Productivity as a Path to Purpose

  We were on a call with a new client a couple weeks ago, explaining what we do, and she blurted out “oh, so you use productivity as a path to purpose!” Soph and I looked at each other, and said, “Yes!! That’s exactly what we do.” Here’s the thing: We’re not...

Freedom

  What most people are looking for when they’re looking to be ‘more productive’ or to make better use of their time, is actually a greater sense of freedom. Generally whenever any of us is looking for anything in life, we’re looking for a greater sense of...

Do the thing you don’t think you have time to do

  If you’re feeling crunched for time, do something you don’t think you have time to do Time is a funny thing. We think of it as something that’s objective – there are after all, 60 seconds in a minute, and a 60 minutes in an hour. We think, therefore, that our...

The Full Body YES [with Katie Hendricks]

  SOPHIE:  Tell us a little bit about this full body yes. I’ve heard you talk about this for a long time. I’d love to hear the genesis and how does it play out in the way we make decisions.  KATIE:  Well, a full body yes uses your whole body thinking....

Don’t forget to celebrate

  Yesterday, I was hanging out with a friend of mine when she asked how business was going. I told her things were going great, we had just signed our first major clients and are on the brink of some exciting partnerships. She was so excited for me, she teared up...

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

  For years I worked as a ghost writer, editor and writing coach. I was (and still am) really good at helping people get their ideas onto paper, and then making their words sound even better and more ‘like them’ than whatever they’ve written. I’m not a...

Best kept secret of productivity?

  Working with a client recently, she referred to a few items on her to-do list as heavy and her energy got drained every time she looked at them. One by one, we identified that she simply didn’t know what to do next for these items. Not knowing what to do can...

Stuck? Go smaller.

  My friend Matt had an anxiety attack on a plane once, years before I met him. By the time we became friends, he wouldn’t get on one. His work is very meaningful, and not getting on planes was limiting the number of people he could serve. That was reason enough...

Lazy and productive Sunday mornings

  This morning I’m writing to you from my couch, tucked under a heated blanket and next to pile of clean sheets that I have yet to fold and put away. It’s Sunday, and I’m feeling both productive, cozy and relaxed. My husband and I have both been working from home...

The unknown: our #1 fear

  Death, childbirth and public speaking scare us because we simply don’t know. We don’t know because we have not done them before. Ask any woman if their second delivery was not easier than their first. Ask public speakers if their second appearance was not...

Say what needs to be said

  I often hear about how difficult it is for people to say what they have to say when they imagine it’s going to be difficult for the other person to hear. First of all, how do we know what’s difficult for someone to hear? Second of all, how do we imagine having...

Give yourself time to learn a new way of doing things

  My friend and mentor, Katie Hendricks, has a saying: “Give yourself a year, before you give yourself a grade.” She says it anytime someone is learning a new skill, particularly an important life-skill such as being more meticulous keeping your agreements or...

There is an art to failing

  Having coached hundreds of people in the becurrent methodology, I’ve had the rare privilege to look under the hood of many lives: people’s earnest dreams, their hopes, fears, doubts, struggles, celebrations and failings – are all always on display. What...

What doesn’t get done needs a different kind of attention

  A few weeks ago, I was working with Martin a very successful entrepreneur based in London. We’d set up becurrent for him and his team a few months prior and things were progressing swimmingly. He’d hired us to do a weekly check-in and we were on our 6th or 7th...

An unpopular approach to becoming more present

  One of my friends, Jason, plays poker and coaches other poker players for a living. Basically, his job is to help really good poker players get even better, and he seems to be really good at what he does. While I can probably count on one hand the number of...

To improve your game is to deconstruct your game

  If you play a sport that requires a certain precision in the mechanics of your body – while playing it – you know about the concept that even the best players have to deconstruct their stance, their grip, their posture if they want to move up to the...

Respect the board

  To make the decision to do or not do something is an art. Heck, to make a decision on what to eat, who to marry, and what to do in the next hour of our lives – all of it is an art. A fine art. And like fine art, it requires practice and a set of rules....

How I got my shit together in one afternoon

  A few months ago, when it was still commonplace to sit on friends’ couches, I was sitting on Sophie’s couch. We had spent the afternoon together, reviewing her process for staying on top of and in good relationship with all the things we need and want to do in...

Where is your mojo?

  I remember, years ago, coaching Jason, a partner in a Manhattan law firm. At the time, I’d started a company shadowing execs and giving them feedback in real time. Jason had hired me to help him improve his relationships at the office. I suggested he set up...

How being overwhelmed benefits us [spoiler alert]

  Being overwhelmed is a state we know is bad for us, and yet, we keep creating the circumstances that perpetuate it. We humans don’t do anything that doesn’t serve us. On some level, it has to benefit us, or we stop doing it. On some level – that is the critical...

Completion

  Almost every client we work with reports back after our first session that they are “the most productive” they’ve ever been. They feel like they’ve been given superpowers. (One woman I spoke with this week traded her condo for an island, which actually sounds...

How aspirational actions actually slow you down

  Most people who are into ‘productivity’ are also into personal and/or professional growth. They want to get better, be better, and do more. They have their eye on the prize and know that the way to get where they want to go is by taking action. For most people,...

No. [a complete sentence]

  I remember vividly when I made the decision it was rude to say “no.” My 6-year-old brother tried it on my mother, and it didn’t go well. I don’t remember what he said no to. I just remember her humming anxiously, stomping around, making sure he knew he was bad...

The power of keeping your bucket list next to your to-do list

  One of the things we do when people start working with us at becurrent is have them come up with a ‘bucket list. A ‘bucket list’ is really just a list of goals that are unique to you that make you feel expansive when you think of them. It can have a wow factor,...

Confidence comes from doing what you say you’re going to do

  If you google self-confidence, lots of tips come up…lists from Tony Robbins and other gurus, with titles like “10 things you can do to boost your self-confidence” and “25 killer actions to boost your self-confidence.” Most of these lists include things like...

Welcome to Current Matters

  In this magazine, you will find ideas and questions around the concept of living a life where everything is current. I spent a good amount of time in the Merriam Webster world, and I like none of the definitions for current. They’re all about electricity...