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This increases your love affair with time.

Before we begin, I have a gift for you!  I’m giving you A WHOLE EXTRA 24 HOURS to use however you want to! You’ll get your extra 24 hours called “leap year” day this Thursday. You’re welcome. 🙄 (corny? Yeah, I know. Sorry.) If you can forgive me for making a...

This one thing makes time stressful…

Before I tell you “the one thing”. I would love your help with next week’s topic about time. Please hit <<reply>> and tell me: What’s your biggest time-related struggle? Let’s tackle this together and make next week’s blog super helpful...

How we spend time

Last week we explored the simplicity of time, and your homework was to become more aware of how you are spending yours.  The earth has rotated seven times since the last Monday Motivations newsletter. Were you aware of the time passing? And did you spend some of...

The simplicity of time

Week 6 – Happy first week of February! During the month of January, you created your goals, and you now have the rest of the year to make them happen. So, in February, we will discuss time so that you can complete your goals and feel good about how you spend each day....

Stop and Reflect, and Don’t Be A Bully

At one point, I wondered if I would have enough to say to talk about goals for five weeks. It turns out that, Yes, I do. I could go another few weeks, but next week, it will be time to move on to talk about February’s theme, Time. Today, let’s close out...

It’s time to get SMART

Hey there. Welcome to 2024 week 3. I will continue January’s theme of goal-setting. January: Goal Setting Week 1: Daydream about what you want to achieve. click here to read it. Week 2: Ask “why” to understand the reasons behind your goals. Read...

Why? Why? Why?

Hey there. Welcome to 2024 week 2. Be honest. Has the clean slate feeling worn off yet? It usually starts to wind down pretty fast for me, but don’t worry. I’m going to help you keep the momentum going As a reminder, in 2024, this newsletter will have a...

I love a blank slate!

Happy New Year 2024! Don’t you LOVE a blank slate? I do. It’s one of my favorite things to feel. And yes, I think a blank slate is a feeling, not a physical thing. New Year’s Day is the # 1 time that I feel a blank slate. The second most common time...

Moving Forward From Stuck

I want you to think of a goal you have, your boss has given you, or that you think you should do, which you are stuck on. Just pick one. Are you thinking, “This is impossible,” “I don’t know how to get started,” “I’ve never...

The Word Should

“Should” seems like such a helpful word. We say it to try to motivate ourselves, or to express some hope of success or improvement. But it’s a sneaky little word. should I should be cleaning the house I should get up and exercise It should work That...

Happy Labor Day

From the department of labor “Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many...

Do you have the downtime you want?

Let’s talk about downtime.  Do you take all the downtime you want?I know feels impossible.  You might be thinking, “My schedule is already packed full!  I have so many commitments I can’t have the downtime I want. I would have to say no to...

Leadership lessons from Horses

One of the things about being a leader for several years, is that I have started to see leadership lessons in everything. Books I read; Friends I have; T.V. and movies I watch. Music I listen to. Pets I take care of. Hobbies I participate in. I am always seeing...

Whisper of cultural change

Early in my career, during lunch, I walked past a couple of people and as I got closer I could hear a bit of their conversation.  One said “It’s all about”… and then their voice dropped to a whisper and their posture completely changed to...

You’re wrong if you think failing is bad.

There’s no doubt that failing can be hard. No one likes to fail. You all look forward to being successful. But failing is the key to our success. My favorite example to demonstrate what I mean is Babe Ruth. Most of us know Babe Ruth as the person who got the...

Is a negative emotion always bad?

The name “negative emotion” automatically implies that it’s bad. I completely understand why you would think a negative emotion is bad because it doesn’t feel good. We do not enjoy the experience. I don’t know any human that does. But...

Putting off decisions creates extra work.

Definition of decision a: the act or process of decidingb: a determination arrived at after consideration: CONCLUSION As part of the definition, you can see that making decisions is an act or process. That means it is an action. And actions take our energy.  And,...

You can be a great team player

I love to people-watch. Sometimes I worry that this makes me a little weird, but I’ve come to terms with that. If I’m in a crowd, I’m often observing the people and how they are interacting with each other. I think a lot can be learned through...

It’s Okay To Celebrate Your Accomplishments

“I’m not comfortable talking about my accomplishments.” I hear this from people when we are talking about their resumes.  When we are planning for an interview and when we are talking about preparing for performance reviews. So many of us have...

So. How do you feel about work?

Good morning on this beautiful Monday!  How’s work? I’m willing to bet when someone asks you this, many of you respond with one of these answers.  “I don’t know,” “It’s been busy”  “There’s a lot going...

The celebration continues: Most Popular Articles

Do you want help with your career next step? Click Here To Talk To Me. I’m sharing my most popular articles this week to continue my celebration of writing content for two years. If you are new to my community, this is an easy way to find articles that can help...

Happy Anniversary Year Two

This week I will share a video message with all of you. And I have a call to action: If you know anyone who would enjoy what I am sharing, please send them to https://inspiredleader.me/blogs/ and encourage them to subscribe.

Not as much has changed as you think

I often come across claims that “everything has changed” when it comes to looking for a new job. Those claims suggest that not knowing the secrets behind what has changed might be holding you back in your job search. The reality is that there is a lot...

Service and Sacrifice

On Memorial day, I write about service,  sacrifice and gratitude. I respect those who live in service to others.  I appreciate all who have sacrificed for their community and country. No one who joins the U.S. forces does so selfishly.  Their action has...

When you are overwhelmed

When you are overwhelmed at work, it creates a lot of different negative things for you. Overwhelming is very common. I recently heard Overwhelm described as “another word for the freeze response.” I love that explanation. Often when we feel overwhelmed,...

Are You Risking Poor Work Performance?

When you have a lot of commitments at work, it can be very difficult to keep track of them all and even more difficult to trust that your work performance is meeting or exceeding expectations.  So many people I talk to on a daily basis complain that their work goals...

Is Your Career Full Of Relentless Obligation?

Most people who come to me for career help are corporate women professionals with over 10 years of experience. Every day she describes her job as out of control, busy, insane, overwhelming, frustrating, infuriating, and not worth it anymore. She knows she needs a...

Why people don’t do what you want. It’s not laziness.

There are two reasons why people don’t do what you want them to do. You haven’t asked them.OR They don’t want to. It’s as simple as that. It’s true.  We often accomplish our goals through the performance and effort of others.  This means that...

Time Estimation, Break Free from Overwork!

Let’s continue exploring overworking:  Over the last several weeks, I’ve talked bout the habit of overworking, talked about email, the action of overwhelming,  and wastefully lamenting being busy. This week I want to discuss how poor estimating can result in...

Stop wasting time talking about being “busy.”

How much time do you spend each day thinking about, worrying about, talking about, or planning for being busy, overworked, and not having enough time? I suspect it’s more than you think. It can actually cause us to lose up to 2 hours of time each day.  How?...

You say you don’t, but you want to overwork.

Overworking is reacting to an urge. Most of us who are overworking are doing so because we have established a habit of rewarding the urge to work.  Our habit of overworking is self-created by both classical conditioning, and operant conditioning:  Both are...

Are you overworking because of email?

I have a love hate relationship with email. Email is easy to send and doesn’t require you to find a common time to talk to someone.  It is an easy way to ask for something “without bothering people”.  They can respond at their own...

Is Overworking Your Employer’s Fault?

Over the next few weeks, I will focus on the problem of overworking.  There is much to unpack for this problem. I’ll share it a little at a time over the next few weeks. I like to start with a definition. Definition of overwork 1: to cause to work too hard, too long,...

When you cut yourself down it isn’t humble. It’s negative.

When you say something about yourself, people will instantly believe you.   The stories we tell about ourselves profoundly impact how others see us.  Remember the last time someone asked how your day has been going:  What words came out of your mouth next? What about...

Are you working, overworking, or overwhelming?

Today I’m going to dive into overwhelm with you.  We will explore the difference between working, overworking, and overwhelming.  Most of us think that overwhelm is the same thing as overwork.  It’s not. Overworking and overwhelming are different....

A Coach Might Make You Mad

Is there a difference between a friend, manager, mentor, parent, and coach?  All of them have enormous value in your life, and all of them are necessary for you.  Let’s look at why. Friends Friends are your community and are very important.  They’re lovely...

Don’t Be a Traffic Jam

You’ve had a productive day, and it is quitting time. You need to be home by 6:00 so you can cook, eat, and get the kids to their school event that starts at 7 PM.  You decide to leave at 5:30 to achieve that goal. It is 5:30.  You hop in your car and head off...

Emotion at work

I have always disagreed when people say, “There’s no room for emotion at work.” Emotion makes us human. Everything a human does is because of how we think it will make us feel. We feel joy and sadness; driven and frustrated; motivated and depleted; energized and...

What do you believe about yourself?

Today I want to talk to you about beliefs.  As a basic definition, a belief is a thought we keep on thinking. It is something that we’ve thought about so many times that it feels like a fact. Beliefs are taught to us and reinforced over time from our...

I love time management (and I’m not even that good at it)

So many of us think time management creates rigid constraints and that if we manage our time, we must stop being spontaneous and creative. But I think the opposite. Time management is self-love. It lets us honor ourselves and gives us freedom. It opens us up to be...

Birthdays, New Years, and Mondays

What do a Birthday, A New Years’ celebration, and a Monday have in common?  For me, they’ve all happened within the last seven days. For all of us, they are an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and decide what we will accomplish next.   I use...

The annual reset

I love a good solid routine and a well-thought-out plan for getting things done.  BUT This week throw all that away!  From December 25th through January 2nd I do as little planning as possible… Every year. Yes, I do attend pre-planned family events...

How is your work ethic?

I thought I had a great work ethic.  I worked hard.  I ended every day exhausted. I felt stressed about work and had a hard time unplugging from my day.  I wouldn’t stop until either the work was done or I would collapse. I thought, “I have to do more, but...

The Great Calming

At the end of the year, we are often under a lot of pressure. There are work pressures to finalize key projects, close budgets, and set goals for the upcoming year. There are home pressures to be prepared for the upcoming holidays, schedule time with families, and...

Those Pesky Adjectives

Do you spend a lot of time problem-solving? You tackle the things that are difficult, chaotic, not enough, too complex, crazy, busy, frustrating, and stuck. You are good at problem-solving. You break a problem down into more manageable parts. You look for the...