Author: Ivana

How to Tackle an Impossibly Massive To-Do List

Construction is a great metaphor for life: things always take longer than you think, people you rely on can be irresponsible, sloppy or forgetful, and it is marvelously easy to get overwhelmed. In the past couple of months, while renovating a glorious little fixer-upper, my husband and I took turns getting anxiety attacks when weekends came and we confronted the… Read more →

Nonessentialism: The #1 Obstacle to Smart People’s Success

So, I have been reading this book called “Essentialism – A Disciplined Pursuit of Less”. While I am typically a hater of the nouveau-entrepreneurial pseudo-philosophical genre a la Malcolm Gladwell, I also know that I can use any help I can get with reigning in my dilettante mind. So, I ordered the book. Now, you are thinking that I will draw… Read more →

5 (Emotional) Reasons It’s Great to Change Careers Later in Life

This from the perspective of someone who has done it: changing careers later in life is a total pain in the neck. From immature bosses to having to agree with bad decisions by company management because “you don’t have experience in your field” to having people take credit to what were so clearly your achievements and ideas….oh WAIT! That happens… Read more →

The Power of (the Right Kind of) Praise

With perpetual blasting of the importance of individuation in our society, it is natural to start thinking that we are ever so self-sufficient, flowing freely in the waters of our self-esteem, and not in any way contingent on other people’s judgments and opinions. This is encouraged daily: even if you’ve never seen a therapist, any old magazine will have you… Read more →