What’s the *primary* cause of your overwhelm?


So, as you know, I’ve created a little survey on overwhelm. (Takes two minutes … have you done it yet? You should totally do it. It's really pretty, there are cool gifts waiting at the end and you can win these books.) Now, one of the really surprising things to come out of the survey is the number of comments I’ve gotten from people saying that Continue Reading

A reminder to pause … and then keep going


This week I shared this remarkable post on my Facebook page. The author of the post got a semi-colon tattooed on her wrist in order to start useful conversations around depression (something which, for her, is an everyday reality), and also: “as a promise to myself that I would never willingly end my sentence.” As she notes: “A semi-colon is Continue Reading

9 books that have made me a better person


As many of you know, my next book is going to be called How To Say No. And as part of the research for that book I’ve created a survey I’d love everyone in the world to fill out. Now, as anyone who’s ever created a survey knows, getting people to fill them out can be a problem. There usually needs to be some kind of enticement. So I pondered: Continue Reading

Do as I say, not as I do: the to-do list


Last Sunday, as I do every Sunday, I sat down and wrote down everything I had to accomplish for the following week (this week). I then turned that ‘everything’ into a to-do list, and distributed all those to-do's across the five working days of this week. ‘Ambitious’ doesn’t even begin to describe the amount of things I’d set myself to get through. Continue Reading

Restoring career confidence after kids


Last week, on this post about rebuilding lost confidence, Julie left this comment: “I've been thinking of returning to the workforce after spending the past 6 1/2 years at home. However, I've lost confidence in whether I can still do the job I used to do before I had kids. Now I need to think about what I really want to do and whether I need to do Continue Reading

An unexamined life is …


An unexamined life is not worth living. But if all you’re doing is examining, are you really living? As a very introspective person, I will admit I walk this fine line a lot. The one between useful self-awareness and self-reflection … and flat out navel gazing. Which is why I found a couple of pieces in this last week quite interesting. The Continue Reading