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I feel old at work

I feel old at work

Do you ever catch yourself thinking “I feel old at work”? Maybe that thought comes up because you’re among the older workers in your unit or organization, or because the clients you serve are young. Perhaps it's because your director/manager is younger than you are....

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How to write your mission statement

How to write your mission statement

This post guides you on how to write your mission statement. I recommend you create your mission statement after completing these two activities: identify your values (you can use this Worksheet on Values) and articulate your vision (see this post for details,...

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How to write your vision statement

How to write your vision statement

This post will take you through the steps of how to write your vision statement. You cab find a downloadable worksheet at the end. I used the process outlined below a few years ago when I was working with a career coach. At that time, I didn't realize how valuable a...

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Having more fun in life

Having more fun in life

Having more fun in life has not been one of my priorities and throughout my teens and adulthood I've poured my energy into working and accomplishing. I've reaped benefits from this "work hard" behaviour (or habit?): approval, acceptance, and accolades. But I don't...

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Stay in productive mode by tracking your time

Stay in productive mode by tracking your time

Do you ever think something is going to take you "___ " hours and it takes you 3 times longer?  Even when you've done a similar project many times before and, in theory, "should" know how long it takes you? If so, tracking your time can help you stay in productive...

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Do you feel like you never have enough time?

Do you feel like you never have enough time?

Do you feel like you have never enough time? You know, the day ends and your to-do list is longer than it was in the morning? Or, you go to bed thinking about all the things you didn't get done? Maybe you're even running through your to-do list when you intended to be...

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Treat your self well: Have things to look forward to

Treat your self well: Have things to look forward to

There is an abundance of advice on how to treat your self well through sound nutrition, adequate movement (exercise), sleep, and healthy relationships. But, what about self-care through fun or other pleasures? If you’re all about getting work done and meeting your...

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Why is it so hard to rest?

Why is it so hard to rest?

I envy people who relax often and easily.  For me and other ambitious perfectionists, it's surprisingly hard to rest. I'm "working on it"--which, ironically, isn't my preferred approach. Working on resting seems like an oxymoron! Yet, it captures where I'm at and who...

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Activity for goal setting: my weekly process

Activity for goal setting: my weekly process

I didn't use to set weekly goals. I used to only create annual goals, early in the year, and then didn't engage in any kind of activity for goal setting after that. Eventually, I added monthly goal setting to my practice and that was helpful. Even after the addition...

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Reach your goals faster

Reach your goals faster

Reach your goals with ease We set goals because we want to reach them--they represent something important to us. And, whether we articulate a timeframe or not, we usually have one in mind. That goes for anything ranging from securing a more senior position at work to...

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