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The Day Starts in the Dark

The Day Starts in the Dark

I was listening to a talk the other day, and the speaker made an interesting point about how each new day starts in the dark. I’m not sure why our system works that way, but each new day begins at 12am, which feels like the middle of the night. The new day has come,...
Blessed to Be a Blessing

Blessed to Be a Blessing

Many of us struggle to figure out our purpose in life. We long to live full, meaningful lives, but our reality often falls short. We might feel like we’re just going through the motions. Or, we might work really hard at something we thought would bring us meaning...
How to Decide What to Do at Work: A 4-Part Model

How to Decide What to Do at Work: A 4-Part Model

Many people go about their work activities haphazardly. They respond to whatever seems to be most important in the moment, without doing much thinking about what they should be doing and why. This way of doing work makes it challenging to make consistent progress on...
How to Save Time on Email: Write Longer Emails

How to Save Time on Email: Write Longer Emails

Most of us spend a lot of time on email. At many of our workplaces, email is the primary mode of communication. We are on email constantly. Although extremely convenient, email can be challenging to navigate because it is very distracting. It takes our attention away...
5 Steps to Stress-Free Productivity

5 Steps to Stress-Free Productivity

Many of us would like to be effective and efficient in our work and personal lives. It would be great if we could handle our business successfully with minimal stress and worry. Unfortunately, for most of us, this isn’t our experience. We never seem to have enough...
5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

I take the train to work. It takes about 90 minutes each way, so it’s a long commute. I remember one day as I got off the train, I passed by a mother and her young daughter getting on the train. The mother smiled at me and asked, “Was it fun?” She must have noticed...
How to Train Your Dog (And Yourself)

How to Train Your Dog (And Yourself)

A few years ago, I visited some friends who lived in Western Michigan. It was summer, so we spent a beautiful day at the beach, hanging out at Lake Michigan. One of my friends brought his dog, and I was amazed at how well behaved the dog was. The dog would run far...
When You’re Feeling Stuck, Take Your Time

When You’re Feeling Stuck, Take Your Time

Author Scott Peck tells an interesting story about a time he was taking a walk in his neighborhood and observed his neighbor fixing his lawn mower. Scott was impressed, because he had always struggled to do anything mechanical. Scott told his neighbor how impressed he...
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