Nature: A Pause that Refreshes

Unbelievably, a mother bird has chosen our porch as her maternity ward. She’s huddled her little Junco nest into the branches of a small needlepoint ivy planted in the hanging pot. We walk by it everyday, all day, and she is unflinching in her devotion to her four...

The Magical List: Braking your Busy Brain

I asked the window washer what bugged him the most in his life right now. (I get bored with my own perspective sometimes.) His answer surprised me, “Having too many projects going at once. Too much to think about.” Only 30 and he’s already feeling the stress of too...

“Free Time” is Productive – 9/11

Tom Trimbath and I rockin’ One of my readers gave me this tip, which I didn’t think I needed. But I do. I’m realizing more and more that I start each day with this question in my head “What do I have to do today?” This perspective automatically pushes anything...

Recycle Paper Into Note Pads – 11/10

Here’s a practical idea that will make your daily life easier. I’ve been a veteran list maker for years, discovering the value of notes to myself long ago. So many times I’m in one room when I have a thought I need to remember, and by the time I get...

Schedule Relaxation – 11/07

I caught myself doing it again this morning — starting out with a mental list of what I have to accomplish today. This is wrong. I recently vowed to give myself one day a week of doing what I want to do, not what I should do. The list of obligations that you try...