You Have 25,000 Mornings As an Adult. Here’s How to Not Waste Them

A little Life Hacker and Dan Pink for ya…

You Have 25,000 Mornings As an Adult. Here’s How to Not Waste Them

Satisficing: How Overachievers Stay Sane and Avoid Burn-Out

Confession:  I am not, generally, fond of cutesy names…  On first look “satisficing” just seems like “spell-check nightmare” to me. 

But the concept is fantastic.  “Satisficing simply means to not obsess about trying to maximize every single task outcome and ROI.”

The lead-in reads: 

“One of the fastest paths to burnout is when brilliant people get so stuck on making everything they do AMAZING that all they have to show for their efforts is a string of sleepless nights, broken commitments, and work left undone. But life doesn’t have to be this way.”

 All of my Virgo-oriented, perfectionist friends and co-workers (you know who you are) should go read this over at 99u.

Satisficing: How Overachievers Stay Sane and Avoid Burn-Out

Satisficing: How Overachievers Stay Sane and Avoid Burn-Out

ADD Management Guide

How To Start the New Year Right
Hi Carleen,
This is the last ADD Management Guide for 2011! When we return in 2012, it will be with a brand new website, and a totally revamped newsletter will soon follow. We’ve been working very hard to create the new site, which will be “Your Go-to Guide for Managing Adult ADHD.” I’ll be writing you when it launches on January 1, so keep a look out!

In the meantime, this is a great time to talk about the coming New Year, and how to start it out on the right foot.

2012 is just 5 days away. And before you jump into the new year with all sorts of thoughts about resolutions and changes you want to make, it’s important to first take time to reflect on the year that has passed.

As the New Year approaches, we often find ourselves thinking about all the things we didn’t accomplish the prior year, and we vow to accomplish them next year. Few of us take the time to reflect on the past year and look at our successes and the experiences that we have learned from.

So here’s a coaching exercise that will help you reflect on what’s really important to you, and create meaningful intentions for 2012. It is this kind of self-awareness that ultimately leads to action in the areas of your life that are most important to you.

To do this coaching exercise, set aside 15-30 minutes to think about, write about, or talk about your answers to the following questions:

Looking back on 2011…

1.    What were your successes?
2.    What did you do or accomplish that you haven’t given yourself credit for?
3.    What unrealistic expectations did you hold yourself to?
4.    What one thing would you do over, if given the opportunity?
5.    What lessons did you learn from that experience?

Looking forward in 2012…
1.    What one goal did you want to accomplish in 2011 that you weren’t able to?
2.    Why was this goal important to you?
3.    What got in your way of achieving this goal?
4.    What are you willing to do differently to accomplish this goal in the future?

Looking at yourself…
1.    Who are the people that you are most grateful for?
2.    Which of your strengths and skills are you most grateful for?
3.    What is your best quality?
4.    How will you use these strengths, skills, and qualities to help you move forward in the coming year?

Would you like to share what comes up for you in this coaching exercise?
If so, please feel free to post your thoughts and reflections on my blog!
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