Why Chores Are So Hard

Liz Sumner Procrastination, Productivity 3 Comments

This week I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by Amanda Mull, staff writer for The Atlantic, a publication I greatly admire. She was writing a piece on procrastination, a subject on which I have lifelong expertise. Not all of my nuggets of wisdom made it into the finished article so I thought I’d share them here. Amanda posed the …

How To Get Going Again

Liz Sumner Motivation, Productivity, Resistance Leave a Comment

I’ve been talking recently about vicious self-talk and beating yourself up over not getting further on your goals. It doesn’t help when every time you think about your project you get caught in a loop of regret and castigation. I don’t know about you, but guilt does not motivate me. Instead it just makes me dig in deeper and want to …

I ought to be able to do this myself

Liz Sumner Ease, Geek Tools, Motivation, Productivity Leave a Comment

Sometimes I get great satisfaction from figuring out how to do things myself. I once spent a ridiculous amount of time turning an old router into a wireless bridge to boost the signal upstairs. It worked! I also tried to teach myself programming so that I could build an app I had an idea for. (I’ve actually done this– unsuccessfully– …

Why You Don’t Have Enough Time and What You Can Do About It

Liz Sumner Motivation, Prioritize, Procrastination, Productivity, Stop Doing What You Hate, Time Management Leave a Comment

I recognize that look. You’re stressed. You’re exasperated. Nothing gets done. Nothing moves forward. The to do list is daunting. The accomplishment list is pitifully small. There’s simply not enough time. What if you’re wrong? Let me give it to you straight. You would have enough time if you were doing what you loved, loving what you do, and you …