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(New!) Perfectionism in a Nutshell

Perfectionism is a cornucopia of antiproductive habits that can stall your work dead in its tracks. Most people mischaracterize it, and therefore are at a loss as to how to cure it. This article tells you precisely what perfectionism is and offers concrete strategies for overcoming it.


Job Search Tips for Programmers and Engineers

Dilberts of the world, listen closely: I know you have spent years developing your technical skills, and are proud of them. But these skills should not be the be-all and end-all of your application, for two very good reasons...


A Simple Exercise for Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism and Writer’s Block

The work of becoming a prolific writer – someone who writes easily and quickly, and has fun while doing it – is the work of managing your moment-by-moment experience of your writing. Writing is one of those activities that looks easy, but really isn’t. Besides the basic intellectual challenge, writing is also an act of self-exposure, and often to critical or harsh audiences.

Article: Twelve Tips for Finally Finishing Your Book

Anyone can start a book—and thousands of people have. The trick is finishing the book you start. As someone who has published hundreds of articles, I faced this reality head-on when writing my first book, The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way (Lantern Books, 2006). I worked on it for a year, and while the work was fun, it was also grueling. At times, like any marathoner, it was all I could do to force myself to put one foot (or word) ahead of the other. At other times, I was sick to death of the whole endeavor and wanted to ditch it and work on something else.

Get a Great Job

Believe it or not, something like 80-90% of job seekers sabotage their applications in the most elemental ways. Here's how to avoid doing that.

Annotated Resource List for Writers

A list of resources for writers that emphasizes empowerment, nonperfectionism, compassion, noncompetition, and other virtues that lead to lasting productivity.

Time Management Forms

Budgeting, scheduling and tracking time - in PDF or DOC format



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