decision-making

The Art of Decision-Making, or Why I Painted All of My Walls White

35,000 decisions per day. Let that sink in for a moment. On average, adults make 35,000 decisions per day. I’m getting a headache just thinking about it. Decisions like what to wear, what to eat, which way to drive to work. No matter how small or large, decisions take up bandwidth in our brains. And just like the internet when the bandwidth gets taken up by useless stuff, our decision-making can slow down our effectiveness at work, in relationships, basically in every facet of our lives. What to do about it (there’s another decision!)? I’ll play Marie Kondo of your…

IF YOU NEED TO GET SOMETHING DONE…

Give it to a busy person! That’s what my mother used to tell me as I was growing up, and again when I worked for her at the printing company she founded in 1977. It was 1982 and I was a freshman at Loyola College in Baltimore (now Loyola University, see, we all grow up sometimes!) and riding my bicycle the 6 miles down Charles Street to Curry Copy Center, serving as  part-time bookkeeper several days each week. Junior High and High School-aged Paula used to go to the copy shop on weekends to help collate and staple jobs, and…

bad days

EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS?

You know what I’m talking about, right? Everything seems to be going wrong. People say bad things happen in threes, but what happens when the bad things are actually DAYS and you have THREE IN A ROW?? Our lives are so full, so busy, overpacked with responsibilities. Work, family, friends, community. With our time so “spoken for,” how do we handle when things go wrong? Do we have any “fudge” time built in to deal with problems? Speaking personally, I’ll have to admit that I do not. And that in itself is a problem. When stressed and committed to the…