I started using Gretchen Rubin’s framework on the four tendencies a couple of months back, first with my team members. It has been transformative for my 1:1s, taking a lot of stress out of the interactions. Knowing what motivates them (and me) has brought clarity: clarity that I’ve channelled into more effective communication - and patience. This is how I apply it in my day-to-day (and why I tend to ask everyone around me to take the quiz).
Very often we get trapped between urgent tasks and looming dead lines, without being able to concentrate duly on one task only. And with so much stress, creativity and motivation are the first to die. However, there is a simple trick how you can get out of this daily rat race, by remembering Parkinson's Law, … Continue reading How to reduce stress in the long run
How come that the time flies by quicker and quicker? Perhaps because I am becoming busier and busier, and because I have cut TV from my daily routine to accomplish more things. So here goes the March recap, which included a gorgeous Wedding anniversary in Rome. Keep the desk tidy and to do lists up … Continue reading Monthly goals April
I am not particularly religious even though I have been raised by highly religious parents. However, this year I am doing my own version of "7 weeks without xxx" which many Christians do between carnival and Easter Sunday. Basically you pick one thing you think you can't live without and stop it during this time … Continue reading Going minimalist
February was truly a short month. But a very successful one as well. And if I had not been knocked out by a bad flue during this weekend I would have been able to accomplish it all... (or not). So let's do a recap and then go down to business Do steady exercise with the … Continue reading Monthly goals March
I finally migrated my Spanish wordpress page into a self-hosted blog and along the way I realized again that being able to ask for information and help is a virtue I should practice much more. I don't have problems in delegating work. Actually I am pretty good at delegating and keeping track on how things … Continue reading Prioritizing: asking for help
It's time again for the monthly goal meet-up. I guess I am still on time as February just started, but this time I think I didn't do as well as the month before. Strange how fast January flew by. Do more technique exercises with the cello (even though doing songs is more fun). Yes! I … Continue reading Monthly goals February