How To Ditch Other People’s Negative Emotions

    How To Ditch Other People’s Negative Emotions

    Today was a four snooze alarm morning. Between the cold I caught from a fellow guest at a friend’s dinner, deadlines for clients and editors looming over my sleepy head, and the drained energy I felt from dealing with someone else’s negative emotion – I just wanted to crawl under the covers and eat chocolate. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

    As someone who is constantly striving to create a work-life balance and blend the commitments of work, family, friendships and creativity, I’m always interested in the latest and greatest on the psychology, biology and sociology front as it relates to creating a well-rounded and emotionally centered life.

    In her new book Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life (Harmony Books, 2009) bestselling author Judith Orloff, MD, offers some great new solutions for dealing with emotions in our hyper-tense world. So here’s a guest post from Dr. Orloff on her take on how to detach from other people’s negative emotions:

    First, ask yourself: Is the feeling mine or someone else’s? It could be both. If the emotion such as fear or anger is yours, gently confront what’s causing it on your own or with professional help. If not, try to pinpoint the obvious generator. For instance, if you’ve just watched a comedy, yet you came home from the movie theater feeling blue, you may have incorporated the depression of the people sitting beside you; in close proximity, energy fields overlap. The same is true with going to a mall or packed concert.

    When possible, distance yourself from the suspected source. Move at least twenty feet away; see if you feel relief. Don’t err on the side of not wanting to offend strangers. In a public place, don’t hesitate to change seats if you feel a sense of depression imposing on you.

    For a few minutes, center yourself by concentrating on your breath: This connects you to your essence. Keep exhaling negativity, inhaling calm. This helps to ground yourself and purify fear or other difficult emotions Visualize negativity as gray fog lifting from your body, and hope as golden light entering. This can yield quick results.

    Negative emotions
    such as fear frequently lodge in your emotional center at the solar plexus. Place your palm there as you keep sending loving-kindness to that area to flush stress out. For longstanding depression or anxiety, use this method daily to strengthen this center. It’s comforting and builds a sense of safety and optimism.

    Shield yourself. A handy form of protection many people use, including healers with trying patients, involves visualizing an envelope of white light (or any color you feel imparts power) around your entire body. Think of it as a shield that blocks out negativity or physical discomfort but allows what’s positive to filter in.

    Look for positive people and situations.
    Call a friend who sees the good in others. Spend time with a colleague who affirms the bright side of things. Listen to hopeful people. Hear the faith they have in themselves and others. Also relish hopeful words, songs, and art forms. Hope is contagious and it will lift your mood.

    Keep practicing these strategies. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time you’re on emotional overload. With strategies to cope, you can have quicker retorts to stressful situations, feel safer, and your sensitivities can blossom.

    This post was originally published at Karen Leland’s Featured Small Business column on The Huffington Post.

    How Time Literate Are You? Take This Quick Quiz

    How Time Literate Are You? Take This Quick Quiz

    In 1956, George Miller wrote a paper entitled, “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two.” He had discovered that people can only focus on five to nine things at a time – anything beyond this has to be held in the unconscious mind. For most of us, it would be a dream come true if we only had to focus on five – or even nine – things.

    Unfortunately, in today’s work environment we often have too much to do, in too little time, with too little energy and focus. One study by the Families and Work Institute found that a full third of Americans are overworked; more than 50 percent of those surveyed said they are either handling too many tasks at the same time or are frequently interrupted during the workday – or both. In short, we are overloaded. Is it any wonder, then, that we have trouble managing our offices, time and projects in a way that feels sufficient?

    In the face of these time traps, it’s critical that we learn how to beat back the bad habits of procrastination, multitasking, and distraction and become more time literate. Are you a time-tamer or a time-waster? To get an idea of your current level of time literacy, answer the following questions using the guide below:

    1 = Almost Never
    2 = Once in a while
    3 = Frequently
    4 = All the time

    1. I create a daily to-do list and then prioritize it. ______

    2. Whenever possible I do my most important tasks early in the day. _____

    3. The state of my desktop inspires me to get work done. _____

    4. I have specific, written goals, for my business and personal life. ____

    5. I arrive at meetings on time and prepared. ____

    6. I delegate whatever I can. ____

    7. My in-basket is under control and I process the work in it regularly. ____

    8. I close my office door or take other measures to prevent interruptions when I need to focus. ____

    9. I know when and how to say no to other people’s requests. ____

    10. I meet my project deadlines. ____

    11. I can find any information I need within 5 minutes. ____

    12. I spend less than 30 percent of my day putting out fires. ____

    13. I keep my email inbox organized and up-to-date. ____

    14. My office files are neat, organized and up-to-date. ____

    15. I tackle difficult or unpleasant tasks without delay. ____

    Total Score: ____

    50 – 60: Congratulations you are a time literacy superstar! You obviously understand the core principles of time literacy and have been able to translate them into everyday actions. To move to the next level, choose one area above that you would like to enhance and find a book, teleclass, online workshop, seminar, coach or mentor that can help you further develop that skill.

    35 – 49: You have a good grasp on your time, but are losing energy and focus because of a few bad time habits. Review the questions above and focus your attention on the areas where you scored a 2 or lower. Consider reaching out to a friend, family member or someone you work with to help you identify when you are caught in non-productive time behaviors.

    15 – 34: Your time literacy could use some education. You may be experiencing procrastination, overwhelm or burnout due to poor time management. Pick one item from the list above and work on it daily, until your score in that area has increased by one point.

    This post was originally published at Karen Leland’s Featured Small Business column on The Huffington Post.

    What Pez Candy And Time Management Have In Common

    What Pez Candy And Time Management Have In Common

    When I was a kid, one of my favorite candies was Pez. The bottom half of the dispenser was designed in the shape of a cigarette lighter, and the top was the head of some famous cartoon character. With one swift motion, I would pull back the Donald Duck, Goofy or Mickey Mouse top and out would pop a single, small sliver of satisfyingly tart and sweet candy. I would go on like this, dispensing one treat at a time, until the entire package was used up.

    If you’re wondering what this childhood trip down memory lane has to do with today’s time management, I’ll tell you — but first, you have to sit through one more candy metaphor.

    Most people approach their to-do list like it’s a box of chocolates (and not in the somewhat endearing Forest Gump “lefe is leke a bax o’ chokolates” way.) No, we take a small nibble out of a caramel cream and dump the remains back in the box or grab a bite of a dark chocolate-covered cherry and then discard it to its holding place next to the English toffee.

    Likewise, we tend to take little nibbles on projects, bites of our to-do list and leave tasks half eaten. For the most part, this leaves us wholly incomplete and unsatisfied. Stuffed to the gills with action, but hungry for accomplishment.

    I think we should all take a productivity lesson from PEZ candy and promise to start doing one thing at a time. No distractions, no multitasking, just focus — pure, old-fashioned, unadulterated focus. To increase yours, try these focus-building behaviors.

    Warning: You may have heard or read a version of these before. They’re classics in the world of time management, and for those of us who peddle this stuff, we’ve all written about them, spoken about them, recommended them and sometimes even followed them — for years. They are, in many ways, common sense. But you know the expression about common sense not being so common? Oh, and if you need a visual to remind you, order a PEZ dispenser.

    1. Keep a Brain Drain list on hand: One study by George Miller found that people can only hold five to nine things in their mind at a time; the rest goes into the unconscious mind. To keep your mental real estate tidy, as soon as a thought, idea, task or to-do enters you brain — threatening to strip you of your focus — write it down for processing at a later date.

    2. Tackle the hard things early in the morning: One survey by Accountemps found that 69 percent of financial executives polled said that their most productive time for meeting with potential job applicants was between 9 and 11 a.m. Why? Because most people have more energy available at the beginning of the day than at the end. Instead of frittering away your morning surfing the net for fabulous finds, or processing “C” priority emails, put that time to work on your “A” priority items.

    In fact, if your are so inclined, I’d love it if you would take just a minute (literally) and fill out a poll on What Is Your Most Productive Time Of Day?

    3. Work on increasing your attention span. The next time you sit down to do a specific task that requires your full focus, set a timer for five minutes. No matter what, don’t allow yourself to be pulled away. Yes, your brain will scream for mercy. Yes, you will think you are going to die of boredom and yes, five minutes is both a lot longer and a lot shorter than you realize.

    When you can focus on the task uninterrupted for five minutes, try 10, then 15, then 20. If you can get up to 45 minutes of totally focused time — no itches and urges to answer your cell phone, check your e-mail, Facebook a friend or twitter your latest thought — you are Zen master and are hereby absolved from ever having to read another time management book. Not really, but you will be among the few and the proud.

    This post was originally published at Karen Leland’s Featured Small Business column on The Huffington Post.

    New Year Resolutions Week

    New Year Resolutions Week

    The last few days of the year (the procrastinators among us hold off until the first week of January) is the time when most people sit down to formulate their New Year’s Resolutions. I think the reason this beginning-of-year activity is so popular is that we are a nation that loves the “do over.”

    We fancy the idea that in one relatively short time span (a week, a day) we can raise the magic wand of declaration and erase the past year’s mistakes with its missed opportunities and make a fresh start. It’s the kind of feeling we get from putting on a clean white shirt, or opening a new box of Kleenex, or unwrapping an unused sponge for the sink and throwing away the grimy old one.

    As we roll into January, I have been reflecting (in between shopping, cooking, planning, and partying) on my past resolutions of 2008 and my goals for 2009. To start, I sat down yesterday to review the goals I had set for myself with such good cheer and optimism in that first week of January, a mere twelve months ago.

    Perhaps it’s twenty-five plus years as a management consultant, or all that time I have spent leading time management courses, or just my natural obsessively organized personality, but I always write down my goals and list them under subheadings by category – body/health, marriage, finance, family, creativity, etc.

    The interesting thing is that the goals from the current year often bear a striking similarity to the goals from the previous one. The same desires appear, year after year, like flowers that bloom every spring from long-dormant bulbs. They have been hibernating, storing energy, and every year around this time are ready to spring forth with a fresh bunch of flowers, yet are still part of the same old plant.

    Among other things, my yearly blooms always seem to include fitness, career, money and love. Doesn’t everyone’s? The fact that each fresh crop of resolutions is a slight variation on the same theme does not stop me from making them. I keep coming back for more.

    Looking back, it’s actually been a pretty good year. I’ve achieved, if not all my goals, enough progress on them to make me feel like a productive member of my own life. I did write that series of books, sing in that play and start that exercise program.

    As for the goals that I did not achieve in 2008, I have come to realize that some (i.e., run a marathon) were just good ideas, never meant to move beyond the page to the real world of action. To others, I gave my best shot (lose twenty pounds) and fell short (I lost nine).

    Thankfully, this coming week is officially New Year’s Resolution week, so I can declare a “do over,” wipe the slate clean, and start again, bringing a fresh perspective and enthusiasm to my “new” goals, even if they happen to look an awful lot like the old ones.

    This post was originally published at Karen Leland’s Featured Small Business column on The Huffington Post.

    Five Easy Steps To E-Mail Organization

    Five Easy Steps To E-Mail Organization

    Welcome to the second post in the “Simplify Your Online Life” series. For those of you who jumped on the bandwagon last week, congratulations.

    This week, we move onto a topic near and dear to everyone’s heart: e-mail organization. To establish an e-mail filing system that allows you to process and access past e-mails quickly and easily, use one or more of the following methods to archive and prioritize messages:

    #1. File by client name. If your work is account based, with lots of different clients, it makes sense to set up a folder for each customer; for example: Client A, B, C and D. However, if you have several hundred clients to keep tabs on, create general folders that divide the clients into broader categories; for example: Engineering clients, retail clients, banking clients, healthcare clients etc.

    #2. File by product or service. If your work has more to do with products and services than clients, make general folders for all the main product and service categories that you deal with. For example, the products folders might be labeled: Flab fighter, joyful gerbil, kitty crave, turtle polish and catnip sauce. Examples of service folders might be: Consulting, speaking, training, writing etc. Within these folders, place all related topics en masse, or with subfolders for each product or service category.

    #3. File by project. Some people prefer a project-based filing system, in which folders are created for each of the major projects you are working on. For example: New web site, quarterly sales, annual picnic, family reunion etc.

    Within each folder, subfolders can be created to store messages that relate to one area of the project; for example, under the project “new web site,” you might have the following subfolders: Design, ideas, notes, input, management and webmaster.

    #4. Take advantage of automated filing. Microsoft Outlook, Entourage and Apple Mail have features for automatically assigning e-mails — from specific senders or about certain subjects — to pre-assigned folders. E-mails then show up in your main inbox list, but are also filed under their specified topic.

    #5.Finally, when new e-mails come in, don’t let them linger in your mailbox, hoping they will read themselves. For every incoming message you have, take at least one of the following four actions:

    •Reply immediately whenever possible
    •Delete the message
    •Forward when appropriate
    •File the message in the appropriate folder

    Warning! Don’t fall into the trap of using “ignore” as an option for dealing with incoming messages. Anything you are trying to ignore becomes a loose end and a big energy drain.

    If you’re on a roll with this “Simplify Your Online Life” series of posts, don’t stop now. Set aside 15 minutes each day this coming week (first thing in the morning works well) to work on organizing your e-mail. Please leave me a comment at the bottom of this article to let me know how it’s going.

    This post was originally published at Karen Leland’s Featured Small Business column on The Huffington Post.

    Zero Out Your Email Inbox…Really!

    Zero Out Your Email Inbox…Really!

    Welcome to the third and final post in the series on how to Simplify Your Online Life.

    I’d love to know how this whole series has worked out for you and what other life simplification topics you’d like to know about, so please leave a comment at the end of the article. I read each and every one. With that, here’s the third post, on how to zero out your inbox.

    “Karen Leland, would you like a bigger… whatever?” Well…. I guess if I were a man, and if this was not the 74th e-mail offering me a larger package, a pill to make me hotter or $5 million in cash from the country of Zambia — I might. But at this point, I’m going to pass.

    Let’s face it, the sheer amount of e-mail — much of it ridiculously insipid and annoying — that most of us get everyday could make a person a little bit crazy. The problem is that finding the good stuff amidst the garbage can be a little like looking for a needle in a haystack.

    In fact, one recent survey from Microsoft Windows Live found that 60 percent of Internet users say their online lives sometimes feel more disorganized than their physical lives.

    Still, don’t despair — yes Virginia, it really is possible to get your e-mail inbox to zero. Perhaps not every day, but at least a few times a week, and here’s how. Borrow a tip from the wide world of time management and zero out your inbox with the four D system.

    One note: As far as I can tell, the four D model (and variations) have been around for about 20 years. I did not event it, but along with others I’ve written about them in books and articles and taught workshops using the model for decades. These are just my take on the timeless topic.

    Do: Some items that pop up in your in-box require or inspire you take immediate action. If the message you see can be handled easily and quickly (say within five minutes) do it now. Once done, delete the item or move it to the appropriate folder for storage. If the time can’t be completed easily move it to a folder for items to be done, or flag it for completion at some point during the day. At the end of the day, all the flagged items, that are unfinished should be moved to the ‘to be done’ folder.

    Delete: If an email sits in your in-box waiting to be worked on for days, weeks, or even months, you may be putting off the completion of the item for several reasons including: It is too big to handle as is and needs to be broken down into bite size chunks; the item is not clearly defined enough for you to take action on; it is something you don’t really, want, need or intend to do. If this last reason fits, there is no shame in hitting the delete button and saying so-long to that message muddling up your inbox.

    Delegate: Just because you received the email message, does not mean you have to be the one to execute it. A great strategy for clearing out your in-box is to transfer it to someone else’s. Considerations, of course, need to be given to the other person’s availability, ability and willingness, but the option of passing on a piece of the work to someone else is a real one. Ask yourself if you really need to be the one to handle an item?

    Defer: Many items in your in-box are good ideas you would like to follow up on – just not now. Instead of letting the someday item sit in your active in-box file, create a ‘to do’, ‘pending’ or ‘someday’ folder where you can keep tabs on messages you may want to take action on at some point in the future.

    By reflecting on your priorities, goals and commitments you can more easily determine which bits and pieces don’t require action today, but can be put off until tomorrow. The key is to immediately clear the item out of your in-box and move it to another file where you can easily retrieve it when you are ready to work on it.

    Ask yourself, Is it essential or important that this be done today or can it wait? Would there be any serious negative consequences if I delayed doing this item?

    Exercise: Five Minutes To A Cleaner Inbox

    Open your email in-box and then set your watch, alarm clock, computer or iphone on a five-minute timer. Now, starting from the top (the latest email) go through and see how many items you can get completed and moved out of your mailbox using the four D’s – Do, Delete, Delegate or Defer.

    This post was originally published at Karen Leland’s Featured Small Business column on The Huffington Post.

    Three Steps To Declutter Your Computer

    Three Steps To Declutter Your Computer

    Welcome to the first in a series of a few posts over the next few weeks on how to “Simplify Your Online Life.” This first post will focus on the big picture of how to declutter your computer.

    This past Sunday was both Easter and the Masters golf tournament. We had no Easter plans, and I’m not a golfer, so while my husband whooped and hollered at Bubba Watson’s memorable shot, I spent a good four-hour period decluttering my computer.

    OK. At this point, I know you’re thinking what a sad little life I have, but seriously, I couldn’t take it anymore. My computer had become the junk drawer of my electronic life. Files were stacked ten to a one-room apartment, e-mails were gathering mold in dark corners and bookmarks were living in squalor. So much so that finding things on my desktop and hard drive had begun taking up significant amounts of time.

    Somewhere along the path of my usually organized online life, entropy had seeped in, and my electronic desktop became a dumping ground. But, why is it so important to clean out our computers? Really, for the same reason we clean out our desks. It makes it easier to find what we are looking for.

    One study by Account Temps published in the Wall Street Journal estimated that office workers spend an average of six weeks per year looking for things. If you combine this with the fact 70 percent of U.S. households have a computer, it’s not hard to see that one of the places we are looking for documents, information etc. is our computers.

    Below is a simple three-step process you can follow to do a basic declutter of your computer and begin the process of simplifying your electronic life.

    Step One: Set up a logical filing system.

    • Try to mirror your paper filing system on your computer. The more your main folders resemble the names and categories you use to file paper, the easier it will be for you to both find and file various documents.

    • Create a “working file” or “pending” folder, which lives on your desktop and can hold anything you are currently working on and need to access quickly and easily. While much of your computer may be used for the archiving of information, the “working file” folder can hold the most relevant information and projects.

    Step Two: Organize your bookmarks.

    Just as you may have random files floating around your hard drive, you more than likely have a ton of bookmarks that are not organized in any particular way.

    Go under “bookmarks” and choose the “organize” feature. This will allow you to make folders with logical names that you can group and move your various bookmarks into. For example: the next time you want to find this article on The Huffington Post, rather than having to search through a long list of bookmarks, you will be able to easily and quickly find it under the folder you have created marked “Articles.”

    Step Three: Clean up your hard drive.

    Because computer capability has increased so much over the past few years, storage on most computers is not a big issue. The downside of all this increased space is that a lot of people have a bad habit of using their computer as a storage unit, or even a dumping ground, for holding all kinds of information, whether it is still relevant or not. A few ways to clean up your computer include:

    •Deleting any old working drafts of documents that are no longer needed or have been replaced by more updated versions.

    •Deleting files that you created but never did anything with or have no documents in.

    •Eliminating files that have different names but contain the same duplicate materials.

    •Dumping files that are so old that the information in them is outdated and never used.

    One caution: If you need to keep any files for a legal reason, either:

    •Print them out on paper and keep a hard copy.

    •Create a special folder on the computer for “legal.”

    •Transfer them to a backup disk.

    OK, now that you have a plan to follow, set aside 15 minutes each day this coming week
    (first thing in the morning works well) to work on decluttering your computer. Please leave me a comment at the bottom of this article to let me know how it’s going. Stay tuned, and check back next Wednesday when the “Simplify Your Online Life” series continues with a look at organizing e-mails.

    7 Worst Habits Of Workaholics

    7 Worst Habits Of Workaholics

    There’s no doubt that times are tough. But if you’re tempted to try and show your value by working harder and longer, be sure to include a healthy dose of self care – otherwise success may come with an expensive price tag – your health.

    “Many people feel like they have to push themselves to unhealthy levels in order to succeed. But high-pressure jobs and long hours take a real toll on your immediate and future health,” says George Griffing, M.D., professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University. Here, according to Griffing are the seven worst habits to watch out for in these workaholic times.

    1. Forgetting to relax:
    While some stress can be good because it keeps you alert and motivated, too much stress or chronic stress will take its toll on your body contributing to headaches, upset stomach, sleeping problems, muscle tension, weight gain/loss, high blood pressure and chest pains.

    2. Eating on the go: A healthy, balanced meal of complex carbohydrates, protein, fruits and vegetables is exactly what you need to stay mentally sharp throughout the day. Beware of frozen meals, fast food and processed food; they can be high in sodium, calories and fat.

    3. Putting off sleep for work: Even busy professionals need seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Skimping on sleep can cause irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems and poor judgment. It has also been linked to obesity.

    4. Not making time for exercise: Humans were not designed to sit at desks for eight hours or more a day. Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise most days is very important to your immediate and future health. In addition to reducing the risk for nearly every major disease, exercise has been shown to help fight anxiety and depression.

    5. Working even when sick: Everyone has heard, “Don’t come to work if you’re sick,” yet that’s exactly what many do. Whether you’re worried about jeopardizing your job in an unstable economy or just anxious about getting behind, there are three common sense reasons to stay home: Nobody wants your germs, you’ll be less productive and you need your rest to get better.

    6. Drinking (too much): Research has shown that moderate alcohol consumption can reduce your risk for everything from heart disease to rheumatoid arthritis, with “moderate” being the key word. In general, men should have no more than two drinks per day (1.5 oz. of spirits, 5 oz. of wine or 12 oz. of beer) and women who are not pregnant should limit themselves to one drink per day.

    7. Skipping annual medical checkups: In order to detect problems early, you need to know what’s going on in your body. Depending on your age, family history and lifestyle, consider a comprehensive medical checkup and special screenings every one to five years. Consult with your doctor for more information.

    “Eventually, something’s going to give. If you keep burning the candle at both ends, the flame will burn out,” Griffing said. “But if you maintain a healthy balance, you will be happier and healthier overall.”

    This post was originally published at Karen Leland’s Featured Small Business column on The Huffington Post.

    Productivity Palette: Which Color Is Best For You?

    Productivity Palette: Which Color Is Best For You?

    Do you think you need more red or blue in your life? Although the current economic crisis might prompt you to say, “Please, anything but red” faster than you can clip a coupon, there’s new research that shows that the colors red and blue each have a distinctly different impact on the brain.

    In a yearlong experiment at the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, 600 participants were asked to perform tasks on a computer that required either attention to details (such as proofreading or memory exercises) or creativity (such as brainstorming ways to use a brick). The background color of the computer screens the subjects worked on was either blue, red or, in some cases, white.

    The results? According to the study, when a task requires attention to details, the presence of the color red boosts performance by as much as 31 percent compared to blue. But when the task demands more creative output, blue cues are a better choice than red by almost twice as much.

    “Thanks to stop signs, emergency vehicles and teachers’ red pens, we associate red with danger, mistakes and caution,” says Juliet Zhu, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and author of the study. “The heightened state that red activates makes us vigilant and thus helps us perform tasks where careful attention is required to produce a right or wrong answer.”

    Alternatively, Zhu says that because of an association with the sky, the ocean and the water, most people associate blue with openness, peace and tranquility. “The benign cues make people feel safe about being creative and exploratory. Not surprisingly, it is people’s favorite color.”

    Zhu claims that it only takes a small amount of the desired color in an environment to make an impact. “You don’t need to paint a whole room blue to be more creative,” says Zhu. “These influences happen at a subconscious and subliminal level, so even a suggestion of the color works.” Zhu says that even something as small as the color of a pen, the background screen on a computer or the decorative items in a room can have an influence.

    As a time management expert, I’m always interested in anything that can help people work better in a world with too many things to do, and too few resources to get them done with. As an artist and a writer, I’m fascinated by anything that can help me be more creative — so I decided to test this color conjecture out on myself.

    I brought with me to a half-day creative writing workshop this past weekend a blue pad of paper and a blue ink pen, instead of my requisite white-lined notebook and trusty black Bic.

    One of the reasons I wanted to take the class was that with all the non-fiction book, magazine and blog writing I’ve been doing this past year, I felt in need of a creative break — something to shake me out of my current pattern. So I took the class, and I used a lovely shade of periwinkle blue paper. But did it help my creativity? You tell me…

    Blue Paper Poem by Karen Leland

    I didn’t use red
    Because I needed to shed
    My old way of thinking
    And clear out my head
    Instead I choose blue
    Which from the study I knew
    Would not make me smarter
    But crank up my creative juju

    This post was originally published at Karen Leland’s Featured Small Business column on The Huffington Post.