Nan S. Russell
Author & Speaker

All posts in May, 2015

book-tunnel-BingPublicDomain“Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.” Those words from Olympic swimmer and author Sarah Connor capture the essence of a skill those wanting to thrive in the new world of work need.

We live in a world with constant interruptions, interesting internet rabbit holes to explore, and mobile apps to try. There’s more information than we can possibility absorb, consider, and read; more activities than we can ever do in a lifetime. Thriving in today’s world requires us to self-manage, or we can drown in a sea of busyness, with our time used up and our results minimal.

There is plenty to keep us busy – we know that. But, people who are winning at working know how to self-manage that busyness from the inside-out around their (continue reading →)

Tips, Uncategorized, Winning at Working 

Work life balance choices“Why are you always working?” My mother’s voice echoes now in my head. It was a question she frequently raised over the years about my career, especially when she felt I was overstressed or losing my work-life balance. “I like working,” I’d always answer. And that would usually be that. At least until she asked again.

When I was little, my mother was the only woman on our block who worked outside the home. She started out of necessity during difficult financial times for our family, when I was four, continuing past my college graduation. She worked beyond when she “had to,” finding satisfaction in contributing at a job she liked. Still, for her, work and life were always separate, and her “life” was what happened outside of work.

That’s not the case with me. Maybe it was because (continue reading →)

In the Scheme of Things