The Ireland Road Trip or how to really enjoy your vacation

"Time doesn't stand still here - it just lingers." This was an inscription on "Joyce's craft shop", above, in Connemara; and it stands true for all Irish countryside. Time is, ultimately, how we perceive it, and that's one thing I experimented through my 12 days - 2000 km - country-tour-coastal route of Ireland. We started off ...

Are you living too fast?

This is part 1 of a series of 3 blog posts on The Slow Movement, aimed to raise your awareness that doing things slower increases your effectiveness and enjoyment. I came across a mind-blowing talk by Carl Honore, author of "In Praise of Slowness" recently. The kind of idea that simply "fits the puzzle". We ...

Careers – and passions – are dangerous

"If you work diligently eight hours per day, you might get yourself promoted and become a manager, to work twelve hours per day." (Robert Frost, quoted in "The Four Hour Work Week") This post is inspired by the idea of looking for the perfect career, and also by most everything that Ash writes at the middlefingerproject.org ...

The century of individualism

You know the world is full of infinite possibilities. Your parents told you "you can be anything you want". Or, if your parents did not tell us so, you quickly found that out from books, magazines or motivational movies. You quickly realized that in order to succeed you have to be unique. You explored how marketing comes up ...

5 Roles – Pie Chart tool

This is a very easy to use tool I've developed when working with one of my coaching clients. I've actually even simplified it more, to make it more appealing to a first time user! :) The downloadable link is just at the end of the blog post. But first, here's how you can use it. 5 Roles It ...

Life Management – Are you getting the best out of the first 2010 quarter?

At the beginning of 2010 I posted this yearly planner online. As mentioned, setting 10 (or one, or two) New Year's Resolutions is not going to help you much. Oh, ok, writing them down and posting them (like Leo of Zen Habits suggests here) is gonna get you a bit more focused. But what really helps is ...

The Un-Work Life Balance

Inspired by the post of a Romanian career coach here. Lately my days have been shattered by personal quakes. I have a grandmother who is struggling for her final breaths, a friend who just gave birth today to a beautiful baby boy, and I'm planning my wedding for the summer. In the meanwhile, I go to ...

Build a Life Changing Habit

If you haven't read at least one article on New Year's Resolutions (yeah, I've got my own)  in the past two weeks, you've been living on another planet. Or don't read blogs too often. Now, as the buzz on New Year's Resolutions wears off, phew, we can all go back to our usual life-consuming boredom. ...Can we? In ...

Life Management 101

I'm not a master of life. But at least I'm a hard learning apprentice. Here are some things I found along the way. I'm sure you've thought about them too. The hard part is getting to do them. This is a crash course on managing your life and bringing it closer to where you want. Call it effectiveness ...