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Thoughts from the Seton Cove

I Am with You
Patricia Speier - 04/01/2017
. . . for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me." -Matthew 25:35-36 More...

Part 3: Does Your Work Feel Sacred?: If not, here's what to do about it...
Daniel Hope - 02/17/2017
So far in this series, I have written about disruption and the effect it can have on our productivity and sense of accomplishment, and I've shared some examples of the mistakes I have made personally. I also gave you a list of what not to do when you feel overwhelmed in your work. Today I'm going to share with you what you can do right now to feel more productive and less exhausted and overwhelmed. More...

Part 2: Does Your Work Feel Sacred? If not, here is what not to do ...
Daniel Hope - 02/15/2017
In our first installment, I wrote about the negative effects disruption and multi-tasking can have on our work, productivity and even our self-worth. Today I am going to share what not to do when you start to feel like your attention is scattered and your heart is no longer in your work. The example I used was from when I was working on a prized Excel spreadsheet and felt suddenly compelled to answer a brief text message. This quick aside had an outsized negative impact on my productivity in this project, taking me far longer to get back on track than I thought it should. Before learning about the concept of attention residue I looked at my inability to bounce back and forth between different tasks as a deficiency in myself. More...

Part 1: Does Your Work Feel Sacred? If not, this might be the reason
Daniel Hope - 02/13/2017
Have you ever found yourself completely "in the zone" when working on a project? That blissful state where time seems to stand still and all other worries are temporarily forgotten. This is the state of mind the Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi famously coined as Flow, which he defines as a complete absorption in what one does. . . So there you are working away in an elevated state of concentration and absorption in your work when you are abruptly interrupted and all of your productivity grinds to a halt. More...

Take Your Time
Patricia Speier - 01/01/2016
an original poem by Patty Speier More...

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