem to talk about work-life-balance – and it’s synonym, work-life-integration (a la IBM) a lot. But what does it mean? The cop out, d’uh, answer is, different things to everyone. I’ve come to think that what it means is that the pieces that make up your life (work, family, friends, exercise, hobbies, etc […]

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In Pursuit of Awesome: The Perils of a Reactionary Workflow

After The Rain

I got an amazing response to my In Pursuit of Awesome post, here and on Geek Feminism. It’s inspired me to write a series of posts where I explore some of the tips I wrote about and related topics in more depth. I ran into my manager from IBM the other week. He gave me some really good […]

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In Pursuit of Awesome: The Myth of the “Right” Time

Perfect timing, right?

I got an amazing response to my In Pursuit of Awesome post, here and on Geek Feminism. It’s inspired me to write a series of posts where I explore some of the tips I wrote about and related topics in more depth. Let me offer you a scenario. You move to a new place and […]

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Delegation – What Value Do You Place on Time?

My friends and some of my colleagues have been mocking me for “outsourcing my life”. I don’t think that expression is accurate though – it’s more that I’ve been outsourcing details in order to enjoy life more (and achieve more). For me, it’s all about leverage. How can I leverage myself in order to do […]

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Priorities and Next Steps

Ballooning Over Albuquerque

The other day I was having lunch with some other interns, and they were discussing their GPA. It made me question what I was doing, surrounded by 20-22 year-olds who think that a GPA is a measure of achievement and/or a defining characteristic. I mean, to participate in the conversation should I calculate my GPA? […]

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The Gap Between The Possible and My Imagination

This is where I live. In this space between what I could achieve in a given day, or week, or month… and what in my imagination I’m capable of. Of course in my imagination I never kick back and watch a movie with my friend and a bottle of wine (honestly, this rarely happens in […]

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Effectiveness and Time Management Tips

So my winter break reading consisted of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Getting Things Done, and The Power of Less (all Amazon). There’s a large amount of overlap between the first two and The Power of Less, but it’s a nice summary with some good thoughts on achieving your goals. 7 Habits is […]

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