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Tackling the Volume | My War Against Email (Part 1)

12 May

I was a slave to email, and it was ugly. My program was open all day and all night. I was spending about 75% of my time scrolling, reacting, deleting, forwarding, filing, and fretting over my inbox. So I decided to wage a war. The sheer volume – that is by nature organized in chronological order – made it impossible to prioritize and I was overlooking things that were important and actually required action. The volume cluttered my brain and workspace. The volume of email was stressful because it was a constant reminder of everything I wasn’t getting to. So it was clear that the first step of my war against email was to tackle the volume of emails and quiet my digital workspace.   Continue reading

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Creating Happiness in the Workplace – 5 Pithy Posts

17 Dec
D Sharon Pruitt of Pink Sherbert Photography

Photo Courtesy of D Sharon Pruitt of Pink Sherbert Photography

We spend a lot of time working – so why shouldn’t we create happiness in our workplace? Work does not have to be another four-letter word — we have a lot of control over our physical & mental space. Rather than waiting for “it” to happen, we can create the space where we smile and produce amidst the chaos and deadlines.

These pieces have several common threads that resonate with me: Saying No, Working in Intervals, Getting Your Heart Rate Up, Connecting with Your Tribe, Decluttering, Laughing, Reconciling Our Time and Values….

Life is short – join me in creating some more happiness in the workplace! Continue reading

5 Sneaky Productivity Lies

12 Dec

To Do List - Getting Things DoneI recently realized that I’ve lied to myself AGAIN about my work. I’m so busy. My work is so hard. I’m so stressed out. Waaaaaaaaaaaah (enter Lucy cry). Granted, some of it is hard & yes I am busy. But most of it I’ve created myself – I have a part – and that’s the truth.

Same dance, different tune — I’ve been here before. But somehow I forgot the lessons I had learned.

My lies are sneaky. They creep in slowly, disguised as my being a productive-worker-bee and they are dangerous. They hurt my work. They hurt my relationships. They hurt my health.

And the time is now to say no to the nonsense. Continue reading

Just Say No to Noise and Needless Interruptions

28 Nov

Just Say No to the Noise!

The workplace has become a deafening place with 24/7 demands. While technology has enabled us to learn and communicate in ways that were impossible 10 years ago, it has also created a sense of urgency to tasks that otherwise would not have crossed our desk.

Amidst all the chaos and seemingly endless demands, we let our days get away from us by inadvertently letting others’ requests dominate our time. By the end of the day, we are exhausted and frustrated by the “real” work that did not get completed.  Continue reading

Quick Poll: Do You Listen to Music at Work?

19 Nov

Music has been a huge key for me lately – it clears my head, makes me smile, helps me sweat, and I’ve been known to erupt in a spontaneous jance (Jog + Dance).  At work, I’ve dialed in a Groovy Office Music Station on Pandora with some lovely Jackson Browne, James Taylor & Alison Krauss.

Do you groove at work? If so, what to?

 

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