Quiet Quitting since 1990

Every time someone starts talking about “quiet quitting,” I internally snicker. Like, have we just now noticed that most people show up for work and don’t actually do much? Is this a new trend? A Gen Z phenomenon? Uh, no. Look, I am arguably very productive at work. I’m a good employee—the one you can…

Taking a personal retreat day

The past few Decembers, I have gone through a process designed by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits called “Sacred Bow.” This is a month-long process of reviewing the past year, reflecting on learnings, and deciding what intentions to bring into the new year. This reflective process has been incredibly useful for helping me get focused…

Do productivity apps make you more productive?

We all want to Get Things Done (TM), but do we have the right tools? I am one of those people who easily falls down a rabbit hole of new apps when trying to bolster my ineffectual productivity system. And I’ve done it again. Last night, after a couple of months of firmly re-committing to…

I am not Martha Stewart (and that’s OK)

I had a bit of an a-ha moment out for a walk the other day. I was thinking about how I have a sort of mild obsession with productivity systems, as well as a nagging sense of productivity guilt that has plagued me since childhood. What exactly am I not getting done, I wondered, that…

Can you be a productive creative?

I have a complicated relationship with “productivity.” I learned as a kid that I am not very good at productivity in the traditional sense. I struggled to keep up with homework. I procrastinated and ignored household chores. Even as a surly teen, I thought there must be something wrong with me. I tried to implement…

Write it down: How I am building a second brain

I’ve been reading Tiago Forte’s Building a Second Brain and I’ve realized that this has been one of my primary projects for years now. Whether it’s a new productivity tool, a summary of a conference presentation, or a system for effective meeting notes, my second brain has been under construction for at least a couple…

Weekly check-in 8/29/22

It’s almost September! I will be in Idaho next weekend visiting family, so I will miss my check-in next week. Here’s my September plan and bird… LAST WEEK Get to an ending for the memoir (if not fully fleshed out) 💚 Beautiful mornings 7/7 💚 Focus session (15 min) 5/5 💚 Bedtime ritual 7/7 💚…

Weekly update: 8/8/22

Each week, I update my accountability group in the Fearless Living Academy with my intentions for the week, as well as an overview of how the past week went. I am going to start sharing here for even more public accountability! Key: ❤️ Not done/ needs love 💛 Partly done 💚 100% completed 💙 Did…

Weekly check-in: August 1, 2022

Each week, I update my accountability group in the Fearless Living Academy with my intentions for the week, as well as an overview of how the past week went. I am going to start sharing here for even more public accountability! Key: ❤️ Not done/ needs love 💛 Partly done 💚 100% completed 💙 Did…

Productivity: Why is this so hard?

There’s no way to control this to-do list. It has a mind of its own. Sometimes it races to add to itself and flow off the edge of my dot-grid journal. It won’t be contained by Todoist or Things. It is full of never-do tasks that I look at and decide “not right now, no…