I made a humbling discovery recently. For a blog series I'm writing, I researched the psychology of conflict and turned up four basic types of internal conflict. The labels in psychology for these four tensions are not understandable by most of us, but here's my translation: choosing between two positive outcomes, choosing the lessor of … Continue Reading ››
I have something to confess. I like to think of myself as a rational human being when it comes to my online activities, and for the most part, I am. I can stare down any attempt to glean my email address, get me to create an account, or sell me a must-have product. But there's … Continue Reading ››
On a good day, I check off all the items on my schedule. But then there are those other days. This is what comes from trying to lasso time and break it to my will.
I'm sure you can imagine the outcome of that.
A family member who works from home recently explained how doing a puzzle … Continue Reading ››
February 12, 2016
I'm of the theory that if you throw enough work at a large project, eventually you'll pare it down to size. I've been doing that with my workload, but I don't want to keep this up forever. In a job I once held, I worked a lot of overtime while constantly hoping to … Continue Reading ››
February 5, 2016
Have you ever had one of those weeks where, no matter how hard you try to stay on task, unexpected happenings boot you out of your normal routine?
That's the kind of week I've had.
Never complain, never explain is a good motto to adopt, so that's all I'm going to say about that except … Continue Reading ››
January 29, 2016
Here we are at the end of the month already. Have you accomplished what you set out to do in January? Although I gave a valiant effort to keeping up with my schedule this month, coming down sick meant I just couldn't.
Now that my health is on the upswing, I'm able to put … Continue Reading ››
January 22, 2016
Last week I speculated on this very page, oh so rashly. I'd fallen behind when a cold sidelined me but thought I might still manage to spend the usual fifty hours on writing or writing-related activities. Was I able to run those writing marathons?
No and no again.
What did I do instead? Moaned a … Continue Reading ››
January 15, 2016
Life has a way of happening in a way that is not according to plan. I believe in scheduling my time, but that's all right with me. Who wants a life you can map out to the last moment, anyway? That would mean no surprises.
This week my husband's birthday required homemade cheesecake, a … Continue Reading ››
January 8, 2016
The turn of the year gave me a renewed focus on productivity. A new contract
for a series of western historical novels with deadlines eight months apart, plus the planned addition of independently published books and the Literary Wayfarer podcast
to my repertoire, means I need to manage my … Continue Reading ››