The Dog Ate My Homework and Other Lame Excuses


I never told a teacher that the dog ate my homework in grade school. It would not have worked for me because a.) I usually had my homework done and b.) we did not have a dog. But somewhere along the line, it must have been used by some enterprising student who felt safe because … Continue reading The Dog Ate My Homework and Other Lame Excuses

How Technology Increases Workplace Productivity


(Guest Post Courtesy of Innovative Technology Solutions) Having the right tools can make all the difference for a business’s success. Even if you have superior products or services, you may find yourself outpaced by competitors with a technological edge. Technology can help your business function more smoothly, connect with customers more successfully and react to … Continue reading How Technology Increases Workplace Productivity

Your Guide to Digital Declutter 


Spring is my favorite time to purge and clean, and I’ve been working on my physical spaces since the New Year. It’s easy to see where you could make a difference in your office or closet, because you see the overcrowding and hate struggling to find important items.  But your digital storage could probably benefit from a spring cleaning as well.

Exclamation Points and the Female Brain


The exclamation point may have originated from a Latin exclamation of joy (io). According to Wikipedia, the modern exclamation point was introduced in the Middle Ages when copyists wrote the Latin word io at the end of a sentence to indicate joy. (An end of the sentence “hurray.”) Grammar manuals describe its function as “indicating strong feelings or high … Continue reading Exclamation Points and the Female Brain

Let’s Eliminate Employee Probation


“Probation” has a couple of meanings, including one from our criminal justice system. Its technical definition is “the release of an offender from detention, subject to a period of good behavior under supervision.” We also use it for newly hired employees, making their first few months feel like a presumption of incompetence until proven otherwise.

I Woke Up This Way


If you feel a little groggy as you’re reading this, Dr. Michael Breus, who bills himself as “The Sleep Doctor,” feels your pain. His Los Angeles-based clinical psychology practice is dedicated to helping people understand their chronotypes and learn to manage them better. Your chronotype is your biological predisposition to be a morning person, an evening person, or somewhere in between.

Managing the Micro Manager (Part Two)


If you work for a micromanager, it’s easy to feel like giving up. After being second guessed, checked and re-checked, and getting blamed for project delays, you may want to throw in the towel. Your manager is so busy counting trees that he’s forgotten you’re even in a forest.