What’s up, Doc

I’ve been promising myself for days to update my blog. I’ve got great excuses for how long it’s taken me to get back to it. Extensive “Fall Cleaning,” preparation for my mother’s visit, entertaining my Mom for about two weeks, projects I took on for one of my brothers — yada, yada, yada. So, finally I’m taking charge and forcing myself to do what needs to be done: I’m not allowing myself to do anything else today until the blog is updated. I won’t even do my daily publishing of an article on the main portion of this site until the blog update is finished. Sometimes the “inner parent” has to grab the “inner child” and say “grow up and take care of your responsibilities!”

First, let me tell you about some articles of my own that I published over the last three weeks:

When You Should Have A Messy Desk. As a performance and productivity expert, I know the value of organization and systemization. I’ve written several articles on this site about how essential they are. But, really, some of folks seem to develop intricate systems for keeping an office so neat that it is sterile and looks as though no one actually would think of working there. Hey, desks were made as work surfaces, not all work is done on computers, and you actually need to see the stuff you’re working on. I don’t actually believe in messy, disorganized desks. I just have a rant going about them being workplace tools rather than surfaces upon which a surgeon could operate.

Patience, Work and Limits. Whether you work for someone else or work for yourself, you will be faced with interruptions, unpleasant tasks and others’ unrealistic expectations. Learning to cope with those events requires you to set limits or boundaries for yourself and others.

Slow and Steady Wins the Performance and Productivity Race. Timing and persistance, supported by organization and a systematic approach, get more done in the long run than intermittent “leaps and bounds.” The story of the tortoise and the hare has some real value for performance and productivity management.

Also, while I encourage you to browse the descriptions of all the most recent articles I’ve published, I’d like to call your attention to a couple of excellent guest articles:

30 Online and Offline Networking Resources. Facebook and Twitter may be the hottest social networking kids on the block, but many businesses both large and small don’t really find them appropriate for their networking efforts. This list by Stephanie Chandler doesn’t even give them a mention, but does give some excellent links.

Winning at Working: Career Stock Rising. Here’s a great viewpoint from Nan Russell on the value of seeing your time use in terms of return on investment. It works for both the employed and self-employed.