I dunno. What do you wanna do?

Liz Sumner Decision-making, Progress 2 Comments

I was commiserating with a client recently about a tendency to wait around until others decide what to do before determining what it is that I want.  This default to passivity isn’t a kindness. While it may look like I’m being gracious and letting the other person get what he or she wants, it’s actually a shirking of responsibility and could …

Rethinking Just Do It

Liz Sumner Resistance Leave a Comment

I have long felt the urge to punch the copywriter who penned Just Do It because it sounds to me like an order– a condescending directive from someone who doesn’t appreciate how impossible the proposition is. I get that I’m reading too much into it. I probably spend more energy resisting effort than it takes to actually do something. Why …

Mission Accomplished

Liz Sumner Service, Tech 1 Comment

I’m trying to make sense of the strong emotions I feel about the Mars rovers. I don’t remember hearing that Spirit went offline in 2010, and I didn’t realize that Opportunity stopped communicating last June. Appropriately it came to rest in an area called Perseverance Valley. I do remember watching the coverage when Spirit landed in 2004. Can you imagine …

Batch Work and Experimentation

Liz Sumner Experiment, Productivity 1 Comment

A freelance writer emailed me yesterday. Here’s what she said and my response: I found you through an Inc. article you were quoted in and reached out because I’m hoping you’ll contribute to my next article. Here’s my topic: why you should try batch working, or why focusing on one thing for a sustained period of time is the best …