70/20/10 and Now/Next/Later

I just read this great piece on Medium about managing your time and resources the way Google does: 70% on the now–the deadlines you can see right in front of you; 20% on the next–deadlines on the horizon and some planning for the next quarter; and 10% on the later–innovation…

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70/20/10 and Now/Next/Later

Smells like team spirit

I ran a marathon relay over the weekend! I was in a team of four, and the way it worked was: everyone had to run a lap, one at a time, in the same order until you were done. So, that’s 16 laps, four per person. No problem, right? It…

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Great minds think

  You know the saying, “Great minds think alike,” and the rebuttal, “great minds think for themselves.” I submit a new* one: Great minds think together. It’s about collaboration, not competition.   *Probably not new.

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Great minds think

The flip-side of the fantasy

In my last post, I wrote about being duped by a brand’s image and the fantasy I assigned to owning their products instead of the quality of the products themselves. And I asked myself if could recognize other times I’ve allowed myself to get tricked. But there’s a flip-side to…

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The flip-side of the fantasy

Not buying the fantasy

I recently broke up with one of my favorite stores. Or, at least I thought it was one of my favorite stores, but when I really reflected on it, I realized that actually, I’ve been disappointed with them for years. This store has beautiful merchandise (and is beautifully merchandised). Clothing…

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Not buying the fantasy

30th

I turned 30 yesterday! To celebrate, I… had a party (a couple weekends ago) — Wool E. Bull came! ate pie with some coworkers (pie > cake) skipped class and went out to dinner instead opened presents — more on a couple of these later, probably It was a great…

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30th

#likeaboss

I had a meeting today. It was an early meeting for a new project and while I wildly scribbled notes, I realized something wasn’t quite right. So, I spoke up about it. And I’m glad I did because it was well-received. But even if it wasn’t, I think I would…

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#likeaboss

Wrong side of the bed

I woke up in a horrible mood on Saturday. Usually, if I acknowledge that I’m in a bad mood, I can work through it and it eventually goes away. Not on Saturday. And I tried really hard to fill my day with wonderful things like a favorite TV show, a…

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Wrong side of the bed

Sorry about the jerks who came before me

Did you read Seth Godin’s blog today? It reminded me of something I’ve been noticing a lot lately: service professionals’ surprise when I’m nice to them. An example: My husband and I hosted Thanksgiving this past year. It was our first time making a feast of Thanksgiving proportions, so to…

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Sorry about the jerks who came before me

Nina B's School for People Who Don't Email Good

I just read Bustle’s How to Sound Smarter and More Professional in Emails: 9 Easy But Powerful Tips, and wanted to add some commentary. The 9 tips, plus some thoughts from me: Never say “just” –  This was an eye-opener for me because I use “just” all the time. “Hey…

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Nina B's School for People Who Don't Email Good