UNSTUCK

  • On the job
    how to set pride aside and start fresh

    An expert’s guide to being a beginner

    March 25, 2014

    When Maria Nunes left a 20-year career in the consulting world to train as a teacher, she didn’t know how humbling the transition would be. Here, she tells her story of starting fresh in a new field, and shares the insights that helped her set pride aside and stay focused on achieving her dream. read more

  • On the Job

    Office politics for people who hate politics

    March 18, 2014

    Contrary to popular TV shows, politics and backstabbing are not interchangeable. Those who master the strategy of working well with people are the best political players, the office heroes, because they operate on trust and respect. Here's a worksheet that will help you become a hero too. read more

  • Relationships
    4 ways to get past disrespect

    How to deal with disrespect: 9 true stories

    March 11, 2014

    There’s no vaccine against disrespect, but there are measures we can take to make sure that hurt feelings don’t spiral into something bigger. Here are nine original stories of how real individuals faced and then erased disrespect. read more

  • Relationships
    How to uncover your hidden stuck moments

    “Why didn’t you tell me?” — Stuck moments you didn’t know you had

    March 4, 2014

    Sometimes a small tweak can open up big possibilities. So why not lean on a trusted inner circle to help us see our blind spots and illuminate a fresh perspective that just might help us get unstuck? read more

  • Motivation
    4 Motivation Boosters

    4 ways to relocate your motivation

    February 25, 2014

    When we stop caring as much about doing our best, we know we're stuck. It feels pretty rotten. But there is a way to move forward. Our Motivation Boosters worksheet offers four ways to get your spark back. read more

  • Motivation
    What kind of deflated doer are you?

    When motivation plummets: What kind of Deflated Doer are you?

    February 18, 2014

    Your motivation has gone missing. It was here just the other day, helping you dig in, think bigger, and high-five with everyone. Like most things human, there is more than one path to this point. And how you got there determines how you get unstuck. read more

  • Relationships
    23 ways to spread the love today

    How to supercharge your friendships

    February 11, 2014

    Wonderful things happen when, instead of focusing on who's missing in our life, we nurture the relationships we already have. We’re happier, healthier, and more hopeful. In almost every way. read more

  • On the job
    20 ways to stop dreading your job

    How to make a boring job better

    February 4, 2014

    There’s something inspiring about shifting your focus away from the negative and finding ways to love the job you’re already in — right here and right now. read more

  • Relationships
    21 ways to connect with coworkers

    Your guide to good work relationships

    January 28, 2014

    Your work self is not just defined by the "skills" section on your resume. It’s also about how you interact with people. How you present yourself. How you manage conflict. What you give and what you take. read more

  • Productivity
    Hidden productivity traps

    11 ways to stay energized all day

    January 21, 2014

    What you feed and how you care for the remarkable instrument you call your body affects the physical and mental factors that contribute to productivity: Mood. Confidence. Concentration. Energy. Memory. Your immune system. read more

  • Motivation
    Practice is the key to reach your goal

    How to really, truly reach your goal

    January 14, 2014

    It's not reaching for the carrot at the end of the stick that gets us to the finish line; it's paying attention to what we're doing in pursuit of the carrot. read more

  • Confidence
    Confidence booster

    How to feel better about your New Year's resolution

    January 7, 2014

    January is the season of the stuck moment, when, collectively, we want to fix what we think is wrong with us. And there's nothing wrong with that. But this year, let's start with something we're good at and become even better. read more

  • Year-end gift
    Best of Unstuck 2013

    Best of Unstuck 2013: Key takeaways to live better every day

    December 31, 2013

    In the spirit of building momentum each time we get unstuck, we present you with the best of Unstuck's 2013 advice as printable, pin-able, share-able tips cards. We hope they will inspire and guide you when you're feeling stuck in 2014. read more

  • Productivity
    5 ways to stop procrastinating

    A lifelong procrastinator cracks the productivity riddle

    December, 17, 2013

    Tim Urban knew his procrastination was sabotaging the quality of his work. But what's a guy to do when his brain has a mind of its own? Tim shares the 5 strategies that helped him stop putting things off. read more

  • Productivity
    Routine Mix & Match

    How the right routine can save the day

    December 10, 2013

    Oh, holy routine! Every day, it seems, brings fresh tribute to the early morning habits of Benjamin Franklin or the five things that any successful person must do before breakfast. Success beings to sound like 1% inspiration and 99% perfect routine. But you can't punch out the perfect routine with a cookie cutter. read more

  • Productivity
    Productivity

    How to power up your productivity

    December 3, 2013

    We live in the age of the supercharged supercomputing superbeings supertasking. No wonder we're overwhelmed. The answer isn't to try harder. It's to work smarter. It helps to understand our brains and the massive mental energy costs of our modern lives. Then, we can adjust our habits and increase our capacity to get things done. read more

  • Gratitude
    Gratitude

    Why gratitude makes life better + 40 ways to get started

    November 26, 2013

    You can't just hit-and-run with gratitude — you know, give a little gratitude to get a little happiness. But if we consider and express gratitude regularly, then we can maintain the good feelings it brings. It's a matter of creating the habit. read more

  • Purpose

    A purpose guide for everyone

    November 19, 2013

    Purpose is a process of decision-making, of matching your core values with what you do in your daily life. Our printable Purpose Practice Sheet helps you define your purpose, make room for it in your life, and stay on track. read more

  • Purpose

    Finding purpose: 20 true stories

    November 12, 2013

    Rumor has it that thinking about purpose is a luxury — an excuse for do-gooders or artistic souls who somehow got caught in finance careers. But purpose is what defines who we are and what we do in life. Here, 20 purpose-driven folks tell us what gets them out of bed in the morning. read more

  • Purpose

    The three simple sentences that saved my life

    November 5, 2013

    Morgan didn't have much to complain about: Good job, good friends, a house, a new puppy. Then one day, she looked up from her cubicle at work and realized her soul was dying. Her heartfelt story shows us how it's never too late to act on our reason for being. read more

  • Fear of Failure

    Failure never looked so fun!

    October 29, 2013

    Sometimes kids say the smartest things. So we asked them how they felt about failure. Their answers are nothing short of inspiring (and pretty adorable, too) — all captured in a short video. Ready? 1-2-3 watch! read more

  • Fear of Failure

    How I learned to always have a Plan B

    October 22, 2013

    When it comes to resilience, Corynne Corbett has displayed more than most in the mixed-up world of magazine publishing. Here, she tells her story of ups and downs, and shares her insights that led to creating and acting on her own Plan B. read more

  • Fear of Failure

    5 steps to make failure your friend

    October 15, 2013

    Everybody fails. The secret is that the most successful people aren’t afraid of failing because they don’t waste their mistakes. When they mess up, they become failure detectives, analyzing what didn’t go right and learning from it. read more

  • Fear of Failure

    In defense of failure

    October 8, 2013

    Every day we run into little roadblocks, some of them so small or expected that we write them off as par for the course. But beneath those ready excuses lies the real reason we’re not changing the situation: We’re afraid to try read more

  • Creativity

    A printable & pin-able tip sheet to help you practice creativity

    October 1, 2013

    This collection of ideas and actions is meant to trigger new ways of seeing the world so you can bring inventiveness to the stuck moments in your life, like managing a project or reorganizing your home office. read more

  • Creativity

    How to spark creativity when you’re feeling blocked

    September 24, 2013

    To help us compile a buffet of 19 ways to spark our imaginations, we talked with four working artists whose livelihoods depends on not being blocked. Here are their tips to help you begin, believe, back yourself up — even blow it up your block. read more

  • Creativity

    Inspiration: How to find it, what to do with it

    September 17, 2013

    Inspiration: It’s both a flighty muse and a workhorse we need to help us solve problems in meaningful ways. We don’t mean to sound murky; it’s just that getting inspired isn’t a 1-2-3 process with rules and checklists. read more

  • Creativity

    8 ways to relocate your creative muscles

    September 10, 2013

    Creativity is innate in all of us. It helps define who we are, how we live, how we can make life better. But somewhere between sculpting Play Doh and applying for our first job, many of us get the message that creativity is possessed by only a lucky few. read more

  • Negative Thinking

    5 ways travel can help overcome a negative mindset

    September 3, 2013

    Taking a trip can be an instant refresh. We leave our worries behind, and return more optimistic. Sometimes it lasts. Sometimes it’s lost after the first hour back on the job. And that’s a problem if you’re trying to hang onto your mojo. read more

  • Negative Thinking

    How a bad boss made me a better person

    August 27, 2013

    Laura's first few months on the job were excellent. Then she got a new manager, who refused to be wrong. Laura blamed it all on her boss, right up to the minute she quit. Now she realizes the negativity came from more than one place. read more

  • Negative Thinking

    The danger of comparing ourselves to others — and how to stop

    August 20, 2013

    It’s human nature to compare. It helps us orient ourselves in the world, add context, and communicate better. The dark side emerges when we use others as a mirror or benchmark. And we all do it all the time. read more

  • Negative Thinking

    How to break the negativity loop: A true story of prison and redemption

    August 13, 2013

    When you meet Shaka Senghor, you see a man who’s seen it all — on the streets and in prison. You also see a remarkable person who spent nine years changing his destiny from drug dealer and felon to writer, mentor, and public speaker. read more

  • Change

    10 tools to create or break habits

    August 6, 2013

    We’ve grouped our picks into the four methods we humans respond best to when it comes to creating good habits: String on the Finger, Buddy System, Gold Star Approach, and Eye Openers. Find the right one for you. read more

  • Change

    How to break the habits that get you stuck

    July 30, 2013

    Once we identify a habit that gets us stuck, we can work on kicking it. Because habits are an automatic response, it’s nearly impossible to just stop. It’s much more effective to replace a bad habit with a better one. read more

  • Change

    8 ways to deal with change (based on the habits of successful changemakers)

    July 23, 2013

    When change is thrust upon us — our company is sold or a new principal starts at our kids’ school — we squirm, unsure of what it means for us. That’s when we can take a page from folks who truly believe change is good read more

  • Change

    Possibilities beyond the comfort zone

    July 16, 2013

    When James Bradley entered the hospital, he didn’t know what to expect — he just knew his brain tumor had to go. His story of discomfort and surprising feats shows us that change really is what we make of it. read more

  • Procrastination

    How to silence the fears that stop you in your tracks

    July 9, 2013

    Do you worry about every little thing that can go wrong so much that you end up doing nothing? Jan Bavea and Jamie Palmer do — big time. They share their struggles, and we reciprocate with tips to overcome arresting fear. read more

  • Procrastination

    How to deal with those boring tasks

    July 2, 2013

    You know that annoying task you keep putting off? Arpan Patel, hardcore put-upon procrastinator, has a whole list of things he doesn't want to bother with. We offer him — and you — tips to get the mundane tasks done. read more

  • Procrastination

    How to stop drowning in a sea of details

    June 25, 2013

    Do you ricochet from one task to the next, finishing at the last minute? So does Linda Hollander, who asked for help with her procrastination. Here’s her story and tips on how to handle an overwhelming to-do list. read more

  • Procrastination

    What kind of procrastinator are you?

    June 18, 2013

    The funny thing about procrastination is that we hate doing it when we’re doing it, but it’s hard to stop. Though not impossible. Once we know why, we can reverse our impulses. To find your procrastination style, take our quiz. read more

  • Confidence

    4 tips to ask with confidence

    June 11, 2013

    Oh, there are so many things that give us the jitters when it comes to asking for something we really want, like a date. Or a promotion. Or a loan. Or time off. It helps to prioritize need over fear. read more

  • Confidence

    3 steps that saved my confidence and my career

    June 4, 2013

    The goal seems impossible and confidence plummets. Been there? So has Aaron Burnett, who switched from sales guy to computer nerd with no prior experience. After an "oh sh#t!" moment, he figured out what to do. read more

  • Confidence

    How to speak confidently in front of a crowd

    May 28, 2013

    The prospect of public speaking often hacks away at our confidence. The antidote: Build experience through planning, preparation, and careful attention to details. Keith Yamashita shares 12 of his tactics. read more

  • Confidence

    What to do after a confidence-crushing event

    May 22, 2013

    In a time of hurt, regaining confidence means deliberately shifting away from what feels comforting. We need to sidestep the emotion. Employ empathy. Refocus on our goals. And avoid the very negative joy of dishing. read more