work-life balance

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

March 2019

Wordplay

We’re all about the words (and images) at Twirling Tiger Media … and work-life balance. Take a five-minute break during your workday and read my latest recommendations for what to listen to and watch for pleasure. I cover how we arrived at “OK,” fancy-schmancy words that are rip-roaring funny, and how to have artists and academics read a great American novel to you. LISTEN Beantown,* the origin of popular affirmation OMG, you’re not going to...

Wordplay

Most of us juggle multiple projects or manage many people in a day’s work. As a result, some projects fall by the wayside to make more room to complete others. Priorities may be based on deadlines or impact. Eventually, though, older must-do projects move back to the forefront. How, though, do you muster the enthusiasm, energy and effort to awaken dormant ideas and turn cold notes into hot copy or imagery? I should politely nod...

8 Tips to Warm Up a Cold Project

Recommendations for What to Read, Watch and Listen to My self-imposed, upcoming blackout from news, social media and work, otherwise known as a holiday break, promises to be filled with reading, watching and listening for pure pleasure … along with plenty of time to recharge and enjoy family and friends. Here’s a few of my recommendations for any winter season downtime. [Read] NPR’s Book Concierge at Your Service Wonder no more about what to read...

Recharge by Detaching, Resting and Relaxing

I am the daughter of a WWII Army Air Forces veteran … a once eighteen-year-old, Thomas John Joyce, who shipped out of Boston with an Infantry Regiment to fight an enemy in Italy. My father possessed many wonderful attributes—loyal to family and friends, highly skilled crafter (he could design, build, wire, plumb and decorate structures without instruction), artistic, ardent sailor and swimmer, impeccably stylish, honest, kind, always willing to help others, and I rarely heard...

Stuff We Collect and Then Let Go Of

Tomorrow we celebrate our nation’s independence from the British in the 1700s. What better time then to discuss how you can become more independent too. In this case, we’re talking about becoming an independent contractor as either a side gig or to replace a job that no longer works for you. Twirling Tiger Media works with a range of independent contractors, many of whom have been with us since our start. I’ve also been a...

A Guide to Being a Great Independent Contractor

It’s May Day, where nations celebrate both spring and International Workers Day. The latter is often associated with socialist nations, but its birthplace is the United States in the 1880s, with Chicago at its epicenter. It is easy to forget the conditions our ancestors were forced to endure in order to earn a living. Minimum 12-hour workdays. No meal or bio breaks. No weekends off or shortened, if any, vacations. Wait! We’re talking about times...

Are We Working Too Hard at Working?

April 2018

Give It A Rest

Here’s three simple ways you can balance out the demands of your day—on and off the job. READ A 15-minute break each day may alter how your genes operate  In an attempt to convince skeptics of the power of meditation to promote health and reverse disease, a new study by Harvard scientists reveals that people who meditated over an eight-week period had a striking change in the expression of 172 genes that regulate inflammation, circadian rhythms...

Give It A Rest

READ Stinkbugs Made Memorable Pulitzer Prize-winning staff writer at The New Yorker, Kathryn Schulz, guides you with ease through her almost 7,000-word article on our country’s recent infiltration of the brown marmorated stinkbug. What first attracted me to this article was my own battle last year with these slow-moving and smelly intruders. What engaged me was how Schulz peppered her article with content that relies less on facts and figures, but more on the “sticky”...

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