work-life balance

“No,” I said, followed by a litany of reasons about why not: “I’m on a deadline … just too busy … there’s a complicated photo shoot in San Diego today and I need to be on-call for the photographer, plus I just don’t feel like going for a walk now.” He pawed at my shoe, lifted his head slowly, and flashed his bulging Boston Terrier eyes. My dog clearly understands a commanding “no.” What he...

Overcoming the Discomfort of Delivering and Receiving a “No”

I could write a blog post about my usual topics intended to help you maintain a balance between your career and your personal life, or how to create compelling content marketing and use powerful imagery designed to influence your target audience. But, there is a global digital-culture phenom to acknowledge—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. I’m one of Zelensky’s 16.8M (and rising) followers on Instagram. I also consume any-platform news stories about Zelensky’s relentless defense of Ukraine’s independence...

Digital-Culture Phenom in Our Midst  —  Ukrainian President Zelensky

One of my favorite April activities is spring cleaning. It’s not that I enjoy sorting, donating or tossing and then cleaning down an area from ceiling to floor. I just love how I feel when the annual task is done, and I again enjoy my freshly scrubbed surroundings. With so many of us now permanently working from home or some hybrid, it’s easy for papers, boxes, files and dirt to pile up. Here are some...

Spring Cleaning: What to Purge and What to Keep

  An article in The Atlantic recently had people talking about a byproduct of working remotely: unreasonable accessibility. The author wanted workers to stop apologizing for not quickly responding to emails, texts or chats. Micromanagers and time-challenged coworkers need everyone to keep in touch while on the clock. That’s fair. But what is not is the quiet disdain for those who don’t respond to a request quickly enough. That was the point of The Atlantic...

Stop Apologizing for Having a Life Outside of Work

No doubt 2021 will be remembered for several phenomena beyond an inability to bring COVID-19 under global control. Ransomware gangs worked up the cyber food chain to disrupt critical infrastructure and spread their malware through the truly novel ransomware-as-a-service. The previous year’s persistent toilet paper shortages were a precursor to broader supply chain issues. And, a record number of employees said, “I quit.” By some estimates, one in four U.S. employees had voluntarily left their...

Before You Say ‘I Quit,’ Consider Doing These Things

I just learned the hard way that personal cybersecurity involves more than password management. Here’s my story in the hope you learn a lesson more easily. This weekend I went online to check on my favorite websites. Only I couldn’t get access to many of them—including the one for Twirling Tiger Media. No matter which browser I used, I kept getting told the sites were insecure. I contacted our web developer, and our SSL certification...

Personal Cybersecurity Involves More than Passwords

The other week I bought a new laptop to replace one I’d used regularly since our company was formed almost eight years ago. With all the problems the portable device provided in recent years, I was struck by how difficult it was to move on to a modern version. I used that old (by technology standards) MacBook Pro exclusively for the first three years of our company’s founding. It moved with me from dining room...

How to Break Up with Your Laptop (or Phone or Tablet)

In a gritty and intense survival show, ten participants attempt to endure 100 days in the Arctic in order to win a $1 million prize in season 7 of Alone: Million Dollar Challenge. (Yes … I missed seasons 1 through 6, but they are on my watchlist after this riveting season.) This gripping season of Alone was set along the shore of Great Slave Lake—the deepest lake in North America at 336 fathoms (2,014 ft.), located in Canada’s Northwest Territories,...

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