Want to increase your productivity? Learn to touch type

When I was a child, my mother worked as a word processor for a title insurance company. The first time I witnessed her typing up a record on the computer, I was amazed at how quickly her hands flew over the keys and how she could type without ever needing to look at the keyboard. […]

Healthy Productivity: Take a Quick “Green Break” to Refresh

Healthy Productivity: Take a Quick “Green Break” to Refresh

Green, especially in nature, is calming. All the early spring green which is emerging outside reminds me of one of my favorite ideas for regaining productivity during a busy day: “green breaks.”  Judith Kohlberg and Kathleen Nadeau describe them in their book ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life. Try this refreshing productivity technique when you’re […]

Zen & the Art of Life Management

Tea & the Art of Life Management from jesse jacobs on Vimeo. While long, this video is well worth the time. Listen to Tim Ferriss (author of The Four Hour Work Week and his Lifestyle Design Blog) and Leo Babauta (author of Zen to Done and the Zen Habits Blog) along with Susan O’Connell (San […]

The Sound of Distraction

My brother spent time in Tokyo and he told me the most surprising cultural difference in that city and Boston?  Noise.  Part of what we love about Bostonians is their exuberance.  Walk through the streets of Beantown and hear loud conversations, bursts of laughter, elaborate ringtones and bass beats pumping from cars passing by.  We […]

Just Start Somewhere

Years ago, I worked in a bookstore and the manager asked me to create a large display.  He said I could be as creative as I wanted to be, just make sure it reflected the season (which happened to be Spring).  At first, I was excited.  I consider myself to be fairly creative and was […]

Baby It’s Cold Outside…

The mornings are getting pretty nippy – and I’m doing my best to stay warm inside – deep down inside –starting my day with hot cereal.  We all know the benefits (physically and soulfully) of beginning the day with a steaming bowl of hot oatmeal, but who wants to face the nasty mess only oatmeal […]