It’s the Little Things…Verbalizing Jealousy

Small tip: don’t tell someone you’re jealous of them. That is, unless you don’t like them and want them to feel really awkward. It’s pretty high on the awkward meter of things to respond to. Think about it – what are you supposed to say to someone when they say, “I’m jealous of your [insert jealousy-inducing characteristic/object/activity here]”? This topic has been on my mind recently because a few people have said they were jealous of me recently for a few things I do or have done, particularly that I make time to go for a short walk in the afternoon and that I recently passed a big licensing test. So, what do I think you should do if someone says they are jealous of you? And, what should you do if you want to say you are jealous of someone else?  Continue reading

Adventures in…Getting Through the Afternoon Slump During a Meeting

If you attend meetings at work, chances are you’ve had trouble staying awake in at least one of those meetings. It’s not ideal, but I don’t know a single professional who hasn’t struggled with this at some point in their career. The good news is that I’ve noticed that it gets easier the more you progress in your career. Regardless, you may be invited to meetings relatively in your career and, due to a bad combination of events, you struggle to stay awake. Most of the time, the culprits are a big lunch, bad sleep the night(s) before, a dark room, a warm room, a boring speaker, tangents that don’t involve you. Picture it…you’ve just had lunch and have to attend a meeting. You’re full, maybe the room is dark, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep the night before, and you don’t have a major role. You aren’t the organizer or a main speaker, and it becomes hard to pay attention. Those early and mid-afternoon meetings can be so hard because you’re so tired.

I’ve talked before about how everything is a skill and this is no different. It is definitely a skill to stay awake during the afternoon slump. There are a variety of little ways I’ve tried getting through the afternoon slump during a meeting. Some of them have defintely worked better than others and none of them work every time. That’s why I keep trying new ways and combining them to see what works. Continue reading

You Probably Haven’t Tried Everything

“But I’ve tried everything! And I can’t do it!”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely thought this a time or two. Whether it’s trying to find time to exercise, time to read, clean better, make the dog listen, be more productive/focused at work, or stay in touch with family and friends, I have to be completely honest with myself that I probably haven’t tried everything. Chances are, there’s still something else I could try. I just haven’t done it yet. Continue reading

It’s the Little Things…One Step At A Time

We all have big projects that seem insurmountable and just so big that they get postponed indefinitely. I have them, you have them, we all have them. Sometimes, I have my s*** together and I tackle a project right away, get it done, and cross it off my to-do list. Other times, that project will languish for days, weeks, or even months. When this happens, the project hangs over my head like a dark cloud, sucking my energy.

So how do I eventually finish the project? Heck, how do I even start the project? Continue reading

List of Skills

In my first post, I talked about how everything is a skill and provided a few examples of skills you might have already known and maybe some you didn’t know. After thinking about the topic for a while, I have compiled a short list of possible skills you can learn, either in a classroom, from an online course, from a book, from a friend, from an online video and/or from trial and error. The list is provided below, with a few links to resources on how to learn a few skills (please note that these are not affiliate links and I will not make any money from them – they are purely for your own edification): Continue reading