Beginnings, middles or endings?

Many years ago, when I was fairly new to the communications role at WaMu, I asked for a mentor in Corporate Communications.  Leslie and I met for a year, and I learned so much from her.

I remember our first meeting when she asked me whether I preferred beginnings, middles or endings. An unusual question, I thought, but it’s come back to me over and over. Since I know now that I love beginnings, I’m aware that I jump into new projects, books, tasks, etc. because they’re new and exciting. (I’ve told you about my ADOP issues…)

I’m okay with middles. They’re still interesting and I still want to do them, but there are always new things around the corner so it’s easy for me to lose my focus.

Endings. Not as good with endings. I have several unfinished cross-stitch projects, scrapbooks and various research projects and half-read books… Of course, there are dependencies: how long will it take to get to the end, how interesting is the activity  and is there a deadline?

I have the best of intentions but there are so many things I want to do!

Recognizing that I love beginnings is helping me better manage the things on my list. I try not to buy books until I can read and get rid of others. I try to not say yes when approached with something new and fun…oh, but it’s hard.

So how about you? Do you prefer beginnings, middles or endings? And why?

photo courtesy subarticmike


Google Reader: My new favorite thing

Michael Hyatt, Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, has stolen my thunder andGoogle Reader my blog post.  Okay, not really.  I’ve been hearing about Google Reader for a while but didn’t start using it until last week.  And I love it!

I follow a million blogs, give or take a few thousand.  To read these blogs, I saved them in my bookmarks/favorites and would have to visit them one by one to see if there were any updates.  Really time consuming.

Not anymore!  With Google Reader, I can see at a glance which blogs have been updated recently.  Then I can scan titles and opening lines to see if I want to read them or not.  HUGE time saver for me.

Michael Hyatt has a blog that I love and follow regularly. (I also follow him on Twitter.)  He’s practical, easy to read, funny, motivating, and smart. Last week, he posted this blog, How to Use Google Reader to Keep Up with Your Favorite Blogs, where he shows you how to set up a Google Reader account for yourself.

So at first, I thought he’d stolen my thunder but in actuality, he’s saved me time.  Now instead of typing out all the instructions for you, you can go to his blog for that.  Cool!

Oh, one other cool thing about Google Reader?  While you can only access your Favorites/Bookmarks from your computer, with Google Reader, I can check on my blogs from any computer anywhere.  Love it!

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