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Check out WideOpenDay.com (this blog has moved!)

Posted by Heather Kelly on

Hello, wonderful people. This blog has evolved into its next stage! You can now find these articles, new stories, and podcast interviews with a range of people talking about what it means to them to make the most of their day and how they do it -  all at WideOpenDay.com.

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Want to Work More Restfully? Try these Techniques

Posted by Heather Kelly on

Stop right now, where you are, and give yourself a checkup. As you read these lines, are you scowling? Do you feel a strain between the eyes? Are you sitting relaxed in your chair? Or are you hunching up your shoulders? Are the muscles of your face tense? So go the questions in “What Makes You Tired – and What You Can Do About It,” a section in Dale Carnegie’s classic book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.   Recently I have been thinking about how to work more restfully. So I found and pulled out the book a few...

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Ready to commit to goals - in ink?

Posted by Heather Kelly on

  We talk about our goals for life improvements and career accomplishments. We list them. We think about various ways of how to accomplish them. But, strangely, we still sometimes feel a bit intimidated by goal planner journals.  I love the idea of goals-focused journals. I love looking at them, thinking about them, and the questions they pose. I have all sorts of other notebooks full of goals, tasks, vision, values, and lists and lists and even a list of lists. (True.) But really delving in to a goals journal - doing it, using it, filling in the lines in ink — well, I admit...

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New Year, New Habits

Posted by Heather Kelly on

  This morning I was meeting a friend to discuss our businesses over breakfast. As I was waiting for a table, the person ahead of me turned to me and said, “I think you dropped something.” I looked down and there was a folded sticky note on the ground. It wasn’t mine – I hadn’t dropped it – but I was curious. So I picked it up, opened, and read it. Here’s what it says in broad handwriting scrawl: “start returning books + start creating a reveling list.”   I laughed. This is clearly someone who is trying to form new habits. ...

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Nothing Missed, No Task Left Undone

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  “I need to get a system in place in the next couple of weeks to make sure nothing is missed.” This was a side comment in an email I received last week. It came from a woman who is coordinating a conference, managing an exhibition, and teaching regularly, among all of the other things in her life.  The fear of missing something. Dropping the ball. We worry that something will fall apart, or we will let someone down, seem incompetent, screw up. That we will be embarrassed. Or maybe even fired. I know this feeling so well I’ve written poems about it, laughed about it...

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