I DON’T NEED NO DOCTOR

What’s that expression, “Doctor, heal thyself”? You ever walk outside of a hospital and see the medical staff standing in clusters surreptitiously smoking cigarettes, and think to yourself, “Are you kidding me?” Of any humans on the planet, these people should see the deleterious health effects of smoking, and yet, here they are, publicly demonstrating their contempt for the known consequences of this behavior. While I smugly think, “I would never engage in a behavior that I knew for a fact was unhealthy,” I’ve come uncomfortably close to the metaphorical meaning of this phrase recently at work. The desire to…

When You Only Have Time for a Quickie…

Ok, people, focus. You have limited time, and you need to get a project completed fast. Or you have to make a dinner reservation at a new place. Maybe you have to arrange for some service done on your home. Or you have to switch vendors at work. Time is a scarce resource. You don’t have the luxury of conducting multiple interviews, performing tons of research, and asking all of your friends. You’ve got 20 other tasks to accomplish, and all before your next coffee break. How can you decisively make your selection without blowing your time budget? First, spend…

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…