"The Dog" Journal

Welcome to the Dog Journal, a Sunday afternoon blog, where I'll share my best finds of the week for taming those puppies that gnaw at your planner.

Could be a quick time management tip, a smell-the-flowers moment, a comment overheard on the elevator. Whatever the inspiration, I hope you'll blog right along with me by commenting and sharing your tips and stories for taming an overbooked life.

Why Sunday afternoon? That's time I call "white space," a block of time I set aside for reflecting on the week before and planning the week ahead.

Social Networking and the Law of Distraction

January 11th, 2009


Life is weird. My last post was about the value of vision boards and the Law of Attraction. My last column was about how I was setting out to make 1,000 online friends via social networking to promote my upcoming book, The Dog Ate My Planner.

Suddenly, I’ve been sucked into the Law of Distraction. Oops. Hard to keep focus on my vision board when I’m adding contacts, answering or sending (or trying to) tweets, reading what someone’s posted on my Facebook wall.

Tuesday evening, I’m attending a seminar (online, of course) with Julie Morgenstern, who’s known for her time management/organizing books, including Never Check Email in the Morning.

Any questions you’d like me to ask her about how to keep focus with social networking in your life? Or have you already got your tweets under control?

Please share away!

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Vision Board 2009: Picture Abundance

January 4th, 2009

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time for the fun stuff: making a vision board for 2009. This is where I picture what I want to come into my life in the coming year. I just take a foam board, stacks of magazine pictures, push pins (till I’ve made up my mind which pictures to use) and finally, glue. As you probably know already or can learn about from the vision board resources on this site, the boards are based on the Law of Attraction. We bring into our lives what we picture having in them.

Usually deciding the theme for the year is the toughest, but this year I’ve already made up my mind: The Year of Abundance. With the nightly/daily/hourly news stirring up a scarcity mentality, I’m throwing the Abundance net out there and reeling positives into my life. This picture my husband shot of me at the beach in Carmel, California, is my Abundance symbol.

Whatever your theme, your dreams, your pictures, consider adding some small symbol of Abundance to your board. Together, we can shift the Universe in a more positive direction. One vision board at a time.

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Mom! The Dog Ate My Calculator

December 7th, 2008


Today’s opener comes courtesy of my granddog Brutus (an Ohio State fan, yes!), who always stops to smell the flowers and, well, pretty much everything else.

I got a call from my son yesterday with the typical December opener:  “Mom, if you know who drew my name for Christmas, tell them I need a new calculator.”  He paused.  “Brutus ate it.” This comes as no great surprise.  Brutus, a St. Bernard he and his wife are temporarily, TEMPORARILY raising, has munched his way through more than dog food.  (He is BEAUTIFUL, though. Does anybody want him??).  The surprise is that it was one of those foot-tall calculators made for seniors (and apparently dogs). 

I reminded him I had the very same calculator and would be happy to pass it along.  I prefer one with a tape – don’t trust myself to have entered the right numbers.  But I wonder if either of us should really be using a calculator right now.  With the current financial crisis, it’s better, I think, to turn off the TV, leave financial statements unopened,  and not stop to calculate our current percentage losses.  Fixating on negatives leads to more negatives, I think.  Do you agree?  Anyone else leaving their calculator in the drawer?? Is this a good path to stress relief?

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