A few years ago I got an email from a reader — let’s call him Arnie — seeking advice on how to grow his (written) blog. In his email he mentioned that he wasn’t good at writing and didn’t enjoy it. A sentence or two later, he mentioned how much he loved talking and creating videos. Being distant … [Read more...] about How to Use Your GATES to Make Your Project Easier
Angela created this lovely audio meditation during a recent walk, which you can listen to here: (Listening time at 1x speed: ~13 minutes) Alternatively, the text of the audio is reprinted below, if you wish to read instead of listen (or in addition). --- I found myself in this world … [Read more...] about Solitude, Crossing Paths, and Adaptability
The free planners for April are now available on the Free Planners page! April is normally a time to welcome in a fresh start in Q2 and a sunnier season here in the Northern Hemisphere. And though the birds will still chirp and the tulips bloom, the COVID-19 pandemic is certainly putting a damper … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for April 2020 Are Now Available
We know a lot of you are looking to be as productive and balanced as possible in your new work-from-home situation due to COVID-19, which is why we hosted a webinar on “How to Stay Productive and Sane While Working from Home”. You can watch the recording of the webinar above or over on YouTube. … [Read more...] about How to Stay Sane and Productive While Working from Home
In my experience, the chief reason people don’t finish their most meaningful projects is because they’re trying to do it alone. Given that the more a project matters to us, the more we’ll thrash with it, it’s even more important that we build a team of allies around us, yet it’s the fear of having … [Read more...] about How Success Packs Push Your Project to Done
Editor’s Note: In an earlier part of his career, PF team member Steve worked in corporate America for a dozen years, both as an individual contributor and as a manager. He still remembers the struggles to apply time blocking to carve out productive time amid the onslaught of meetings and … [Read more...] about How to Apply Time Blocking in a Corporate Setting
A common challenge I help people work through is figuring out how much work they’re doing and whether they’re going to be able to finish the projects they have on deck in time. Most people have committed to too many projects — especially when we add in their personal projects — and they’re … [Read more...] about The Five Projects Rule: Defining Your Best Work
The free planners for March are now available on the Free Planners page! January felt like 100 years long, and February is passing us by in the blink of an eye, so you know what that means – March is upon us and, with that, the end of Quarter 1.... yes, already! So between the resolutions (for … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for March 2020 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
On our February 2020 Monthly Momentum Call, someone asked a great question about project fatigue. Shortly after the call, I had a hit that it’d be a great topic to share publicly, too. Before I jump into that, though, if you’re unfamiliar with our Monthly Momentum Calls, they are free Q&A … [Read more...] about How Do You Prevent Project Fatigue?
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Nancy Seibel, M.Ed., NCC, BCC. From the series’ earliest films to the latest and last, the Star Wars movies’ portrayals of courage have awed me every time. “Could I ever do something like that?” I wondered as I watched The Rise of Skywalker’s outnumbered … [Read more...] about Which Forms of Courage Do You See In Yourself?
Psychologists agree that 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February (that’s next week, if you’re keeping track). And the social fitness network Strava is even more pessimistic: Their research, analyzing more than 31.5 million online global activities, proclaims that the … [Read more...] about 5 Questions to Make You Rethink Your New Year’s Resolutions
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ali Luke. It can be tough to make the space and find the energy for creative projects at the best of times. But when you have young children or a busy family life, it’s often particularly tricky. I’ve got two kids, aged five and nearly-seven. Eight years … [Read more...] about How to Juggle Your Creative Projects Around Family Life
The free planners for February are now available on the Free Planners page! February is the perfect month for getting back into your groove. With the holidays in the rearview mirror and your New Year’s resolutions waning, now is the time to snap back into reality. So get out the space heater, … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for February 2020 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jacquette M. Timmons. On December 5, 2019, I was in the iHeart studio recording a special show about overspending during the holiday season with The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee and financial journalist Stacey Tisdale. It was an absolute blast, and it is an … [Read more...] about How Can Feedback Help You Make Better Quality Decisions?
As you’re thinking about that next big project you want to tackle in 2020, it’s important to consider just how big that big project will be. Which means you’ll need to define not only what success looks like, but the level of that success you want to achieve. [The information below is a modified … [Read more...] about How to Find the Right Level of Success for Your Next Project
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Lisa Robbin Young. ’Tis the season for annual reviews and reflections on the last decade. The beginning of the year for me, however, always has a tinge more gravitas because it’s also close to my own birthday. I turned 45 yesterday and I’ve been an online … [Read more...] about 25 Lessons in Business (After 25 Years)
In case you’ve been living under a rock, WeWork, once touted as one of the world’s most valuable startups, is in trouble. From a spectacularly bungled IPO to the ouster of its capricious, cash-burning cofounder and CEO Adam Neumann, the workspace-sharing company is making major headlines. And by all … [Read more...] about 4 Reasons Why Coworking Is on the Rise
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jeffrey Davis. Imagine you’re at your favorite coffee shop. While you glance over the menu, you probably know what you are going to order before you even arrive. Maybe an inner voice encourages you to be adventurous and try the maple bacon coffee, but then … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Bust Your Familiarity Bias and See What’s Possible