Sigh. It’s a weeknight. You’re tired. You’re hungry. You’re out of dinner ideas. Never fear! I have a quicky, easy weeknight meal for you to try. Today, I am going to introduce a meal that is versatile, quick, and easy to cook. The technique – “en papillote” – is one you can use over and over with a variety of ingredients. Continue reading Quick, easy weeknight meal: Baked Salmon en Papillote→
I’m going to share a secret about one of the most productive ways you can get the latest news and information: listen to audiocasts. Why? Because you can do other tasks while listening, you can access the content easily if you have a smartphone, and it prevents you from reading from a screen. Continue reading How to be Productive→
I am always amazed at the fun that can be had cooking a holiday meal with family. And, it is even more fun (and easier) if you prepare the night before. Here are six steps you can take the night before a holiday to make cooking the next day a breeze: Continue reading How to make holiday meals easier→
Apparently, many of us are not living to our fullest potential. Based on a Gallup poll analysis, people who don’t have the opportunity to spend time building their strengths at work are six times less likely to be engaged in their job. In fact, of the ten million surveyed in this poll, seven million did not fully operate in their strengths zone. 1
Have you ever joined on a team and thought: “Why am I doing all the work?” or, “Why am I here? There’s no room for me to contribute.”
Teams are tricky. It takes thoughtful planning and a deliberate approach to cultivate a valuable team product—whether that means working family to host a birthday party or producing an annual report with work colleagues. A team achieves its best when members follow a SMARTER goal.
Last year, we moved from Boston to Dallas. In my frenzied packing, I frustratingly noticed the many cleaning agents under the sink. We had a spray to “kill germs in the bathroom,” a separate spray for the shower “to prevent mildew,” cleaner to “cut kitchen grease,” another abrasive to scrub the shower, and even disinfectant spray for door knobs. I was overwhelmed by the variety (and specificity) of these cleaners. I knew that we couldn’t pack and move them. All I could think about was having to start over once we reached Dallas.
Four years ago, a good friend of mine proposed that we read The Artist’s Way at Work. She thought that the book might help with our productivity. So, we dedicated four weeks to reading the book and undertaking the practices it recommended. Let me tell you, this book has changed my creativity, my productivity, and my outlook! And, one practice introduced in the book has become my key to unlocking creative productivity.