work-life balance

November 2020

Got To Be Real

“What you find-ah What you feel now What you know-ah To be real” The opening lyrics to Cheryl Lynn’s 1978 hit song “Got To Be Real” reflects the understanding, acceptance and compassion I see being shared between workers and enterprises as, in many cases, business is now conducted remotely during the pandemic. And, if recent real-life examples are any indication, the new virtual world is working for most of us, even when the occasional mishap...

Got To Be Real

So, who’s working today? No, really. What adult among us is able to dive into deep work for hours on end? If you are, I have a favor to ask: Can you help me come up with appropriate holiday greeting card copy? I’ve been tasked by a client in the healthcare space to come up with the words to accompany the annual holiday cards its sales teams send to hospital clients. This is among the...

Getting Through Today … and Tomorrow

I’m reluctant to start this blog without acknowledging the dire straits the world’s societies, economies and environments are in, but that’s the overarching reality to our daily lives. In these emotionally challenging times, there are no sweeping wins to laud, little sense of true contentment, no knowledge that fairness is at play … humming along as it could and should. It’s more a time to learn to revel in the small successes—both global and in...

Celebrate Those Tiny Islands of Success

Some of us are nearly a month into sheltering in place, which means we’ve also adjusted to working from home (if we are fortunate enough to still have jobs). Twirling Tiger Media has always been a virtual company, but the mandated self-quarantines to better manage the COVID-19 outbreak means even we “home pros” must do things differently. For me, our dining room now serves as my husband’s temporary operations center, which means for 8 to...

How’s Working from Home Working Out for You?

Emergency plans are in full swing as our nation and those around the globe mobilize to fight the spread of COVID-19. It’s encouraging to see our country’s mayors and governors, coupled with our brilliant scientific community, leading the charge in facing this public health crisis. On the business front, many leaders are calling for the federal government to alleviate the pain small businesses and their employees are facing.  Thrust to the forefront is the importance...

Practicing Social Isolation and Social Solidarity

What keeps you awake at night? Is it worries about money, work, the economy, personal safety, terrorism or the current political climate? Yes … it’s all that, according to two Stress in America polls conducted by the American Psychological Association in 2016 and 2017. Another contributor to your stress: social, broadcast and print media presenting news (real or fake), especially the messaging that uses negative rhetoric intended to make you hopping mad … and keep you engaged. Inflammatory content  In a...

Time to Find the Bright Side of Daily News

He can’t pass a flower garden without frantically ripping out a few trophies. And a sun-baked worm is a delicacy that’s never left behind. No, I tell myself … I’m not extracting that yucky prize from this puppy’s tangle of razor-sharp teeth. I surrender to the fact that it’s protein. In early spring, three years had passed since our previous dog’s death. At 15 years old, Twister was entrenched in our home and hearts. I...

Managing Disruptions That Affect Your Productivity

The warning signs usually start with missed deadlines and neglected emails or ignored phone calls or texts. The mail stacks up. Vacation days go unused. Plans with friends get canceled. If it seems there’s no longer enough time to do what you love most, here are some ways you can reclaim it and stop living in a state of perpetual overwhelm. Clear out your space Sometimes the best place to start is to clear out...

Making Room for What Really Matters to You

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