“The reason you’re waking up
in the middle of the night
is the second glass of wine.”
-Nora Ephron, in the essay What I Wish I’d Known from the book I Feel Bad About My Neck.
There are lots of jokes about how seemingly-wholesome activities, like teaching and parenting, can drive people to drink. Bring on the memes. Bring on the teacher movie tropes where the just-damaged-enough-to-be-unconventional teacher shows up to work hung over or stashes a bottle of tequila in a desk drawer.
Organizational psychologist Adam Grant has a wonderful book called Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success.
This concept often makes some level of intuitive sense as soon as you hear it, but there’s more to the concept, and I highly recommend Grant’s 14-minute TED talk: Are you a giver or a taker?
Staring at an infinite to-do list can take a toll on your motivation. But I don’t have to tell you that. Here are a few sticking points that might be making your list unmanageable. Plus, how to get (closer to) a list of things that are actually doable—and then done.
Sometimes, you need to talk to someone now—or as close to now as possible. While I can’t always guarantee an immediate session, I try to accommodate these whenever I can. You can book as little as 15 minutes in advance, and the price is the same as a regular session. However, the bookings are by phone only and do require approval. If I can make it to a session at the time you have chosen, you’ll get an approval notification and I will call you at the scheduled time. If not, I’ll get in touch as soon as possible to see if we can schedule another time that works for both of us. If we can’t find a time to connect soon, your fee will be fully refunded.
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