When I first started teaching time management, I was focused on helping people get things done. Over time, I became more keenly aware of the need to step back and focus on doing the right things. (To do less, even, in order to make meaningful progress on what matters most.) Today my focus is even […]
This letter is to all the clients and colleagues I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years — and also to those of you I’ve yet to meet. The last few years have brought some earth-shaking experiences for me. Some of this was quite difficult, some of it quite beautiful. But it has […]
My journal may have saved my life. As a 22-year-old in my first job after college, living in an unfamiliar city, I found myself feeling trapped in circumstances that seemed devoid of meaning and human connection. My future life looked bleak, and I began to think about ending my life.
“Am I OK?” Most of us are constantly asking ourselves that question in our lives. It might not always be conscious, but at some level we’re always holding up a yardstick to see if we measure up. I caught myself doing that just this morning. But this time, some wiser internal voice called bullshit on me.
As I write this, I’m sitting in the Cardiovascular Center of a large medical complex in northern New Jersey, waiting to see my mother, who has just survived open heart surgery. Two new valves – one cow, one pig – now reside in her heart, replacing the ones that were initially damaged during an episode […]