Archive for the ‘Recharging’ Category
My Spring Cleaning Style’s Similarities to a Forest Fire

My Spring Cleaning Style’s Similarities to a Forest Fire

I’m not exactly what you would call domestic. I went out of my way to earn enough money so that I could hire a cleaning service and avoid ever scrubbing down my bathroom again. But every year, often with some surprise, I feel the need to do a little spring cleaning. I’ve got a theory, which could be entirely bunk, but here it is: after spending winter...

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Going on Sabbatical: More than a Mental Health Break

Going on Sabbatical: More than a Mental Health Break

I believe firmly in the power of a sabbatical, but before I get into why, it’s worth establishing just what a sabbatical entails. I see the word ‘sabbatical’ used as one might use the word ‘vacation’ on a regular basis — it’s become something of a pet peeve of mine. But a sabbatical is not a vacation. Rather, a sabbatical...

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The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

On days when I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, there are cranky toddlers who are more reasonable to deal with. Those cranky toddlers probably feel better and may even get more done than I do on such days. Something as simple as going to bed an hour late can throw me off: I need my eight hours of sleep and that’s final. Sleep is a Matter...

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How to Start Your Day with a Healthy Bank Account Deposit

How to Start Your Day with a Healthy Bank Account Deposit

Before I get too far into this, I want to give you a frame of reference about the type of food that I grew up eating. For breakfast I had store bought cookies that were individually packaged and that I microwaved for extra texture. For lunch was a peanut butter sandwich on white bread with an apple and some store bought rice krispie squares. Dinner was some sort...

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My Back, A Giant Doctor’s Bill and Some Lost Productivity

My Back, A Giant Doctor’s Bill and Some Lost Productivity

Early this year, I did something to my back. I’m not entirely sure what the specific problem was — after three different diagnoses, the doctor told me it was ‘soft tissue damage.’ But I know what the real problem was. I work hard. I like what I do and it isn’t unheard of for me to sit at my computer for ten hours straight. That, combined...

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Why it Pays to be Idle

You want to get more done, be more productive, reach the goals you’ve set and make some real progress. So you push yourself to work some extra hours. You try out a bunch of new productivity systems, which promise to have you on top of things. You work in the evenings. At the weekends. During dinner. And you keep thinking if only I had a few extra hours…...

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