Category Archives: Other Stuff

Find Your Focus with Printable Coloring Pages

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Are you looking for a way to relax and refocus?  To be more mindful?  To fan your creative spark?

Here’s a crazy idea… coloring.

Yep, like we did when we were kids.  It’s super easy and surprisingly satisfying.

Curious to try?

I’ve created a PDF of 3 coloring pages that I will be including in my new Productivity Journal.  I’d love for you to try them and let me know what you think.

Click here to download:  The Management Maven Coloring Pages

Happy coloring!

 

Five women I would invite to dinner.

5 women I'd invite to dinner

Vijay via Flickr

I’ve been thinking about my ideal dinner party since Kathleen Shannon put the idea in my head during the Being Boss podcast.  If I could pick any five people to invite over for an evening of food and conversation, who would they be?

Nellie Bly
Groundbreaking investigative journalism, a solo trip around the world and some industrial manufacturing…all while wearing a corset.

Virginia Woolf
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”  I’ve been fascinated by Virginia Woolf since first reading Orlando.

Peggy Olson
Yes, I know Peggy is not a real person but her character is such an interesting portrait of a woman moving through the corporate ranks in the 1960’s.  I’d pick Jane Maas if our lists are restricted to real people.

Dorothea Hurley
Who?  Exactly.  Dorothea has been married to Jon Bon Jovi for 25 years, a fact I only recently learned while answering the burning late-night question…”is that his real name?”  Rock star husband, 4 gorgeous kids…I’m dying to find out what her life is like.
(And it’s John Bongiovi, btw.)

Amy Poehler
She is just hilarious AND she founded Smart Girls at the Party.  “Change the World by Being Yourself“… so cool.

How about you?  Who would you invite to your imaginary dinner party?  Please share in the comments.

 

(Photo by Vijay via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

 

What are you listening to?

what are you listening to

Tom Godber via Flickr

I’m really into podcasts right now.  I listen while I’m alone cooking dinner or folding clothes (the pseudo-downtime of a Mom).  On days I don’t seem to have time to read, these help keep my brain happy:

The Fizzle Show
A “podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders”, this is basically three smart dudes shooting the shit for an hour.  It may not seem like it at first, but there is a lot of great business information packed into each episode.  This Q&A episode has good insights into making the most of your job early on.

Being Boss
This newish podcast from two Lady Bosses is also targeted at creative entrepreneurs.  I like the conversational style and insight into how these business owners get it all done.  This episode offers some nice perspective on being a working Mom.

Books on the Nightstand
This weekly podcast is a great source of print and audiobook recommendations, as well as “a behind-the-scenes look at the world of books, bookstores and publishing”.  I usually add at least one book to my reading list after each episode.  This episode is particularly interesting if you’re curious about a career in publishing.

The Portfolio Life
This is “the show that helps you pursue work that matters, make a difference with your art and discover your true voice.”  Primarily focused on writing, this podcast explores how we shift from having a single career to creating body of work.  This interview with Seth Godin is good.

How about you? What are you listening to these days?

 


P.S. Here are three Books on the Nightstand recommendations that I’ve read recently and thought were excellent:

     


P.P.S. Are we Twitter friends yet? Find me @TheMgmtMaven

 

This post contains affiliate links to Powell’s Books.

Photo by Tom Godber via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.

 

A Scandinavian Dream: Ideas For Staying Happy This Winter

Ideas for staying happy this winter

Mosier, OR

It has honestly been a winter wonderland around here this week, with bright sun, glittering snow and afternoons spent sledding on the driveway.  But I know the harsh reality of winter will eventually set in, with prolonged stretches of the cold, gray and gloomy.  The mood around here tends to drop with the temperature, so I’ve always wondered how the Nordic countries, with their ridiculously short days and icy temps, always seem to top the World Happiness Report.  So I turned to the Interwebs to figure out why.

Not surprisingly, things like a high GDP per capita, universal healthcare, generous parental leave and gender equality play a big role.  While it’s interesting to consider how these ideas might apply to organizational management, I was really looking for tangible things I could implement to boost my family’s happiness this winter.  Here’s what I found:

Maximize natural light.  Scandinavian interior design is known for its clean lines, white-washed woods and large, curtain-free windows.  The reason?  Light.  We’re generally more alert, productive and happy when our indoor time allows for ample natural light.

Get outside.  Scandinavians don’t let the cold trap them inside.  They just bundle up and get out there.  Kids are encouraged to play outside every day and even babies are left outside to nap in their prams at surprisingly low temperatures.  Biking to school or work is common in cities like Copenhagen and the vast majority of bikers continue to get out even during the winter’s coldest months.

Enjoy some carbs.  All that hiking, biking and playing in freezing temps will burn a lot of calories.  Which means you can compensate with lovely baked goods.

Volunteer your time.  It seems that Nordic folk volunteer quite a lot, which contributes to a sense of belonging and collective responsibility.  Feeling connected and purposeful leads to greater happiness.  And volunteering generally requires getting out of the house, which fights those cabin-fever induced doldrums.

Get cozy.  While getting out is important, staying in and cuddling by the fire has its benefits too.  The Danish have a term, “hygge“, that loosely translates to “coziness” but encompasses a broader sense of sanctuary, community and closeness.  It’s about creating time and space to enjoy the moment and spend quality time with family and friends.  Crackling fires, warm candlelight and comfortable spaces are key.

 

How about you?  What do you do to combat the winter blues?

 

Ideas I Liked This Week.

More Gourds

Columbia Gorge

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”  ~  F. Scott Fitzgerald


Being a stay-at-home parent is a luxury – for your spouse.

Parenting as a Gen Xer: We’re the first generation of parents in the age of iEverything.

Jogger pants can look professional.

This breakfast keeps me going for hours: Avocado and Egg Toast


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Leadership, Amazon and The Boss: 5 Things I Found Useful This Week

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1.  Megan Borrie’s thoughts on leadership…it’s a personal thing.

2.  Jeff Goins’ podcast on building discipline, mastery and how Amazon is leveling the playing field for independent authors.

3.  Looking for great, free images for your blog?  Check out Unsplash.

4.  Want to create your own awesome images with just your phone?  Check out 11 Tips To Better Phone Photos.

5.  I was 11 years old when Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA was released and I can still sing every word to every song.  I seriously wore that cassette tape out!  Hat tip to Sarah Von Bargen for sharing Dead Man’s Town, a 30th anniversary tribute, with indie artists covering all the songs on the original album.  So good!