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Getting Things Done

One Hundred Years

This thing you’re struggling to do, what if you knew you had one hundred years to do it? I came across this idea in Zen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses, by Allan J. Hamilton, M.D. A rancher had a horse that got spooked by…
October 30, 2023
Getting Things Done

How’s Your Work-Life Balance?

I was surprised to discover (in my early 20s) that I didn’t like being in the Navy. I had looked forward to serving in the military for so long. What was going on?I knew it wasn’t my colleagues. I loved them. It was the culture: aggressive, black-and-white, fast-moving, demanding, pitiless.…
August 29, 2023
Getting Things DonePotpourri

Set Your New Year Intentions

Intentions are the cool older cousin of New Year’s Resolutions – the one you only see once a year because she lives at the beach in California with her free-spirited mom, but they always come home for the holidays. New Year’s Resolutions are about hard work, willpower, and fixing what’s…
December 22, 2022
Stop Suffering, Start Living

Dear Worth It

Dear Allison,I’m considering Be the Heroine, but I have a few concerns. What if I can’t make all the meetings? My schedule is already full, and I’m not sure I can add another thing to it. Also, I’ve invested in other programs before and didn’t get the results I wanted.…
December 1, 2022
Getting Things Done

Do What’s Important

Are you busy all the time but still feel unproductive? I recently wrote about overcoming overwhelm using my teacher Martha Beck’s 3B’s: take each item on your to-do list and bag it (decide not to do it), barter it (have someone else do it for you while you do something…
October 6, 2020
Getting Things Done

Overcome Overwhelm for Good

A lot of the coaching I do is about coaxing insight: the client is stuck and doesn’t know what to do. In that case, it’s useful to identify the thinking that is limiting them. A limiting thought is like a box. When you identify the limiting thought, you point out…
September 19, 2020