The Most Dangerous Word in Productivity

The days are getting shorter. “If I had six hours to cut down a tree, I’d spend the first four sharpening the axe.” AbrahamLincoln Exactly, Sir. You’d spend 67% of the allocated project time to Preparation. And yet, that’s exactly what most people DON’T do- they DON’T dedicate nearly any time to Preparation, certainly not 2/3 of the time. Joumor Principle: 5:1=> 5:3. In Joumor, we begin by dedicating 83% of our time planning- for every five minutes […]

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You Can’t Handle the Peace!

Five months ago I was doing gymnastics seven months pregnant, dancing five times a week, meeting my friends for dinner and parties in NYC, visiting my family in NJ, and temporarily concluding my international travels. #nycbusy was pretty much me. Things are pretty different now. Having an infant means that time is not exact, and it’s out of my control. (I don’t sleep or feed on a schedule). As someone who took lots of classes […]

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How to Access Your Success

The other day I went to the eye doctor and it came time for the dreaded puff of air right in my EYEBALL. I mean, I don’t know if you’re into that kind of thing, but I’ve been freaking out about it since my first pair of glasses when I was four years old…or whenever the puff begins. Point is, it’s freaky and I have years of conditioning of freak out. This year, an amazing […]

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Sins, a New Year, and a “New” You

Tashlich, an important part of yesterday’s Jewish new year, is one of my favorite traditions. The synagogues’s congregation gathers near a body of running water to “cast their sins” in the form of pocket lint or bread crumbs to symbolize releasing the old that does not serve us so we can focus on what does. We joked with the rabbi that my 9.5 week old son didn’t have any sins to cast (especially because he […]

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From Chaos to Clarity: A Hurricane of Productivity

A glass containing half its size in water can be perceived as “still a lot left,” “half empty,” or, as the joke about the engineer or project manager goes, twice as large as it needs to be. It’s all about perspective. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were devastating. I don’t want to minimize that. And rather than just look on the bright side, I got to wondering, just what did Mother Nature have in mind when […]

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Hurricane Harvey: The #1 Way to Save 180 Billion Dollars

Harvey, Irma, Jose, Mexico City, Nepal…as hurricanes and earthquakes continue to devastate, we would be remiss if we didn’t take at least one lesson and make some change. Joumor Principles (JP): Preparation Prevents Panicking Prepare for Famine During Feast Backup, Backup, Backup Eat Before You’re Hangry Do what you CAN It’s so easy (and fun) to be lulled into a sense of safety and security when things are going well. But when the winds hit […]

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