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?
The free planners for June are now available on the Free Planners page! June is just about here, and with that, the unofficial start of summer for those of us in the northern hemisphere. Summer is the season of transition – graduations, weather shifts, energy levels – and with this change comes … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for June 2019 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jacquette M. Timmons. Every business, from the start-up to the “mom-n-pop,” and from the small service and/or product-based business to the multi-national company, eventually encounters a season when money is tight. Perhaps it looks like sales reaching a … [Read more...] about When Money Is Tight, Are You Blaming It on Cashflow?
Editor's note: This post stems from a podcast episode of the same topic. Check out the episode "Is Technology Affecting Your Relationships?". In recent years, communication technology has drastically changed expectations for the ways we interact with each other. Before text messages, smart phones, … [Read more...] about 4 Great Ways to Stay Present in the Digital Age
It’s inevitable that when we embark on ambitious endeavors, there will be setbacks. Goal setting is designed to get us farther along the road toward success. Without clearly defined goals, many of us would meander through our days and only accomplish a fraction of the things we’re capable … [Read more...] about Failure or Opportunity: You Get to Choose
Editor's note: This is a guest post by Todd Henry of Accidental Creative. It’s tempting to believe that accomplishing your goals is about big efforts and huge wins. In reality, it’s more about the little things — the “dailies,” to borrow a monastic term — that you do consistently. For example, … [Read more...] about How to Make Progress on Your Big Goals with Daily Commitments
Some of us just can’t get enough of learning. We are constantly on the search for the next piece of information that will finally take us where we want to go: a bonafide information junkie. Maybe it’s that pricey seminar next weekend. It will surely get us to the place where we can take off and … [Read more...] about Are You an Information Junkie?
The free planners for May are now available on the Free Planners page! Many of us are starting to come out of hibernation, slowly at first, with a walk around the park on the first day where the breeze is no longer feeling brisk. Gradually, we start to pick up steam; cleaning off the patio … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for May 2019 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jenn Labin. When I shared our original plan for a family scrum, and then again when I updated it a year later, some of you reached out with wonderful comments and reactions. I also received a few questions that really got the gears turning. One of the … [Read more...] about 3 Ways a Family Scrum Can Strengthen Your Relationships
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Molly Gordon. Marie Kondo’s KonMari approach to transforming cluttered homes into havens of peace and contentment has captured imaginations worldwide. If we look to the heart of her approach, we’ll find principles that work equally well for clearing mental … [Read more...] about How to KonMari Your Mental Clutter