Are you having trouble weeding the increidble pile of self-help information out there?
I was. That is until I devised my own plan.
Design your very own personal development plan.
“Banish the Sunday Night Blues!” Listen in, call in, and enjoy a lively discussion about slowing down to enjoy life.
You can do that this Sunday, December 23rd, at 10:00 PM Eastern. I’ll be a guest of Kristen Hallows on her Blog Talk Radio show Job You Desire.
When my kids went off to college, I was worried, as all parents are, if they were ready to embrace today’s world and not by consumed by it. I found comfort in the fact that their schools were providing them with email accounts and that I had provided them with cell phones with endless minutes. “How did my parents ever get along while I was away at school without instant access to me?” I wondered, but was quite grateful for the technological conveniences that today’s world offered to them (and to me!).
It took me a while to learn the ‘rules’ of communicating with young people who were stretching their wings of newfound independence.
I have recently been thinking about the things we don’t do, that we love to do. I know people, for instance, who really enjoy the ballet, and who have ballet companies in or near their city, and yet don’t go to the ballet. Why not? “It’s too expensive.” “I don’t have anyone to go with me.” “I don’t have the time.” “I never think of it.”
I say put it on your calendar, spend the money, go alone, give up doing something you don’t enjoy.
As my kids have grown, and I’ve been fortunate enough to step away from a brutal workaholic schedule and watch them grow up and become young adults, I’ve really enjoyed learning how children just seem to understand balance, and they can teach it to us when we’re willing to learn.
Of course that’s a big if.
Ok … you have all your productivity tools in place. You have a rock-solid time management system. You have a seemingly-workable plan. But something isn’t quite right. You feel that, now, more than ever, you’re being stretched beyond your limits.
Maybe what’s missing isn’t all the tools and techniques. Maybe it’s your strategy.
Are you planning one of those low-key, kick-back-and-relax weekends filled with quality instead of quantity? Here are some reads for your Good-Slow weekend:
7 Reflections with the Tame Kieves, Author of This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love. Summary: Even though Tama graduated from Harvard Law
What could someone say to you, if you are working an exhausting, career inspired, trying to reach the top of the ladder kind of life,
OK, there’s something that you really, really want. You’re absolutely yearning for it with all of your soul and being. All you can think about is how much you want it. You ache for it and hunger for it. You become obsessed with it. You spend all of your waking hours thinking about it – consciously and subconsciously – and how to attain it. It consumes you.
You disregard your health – your diet, your sleep, your recreation, your personal time, your intellectual and creative nourishment. You rationalize that the things you’re doing in pursuit of this dream are for the good of all those involved in your life, yet you ignore them, erecting a wall between you and your partner, family, children, friends, and colleagues. Worse yet, you treat them in ways that leave in your wake a sea of emotional turmoil.