Success under stress

“Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.”

I’ve missed a few days o’blogging but I’m back and playing catch-up with the Blogging101 tips and tricks. Today’s prompt is pasted above. Here’s what I found on page 82….

“By freeing up time to develop more business, Dan generated enough revenue to hire another person to take on follow-up work.”

Having just wrapped up my work day, my nearest book is the career-focused “Success under Stress” by Sharon Melnick. While the advice is designed to help professionally, I can’t help but think it’ll help me personally as well. I am all about improving my time-management. Ironically enough, I just purchased “Time management for the creative person” by Lee Silber. Have I really had a chance to read either book yet? I’m working on that!

Sometimes…. OK, quite often, I find myself suffering from “analysis paralysis” – a cute rhyme I use to define my not-so-cute bad habit. With too much on my plate, I often find myself so overwhelmed I simply can do nothing but stare off into space and ignore the fact that I have to do X, Y and Z. It can get really bad at times, where I will totally shut down all aspects of my life. I think subconsciously I figure, well if I’m not going to do the really important things right now that I need to do, then I’m not going to allow myself to do anything worthwhile.

But always, I do eventually snap out of it and I attack my to-do list with a vengeance. Must I suffer through analysis paralysis before proactive Penny kicks in!? Hoping these books will help!

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Penny’s First Pondering

Hello and welcome to Penny’s Ponderings! How you came across this blog post is beyond me as it’s my first time blogging and I’m not entirely sure how this all works. But, alas, I will at least pretend I have an audience for the time being.

I’ve always enjoying writing and pondering the nuances of life. For the most part I’ll just open a new Word doc and start typing the thoughts bouncing around my head. So, this is a new – and more organized – approach to my free-flow writing. We shall see how it goes…

I am just about through this year’s holiday season and I must say I am ready for it to be over. The season started off strong where I felt like I was truly the most organized shopper among family and friends. For maybe the first time in my life, I was not running around like a crazy person come Christmas Eve. I was looking forward to heading home and spending a quality December 24th with my family. Well, little did I realize that I would be the sole person prepared for Christmas this year! Between my dad disappearing for the entire afternoon to ‘run a few errands’, my mom preparing about 18 different and complicated dishes for that night and the next day, and my brother celebrating Christmas Eve with his new wife and her family, I was left pretty much alone.

Christmas day didn’t fare any better, as both my immediate and extended family were flat-out exhausted from the chaos of the previous day… no surprise there! It seemed all anyone could manage to do was complain, nap or play on their phones. So glad we all traveled from all over the country to sit together in silence and tap, tap, tap on our phones!

Call me old-fashioned, but is it so much to ask that we live in the present for a few hours on one special day a year?