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How do I avoid being excessively deferential and go after what I want?

I recently came to the conclusion that this is something I really need to work on. I’ve done ok in life — multiple degrees from top universities, a six-figure job and a seven-figure net worth in my 40s. But I’ve always been more cooperative, less willing to go after what I want, and looking back at this advanced age, it has hurt me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2016 - 18 answers

So many books, so little time.

Looking for a strategy to decide what book to read next! I have a huge TBR pile. And I am uncharacteristically having a devil of a time deciding what to read next. What can I do to prioritize the pile? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Oct 9, 2015 - 18 answers

I'd actually like a little LESS variety in life, thank you very much.

I need some direction toward living a life with more depth and less breadth, less quantity and more quality. Any tips, recommendations or resources you know of would be most appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Dec 2, 2013 - 26 answers

Are these surveys (A) very useful (B) somewhat useful (C) ignored?

Is there any point to filling out surveys from non-profits? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Oct 15, 2013 - 15 answers

How can a busy scientist prioritize items that are urgent and important?

I'm a research scientist and I sometimes give presentations. Presentations are unique because, while they aren't the most important part of my work, there is a built-in deadline. I can only work on them until the presentation time, and then I won't get another chance to redo that particular presentation. Most other things I can work on until they are done in the order of what is most important. But giving a good presentation is still pretty important. So when I have a presentation coming up it is hard to decide what to work on first. If I work mainly on the presentation then I feel like I am postponing my important regular research, which isn't great. If I work mainly on the research, then I feel like I am resigning myself to giving a more mediocre presentation, which isn't great either—it makes it less likely that people will understand the work and isn't good for my reputation generally. If I try to switch back and forth I lose concentration and energy due to the difficulty of context switching. Do you have suggestions for how to set priorities in this scenario or what has worked for you?
posted by grouse on Aug 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Getting sober and getting on with it

Getting sober and/or working towards your dreams: before, after or simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 - 20 answers

How do I manage a workflow that is dependent on other people?

How do I manage a workflow that is dependent on other people's efforts? My (mostly administrative) job requires that I do things that are frequently dependent on the contributions and/or approval of other people, who frequently can't/don't/won't complete tasks in a timely manner. What do I do? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Dec 13, 2011 - 11 answers

How do I prioritize my to-do list?

Okay. I made the to-do list. I broke the tasks into small, actionable pieces. Now how do I decide which piece to do first? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Nov 6, 2010 - 34 answers

Help me navigate the world of camping purchases...

Getting camping gear together... what should we buy next? We have just bought a tent (4 person), 2 chairs and 2 therma rests. We will be camping at a caravan park this time. What should we buy next? What are the priorities? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Sep 17, 2010 - 16 answers

A shiny, a shiny, my queendom for a shiny!

I work at a desk job where the bulk of my projects take place during the academic year. As I have ADD [ADHD inattentive type], routines and a high level of activity really help, and I've worked hard to get things where they need to be. Once again, however, the summer slump is kicking my ass. Please hope. [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 8, 2010 - 11 answers

How to prioritise many urgent / important issues?

Help me prioritise my career / accomodation / other goals - they all appear to be short term! [ideally UK MeFi people]. Anon because contains detailed career / personal issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2009 - 3 answers

How to find time to do everything in life?

Not-enough-hours-in-the-day-filter: Any advice on developing/maintaining skills which require daily practice/effort, while balancing other priorities and time commitments (heath, family, creative pursuits, etc.) ? (specifics inside) [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 4, 2007 - 20 answers

Should your partner always be your priority?

In a relationship, should your priority always be towards your partner? [more inside]
posted by aprivateperson on Dec 15, 2006 - 38 answers

yes - no - maybe - maybe yes - maybe no - maybe maybe - wait - can't decide - what to do first? - was that wrong? - was that right?

Ever been so overwhelmed that it paralyzed you? How did figure out what to do first? How did you get it all done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2005 - 25 answers

Life categories

If you had to organize your life into categories and subcategories, what would they be? (I'm looking for the more general, applies-to-everyone sort of categories, like Transportation [-motorcycle -van] or Recreation [-music -canoeing], etc., not stuff like "Yamaha SR500" or "Captain Beefheart obsession.") I'm looking to get better organized, and I don't want to overlook anything.
posted by bricoleur on Feb 27, 2005 - 15 answers

Looking after a dog whilst at Law School

Law school + dog: I'm starting law school next fall, and I am currently looking at my housing options. I'm specifically looking for places that are pet friendly, but I need to know whether it is really possible for me to have a dog as a first year law student. Anyone out there been to law school recently? How much extra time will I have? (Assume that the neighborhood/apartment size is not an issue, and I've had dogs before so I know how to care for them.)
posted by ohio on Feb 11, 2005 - 15 answers

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