Handling Large Projects Remotely

I was asked to join a last-minute document push last week, and it was an interesting, in-the-moment case study of how to get a lot of work done by a lot of people in a remote-operation. Not everything went smoothly, but enough things did go right to ensure that the documents were delivered on time. Continue reading

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Getting Clients to Pay

Today’s post deals with one of the less-enjoyable aspects of contracting life: getting customers to pay you if they’re late. I’ll share some of the approaches I’ve used and the avenues others try when there’s money involved. It can be tough out there. Continue reading

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Planning in a Planning-Unfriendly Environment

I’m a planner. Whether I’m organizing vacations, work tasks, or long-term goals, I enjoy the process of imagining the future and identifying next steps to get there. The COVID-19 pandemic and the collective responses to it–public and private–have made long-term planning difficult, to put it mildly. Today I’ll discuss approaches to planning in a more-uncertain-than-usual business and personal environment. Continue reading

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Overcoming Writer’s Block, Revisited

Apparently I touch on this topic every four years or so (2012, 2016). And since I’m revisiting older posts anyway, I might as well take another look at those moments where the words just aren’t coming. There are ways to get out of your self-imposed literary prison. Continue reading

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Gratitude in Times of Trouble

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States as well as a federal holiday, so rather than talk about work too much, I’ll share a couple thoughts about thankfulness and gratitude in a difficult time. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short. I know my fellow Americans have food to eat and football to watch. Continue reading

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