The free planners for September are now available on the Free Planners page! While the calendar may indicate something different, the spirit of summer is slowly starting to fade. The mornings are getting darker, the breeze is a bit cooler, and you’re starting to revisit your “Cozy Soups” recipe … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for September 2019 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jenn Labin. Major disruptions to our work lives can take any number of forms. You might get sick, married, start a certification class, or begin taking care of your parents. Your partner may go through a rough patch at work, or you might lose a loved one or … [Read more...] about How to Overcome Major Disruptions in Your Work Life
The free planners for August are now available on the Free Planners page! You know “that” feeling on a Sunday night? That’s how those going back to school are starting to feel right about now. August is the Sunday Scaries of the summer months, but while stores are stocking up on notebooks, pens … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for August 2019 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
In the United States, we spend somewhere between 12 and 20 years going to school, but only a tiny fraction of that time is spent learning how to work. Even when skills that lead to academic success are formally taught, those skills rarely translate to the world outside of school and academia. The … [Read more...] about School Doesn’t Teach You How to Work in Project World
Many people find themselves surprisingly busier in the summer than they expect to be. The chief reason we’re surprised is that the summer brings new projects that we often don’t count as projects and we have to weave those projects in with the projects we set in motion in the spring. Why don’t we … [Read more...] about Why the Summer Is Surprisingly Busy — and What to Do about It
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ali Luke. Do you ever find yourself going over the same problem — again and again — inside your head? Maybe you’re in your 50s and you’re still worrying what you’ll be when you grow up. Maybe, once again, you’ve said “yes” to something when you wish … [Read more...] about 5 Easy Ways to Write About Your Problems (and Start Solving Them)
One of my friends who has a great business is looking for a job. For many people, "having a great business" and "looking for a job" are incompatible. If you had a great business, you wouldn't be looking for a job, right? Wrong. They're looking for a job because they've realized that their … [Read more...] about Should You Get a Job When You Have a Great Business?
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Lisa Robbin Young. Multi-talented performing artist Will Smith once famously said that he isn’t afraid to die on a treadmill. He went on to say that he won’t be outworked. Admittedly, Smith has been prolific. He has more than 30 films and nine albums to his … [Read more...] about Are Massive Action and Hustle Ruining Your Creative Business?
The free planners for July are now available on the Free Planners page! July really can feel like a landmark month. We’re now halfway through the year and we’re just dipping our toes into Quarter 3. And for a lot of us here in the northern hemisphere, we’re split into two very different camps: … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for July 2019 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Patricia Bravo. Picture this. You’re under a tight deadline or pressure to deliver. You have no additional resources at the moment, you have more work than you can handle and clients are awaiting your deliverables. To top it off, you barely slept the last … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Be an Empathetic Leader Under Pressure
Conversations on trust are difficult because they have moral and practical connotations. We sometimes mean trust in the practical way: I trust my car to start, the sun to rise, or my cappuccino to be good. Other times, we use trust in a moral way, as in the way I trust my neighbors not to give my … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Have that Trust Conversation Sooner
I was listening to the audiobook version of Mark Nepo's More Together Than Alone the other day. The following passage struck me: In an elemental way, empathy and connection are life-giving. Let’s consider how birds sing at the sign of first light. By itself this is remarkable, that light causes … [Read more...] about How Do You Sing in the Morning?
I used to suck at receiving help. I was so bad at it someone finally had to tell me ... We were sitting at a table in the sun at a retreat I was facilitating in Cancun in 2012. I had just finished my glass of tea and a retreat participant asked if she could fill it up because she was going to the … [Read more...] about Do You Need to Get Better at Asking for and Receiving Help?