Summer solstice celebration, from the movie Midsommar

You’re a busy working woman (or man). Up to your eyeballs in putting fires out at work, or creating strategies to move your business forward, or feeling overwhelmed with all your responsibilities. Midsummer, who cares? You’ve got things to do and people to see.

What do you think about all those people deciding to retire early, or work less to tend to other aspects of life like family and health? …

Dublin is fun on Bloomsday or any day! Photo by Diogo Palhais on Unsplash

Chances are that headline made no sense to you whatsoever. As an entrepreneur, you’re likely eyeballs deep in projections, productivity, tasks, meetings, what the customer demands, and everything else.

If you’re a mom (sorry I hate the word mompreneur), you probably feel guilty when you’re working instead of being with the kids. Then you feel guilty for not working when you’re at home with the fam!

Mom or not, you may still be asking yourself what on earth is Bloomsday and why you should care.

“and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he…

Do you need a lot of coffee to get through the day? Photo by Alexander Jawfox on Unsplash

Modern culture seems designed to make everyone less productive. Whether you’re working at home or you’re back at the office (or something in between), the 21st century environment is bad for brains.

Anything that’s bad for your brain is also bad for productivity. The human brain gets about 3–4 hours of concentrated thought work each day, maximum. That’s if you fill up the tank with energy at night and avoid draining it on unimportant things during the day.

Not getting enough sleep? You’re not filling up. Not giving your brain enough rest breaks? You’re draining your tank faster. Switching from…

Be good to your electric slime. Photo by Josh Riemer on Unsplash

Last week was all about shielding yourself from the sun, and the options available for physical protection. As a business owner, you need to protect your mind as well. The human brain is coated in what feels like slime (to help protect it) and since it generates electricity you can think of it as electric slime. If you like.

Either way, the preventative care that’s good for the bod is good for the mind too. Yes, exercise helps your heart and other muscles get stronger. …

Giraffes and business owners… alike? Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash

Love the warmth of the sun? Me too! Feel better when you can get outside? Same! Actually, most of us do; nature is good for people. But too much sun can be damaging, and that’s why May 28 is National Sunscreen Day. Yet it’s not only important for business owners to protect their skin, but also their business.

How do giraffe’s tongues factor in for entrepreneurs?

Some exposure to the sun is critical for human life. Vitamin D keeps bones strong and healthy, reducing the risk of fractures and other issues later on in life. Humans can absorb it from food sources, but that’s not usually enough. …

Do success and productivity look beautiful to you? Photo by Alexandre Chambon on Unsplash

Really, the question is, who doesn’t want to be a millionaire? Even though a million doesn’t go as far as it used to; millionaires still need to pay attention to budgets and purchase prices and tradeoffs. If you want the kind of life where you can forget all that, you need to be a billionaire.

Yet being a millionaire isn’t that bad, right? You stop living paycheck to paycheck. You’re able to set aside savings, including more money for retirement. …

Focus, little frog! Photo by David Traña on Unsplash

Isn’t it great when you get tedious chores out of the way by no longer doing them manually yourself? Or when you make one decision that saves you time and energy?

Both free up your brain for the important things in life. Like recognizing SIWOTI (Someone Is Wrong On The Internet) and helping them see the light.

I’m kidding, of course. There’s almost nothing on the planet less productive than arguing with people you don’t even know on the interwebs. Debating others not only doesn’t convince them to see the world the way that you do, but makes them less…

Can’t tell if this is a tough discussion or not. Photo by Jarosław Głogowski on Unsplash

Business owners sometimes just have to be honest, even when that means a difficult conversation. You can still be kind while delivering news that other people might find hard to hear. But ignoring a problem doesn’t lead to a solution.

Have a staff member who isn’t performing the way you want them to? No longer able to serve a client and need to let them go? Here’s what you need to know to achieve your goals in a way that’s constructive for the other person.

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” — Thomas Jefferson

No matter…

Some halos are better than others. Photo by Justin Wang on Unsplash

My new productivity training has created some interesting conversations as I chat with women business owners and get caught up with friends. The training’s grown out of my previous business experiences and is based on what’s known about the human brain and neuroscience.

Unfortunately, a lot of this knowledge has been seized upon and twisted beyond science to justify other beliefs. Some people sincerely mean well. Others plan to profit off these issues, especially by appealing to busy business bees.

Certain words make things sound good but are inherently meaningless. Like the word “natural” on a food label. …

Queen Veronica and Fergus the Fierce at a Kitty Committee meeting (Photo courtesy of Desert Diva)

If you’re a business owner, or team leader, or aspire to be one, you know how important mindset is. And if you’re a pet owner/parent/companion, you can learn some success strategies from them! Yes, yes, another year, another excuse to feature my pets in my writing. YOU’RE WELCOME.

“Perhaps measuring animal intelligence by comparing it to human intelligence isn’t the best litmus test.” — Ingrid Newkirk

All pets

Your dogs and cats aren’t worried about paying the rent or whether the boss likes them. Unfortunately humans do have to worry about such things. But that doesn’t mean that we have to catastrophize…

Jennifer Jank

Unlocking The Secrets To Business Achievement With More Life Balance For Women ⎸Speaker ⎸Productivity Queen ⎸Ghostwriter ⎸Author ⎸Pun Lover

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