Most people find little meaning in their work. In fact, a 2017 Gallup’s World Poll found 30% of US workers are engaged at their workplace. The numbers are even worse internationally. That’s a real problem. However, I believe there is a solution. Instead of understanding why people are so disengaged from their work, a better approach is to redefine work so they will become more engaged. I love to work. It’s
I am a huge advocate of personal growth. In fact, part of my ethos is to continuously improve. However, it occurs to me that without direction and purpose, learning and experiences are just passing joys, good stories, and worthwhile memories. Although there isn’t anything wrong with that per se, it doesn’t really invest in our life objectives. Personal endeavors and core values are important, but investing our free time properly is
There are so many things to do, and so little time to do them. Does that sound familiar? Sure, we’ve all been there. It’s reasonable and normal for this to happen occasionally. At least for us earthbound people, there are only 24 hours in a day. When everything begins to pile up, it stresses us out and causes anxiety. Unfortunately, it’s a real problem when it happens more days than not.
I was curating my Evernote notes to determine if there is anything that I could purge as digital clutter. I like doing this on occasion to delete anything I don’t need anymore and to re-discover notes of half researched ideas or other interesting tidbits. Coincidentally, I re-discovered a list of yearly goals that I put together on January 1, 2018. I do not believe in new year resolutions. They often fail
Saluton kaj Bonvenon! For those that do not know, that means Hi and Welcome in Esperanto. Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language. It was created by Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof in the late 19th century. I discovered it a couple of years ago, and after doing some research decided I wanted to speak it. The total number of speakers varies depending on the source. However, it’s estimated that there are less
One of the best things I’ve done for myself is build and refine my external brain. All too often in my personal and professional life have I seen people try to remember details and rely on their memory. However for most of us, we overestimate our capacity to memorize things. An external brain takes advantage of tools to help keep track of daily life and important details. By writing things down,
When it comes to things I do, I try to find the joy in the entire process. In my opinion, it’s a shame when someone just pushes through big projects while only focusing on the goal. It seems the excitement dies quickly once the main goal is achieved. I think it’s important to engage in long term endeavors where there isn’t an end, but a path of continuous improvement. Therefore, I set
Once again, it’s May in Maine. The snow is nowhere in sight, the days are getting longer, and the weather is warming. It’s a great feeling as green leaves and grass make their annual appearance. Consequently, this means the chore of mowing the lawn is part of my weekly ritual until late October. A grueling two and a half hour process of pushing the lawnmower around, while the afternoon sun beams
What is health? Is it well-defined muscles? An athlete? How about a vegetarian or vegan? The idea of healthy living goes beyond the notion of eating right and exercising regularly. It’s not only about the physical self, it also includes mental and spiritual well-being. Being healthy is a lot of work. It requires daily practice and mindful thinking. Additionally, achieving a healthy lifestyle means discovering what works best through trial and error.
A mission statement describes the purpose of an organization, and why it exists. More specifically, it answers three important questions. WHO the organization serves, WHAT kind of things it does, and HOW it does it. Every organization should have a mission statement. Not only to define itself, but serve as the basis for creating and managing an effective business plan. Additionally, it keeps the organization focused on its purpose and objectives. Once