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Time Management: It’s Not Your Fault

Time Management: It’s Not Your Fault

Your problems with overwork and time management are not your fault. It’s the racist, patriarchal, capitalist system that constantly tells you that your only value is in what you do and what you produce. That means that we get on the hamster wheel of overworking to satisfy the system. And the system is never satisfied.

Be a Time Boss: Get Less Done

Be a Time Boss: Get Less Done

When I was young, I must have thought time was infinite. I mean – time is infinite in the grand scheme of the universe – but my ability to use the time I have available is very finite. When I was young, I would say yes to every activity and commitment that I wanted to...

Forget the pumpkin spice: Be the leaves

Forget the pumpkin spice: Be the leaves

The reality is that this beautiful color change we see is a seasonal death for leaves. The trees necessarily shed leaves, preparing for the months of rest in the winter. Then the trees have a blank slate on which to grow new buds and leaves when the sun and warmth returns in spring.

Bravery, rest and giraffe tongues

Bravery, rest and giraffe tongues

Now, hosting two out-of-town guests for the first time in three years may not seem like a break. It was work, but such a different kind of work that it felt restful for my overwrought brain.

Hiding from fear

Hiding from fear

I’ve retracted into that cocoon, tried to learn from my stumbles and failures and make plans (that I’m pretty excited about), but my monitor is still saying to me, “WTF? You’re trying THAT again. That’s a losing proposition! Abort! Abort!!”