July Goal Progress: Week 2 Check In

It’s now the third week of the month, and I’ve only done one weekly check in on my goal to eat the frog? Shame on me. But a lot has happened in the last week though that’s had me in a bit of a tizzy. I did successfully block off a chunk of my workday mornings to deal with my most important thing of each day. However, we had some staffing changes at work that have resulted in a ton of new {Read More}

July Challenge: Eat the Frog

Can you believe it’s July already?! June went by pretty fast, even though I gave up sugar for the month, and now I’m excited that summer is finally here. Sure, we’ve hit some record breaking high 90s temps in Colorado already, but to me, July is the first month that is wholly summer, and I am really pumped to make the most of it. In order to make the most of it, though, I want to try to get a slightly better {Read More}

Turning A Flight Delay Into 8,000 Steps

Well, I am really glad that no-complaining month is over, because tonight I had a lot to complain about. I had not one but two flights get delayed three hours each. The kicker was this frustrating conversation: Me to gate agent: “I know it says we’ll be boarding in two minutes, but the gate is empty. Is our flight still on time?” Gate agent: “Oh, yes, definitely on time.” Me: “But it looks like our planned inbound aircraft hasn’t landed yet. Did we get an {Read More}

April Challenge: Sleep 8 Hours a Night

As I mentioned in Thursday’s post, last week was a bit crazy, and I have definitely not been getting enough sleep. That trend has unfortunately been continuing for a while. I knew it had gotten bad when I was thinking through my schedule last Sunday night (March 27), and starting a personal countdown to Thursday April 7. Why April 7? Well, I target that as being a night when I would likely be able to go to bed at a reasonable hour, {Read More}

January Goal Progress: Week 4 Check In

This weekend didn’t quite go the way I expected. I wrote on Thursday about how I had a weekend with almost nothing planned, and I was looking forward to reading, sipping tea, and getting a lot of work done. But my schedule ended up filling up rather quickly – which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing to have some distractions. On Saturday morning, I went to a Meetup group that happened to be at the home of another Denver-area blogger – Karissa! {Read More}

The Power of a Lunch Break

Since starting my project in Dallas this fall, I’ve made a conscious effort to take a break for lunch every day. Sometimes I get lunch with a colleague, sometimes I catch up on blogs on my phone, and frequently I read a few chapters of a book on my Kindle. Plus, whenever possible, I try to go to a fast food place in the area rather than eating at the cafeteria, so that I also can drive and get a little {Read More}

App I Love: MailTime

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m not a fan of text messaging. I find it intrusive and disruptive, and don’t understand why an email doesn’t achieve the same purpose if it’s not intended to be urgent. After all, everyone has email on their phones now, right? But I understand I’m in the minority on that, and further, I understand that there are a whole group of people who feel the opposite way {Read More}

January Challenge: Scheduling My To-Do List

Yesterday, I explained the concept of my one month, one challenge approach to this year’s resolutions. In that post, I talked about how inspiring I found my colleague Jullien’s webcast on getting a fresh start to the New Year, and how I was really motivated by what he said around goal stacking. However, another concept that really stuck with me (and formed the basis for my January challenge) is the idea of calendaring your goals. In Jullien’s New Year’s guide, he has {Read More}

Goal Focusing: One Month, One Challenge

I mentioned last week that my colleague Jullien Gordon’s wrote an awesome and free New Year’s Guide; he also hosted a free webinar to talk through it and help people complete it. I’ve only had time to complete about half of the workbook so far, and I was also only able to attend half of his webinar. (Noticing a pattern? Oops.) But I got a lot of out what I’ve done so far, and I’ve finally settled on my New Year’s resolution for 2016. In {Read More}

Is My Vacation Balance a Measure of Work-Life Balance?

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just about here, and New Year’s is also fast approaching. Where did the year go?! I’ll save the recap/goal posts for next week, but I wanted to talk a little bit now about my upcoming vacation. At my company, we implement a “firmwide shutdown” starting on Christmas Day and running all the way through New Year’s Day. Yes, you have to use a few vacation days for this, but they’re always very generous about also {Read More}