Have you ever found a gem of information about living a better life – some bit of wisdom, a useful tip, or a strategy – that you want to implement immediately and practice until you get it right? You start out with the best of intentions, and then what happens?
Right: you get busy and forget about it. If you do happen to remember that you once read something on the subject, you can’t find it.
Me, too. Very annoying.
But I invented a solution: I write up a summary of the idea, give it a title and add it to my Gmail/Google.com calendar, configured to repeat once a year, forever. This is helpful in two ways:
- At least once annually, I’m reminded of this fabulous wisdom, tip or strategy – what I call a gem.
- If I’m not sure where I put it, I do a search within my calendar. Boom, there it is; the whole write-up, with links and references.
As I redesigned the website, I got the idea of sharing these gems, because each represents an idea for small changes that might improve your life. So, if you see an interesting topic below, click on it, and you’ll see my summary and any other helpful links and explanations that may be relevant. I’ll be adding to this list of references as I find interesting new gems (and as I find my way around copyrights on existing ones.) If you have any to share, please leave a comment toward the bottom of the page.
Learn to Negotiate in your everyday life. It’s actually quite simple! Women are constantly on the short end of the stick because they accept what they’re told. This costs money, time, and energy. Men avoid this expenditure by asking. You can improve your life by asking one small question every day. It’s so simple, yet we don’t do it. CLICK HERE to read my summary, and buy or borrow the book, Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want by Babcock and Laschever.
Marketing with Integrity (for writers and all business people): Most of us would rather have a root canal than market our work, but here’s a way to do it with integrity.
Women Can Eliminate Sexism. Okay, that’s sensationalizing it a bit. But now that I have your attention, let me tell you why we are our own worst enemies, and how much power we have to eliminate a great deal of gender bias in the workplace and in our American culture generally. CLICK HERE to read my summary, which is based on the excellent book, In the Company of Women: Indirect Aggression among Women – How We Hurt Each Other and How to Stop by Heim and Murphy.