Time From Routines

Routines give us the gift of time.  We cannot make our days longer, but having routines can make them more productive.  Routines free up our mental space so that we do not have to spend as much time figuring out how to use the hours we have.  Less time wasted on unnecessary decisions empowers us…

Managing Our Attention

If we want to accomplish anything worthwhile, we have to start by managing our attention. It will not manage itself. Left to its own devices, our attention will drift, wander, and try to pull us away from that which matters most. It will do whatever it can to avoid that which is difficult for the…

Give To Get

There are no guarantees that we will get out of something what we put into it. We may get more or we may get less than we put in, but things are rarely, if ever, truly equal. This should not discourage us from trying, however. After all, one way to guarantee that we receive less…

Seeking Our Values

We must determine what is important to us and seek that out unwaveringly and unapologetically. Some of us value freedom. Others value money. Others still value possessions or power or family or security or any of a number of things, feelings, or experiences. Values are very personal and very difficult to change. They are also…

Trading Excitement For Creativity

In order to be creative in one aspect of our life, we may need to be boring in another. Creativity is not an infinitely flowing wellspring we can tap into any time we choose. It requires space. It requires dedication. And, it demands attentiveness. Being that we are limited in our capacities for each of…