Transitions – internalizing learning

The second week of my transition to a new job has passed, and I find myself with an obvious conclusion. I'm treading on thin ice. Constantly aware of what I say and do, exposing my views ("you don't want to seem unopinionated", my angel on the right shoulder, or Self 1, advises) but careful not to let ...

The first steps of a transition

Since ages, I've loved transitions. The first days of falling in love; the changes of seasons; moving to a new place to live (ok, without the packing and unpacking); going back to school in autumn; and changing the job. Transitions spice up life. Without them, we would be caught in a neverending slumber. The only thing ...

How to switch from stress to enjoyment

One of the best advices I've been given throughout my life and career was "Stop taking yourself so seriously". As it might seem shocking to some, the man who gave me this advice was right. "Who, me? But - I have all reasons to be serious! This is ^%$*ing important!" - "See? My point exactly!" Taking myself too ...

Best Time Management tools – Part 2

As I'm now officially on vacation, I can continue the series of the Best Time Management tools tried and experienced, and recommended further. The part 1 post you can find here. Here are the next few tools/tips that can improve your personal organizing/peace of mind, if used properly and frequently enough. 9. Daily/weekly priorities list An example of a ...

Best Time Management tools – Part 1

As a personal organizing freak, I've laid my hands on almost every time management tool or concept ever invented. Below is a list of the best I've tried - and, for those who want to read more, some recommended books. 1. Forms. By Forms I mean Excel sheets with calculations, colors, formulas and stuff that transform what you ...

Being a Professional Muse

Yesterday I was talking to a dear client, and she shared with me an experience that made me think about the people we surround ourselves with. But let me share the experience first. Episode 1. Enter "The Expert". We all meet experts in our lives - most of them are quite arrogant people, who consider their ...

Idea of the week – The Last Lecture

I'm putting a whole book as Idea of the Week here, because the book is absolutely overwhelming. I heard about Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture" a few months ago. His story is simple: Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon who delivered a sum of his life's learnings in an hour's speech and a book called "The ...

Exercising Gratitude

Last week my grandmother fell very, very ill. We all thought she would die. I spent 2 days beside her, holding her hand, seeing her state degrade hour by hour. Friends came to visit. Old acquaintances passed by. Relatives called every minute, crying. And somewhere, my grandmother found the strength to come back. With half her body ...

Idea of the Week: Authenticity

This week, I found the same clue in several places. I've experienced it in my life, the hard way. So this makes it the Idea of the Week. Authenticity creates value. So where does this new secret of success (and, unlike Douglas Adams' computer, I'm not gonna say "42") come from? Source 1:  How To Make My Blog ...