Behind-the-scenes advice for busy professionals,
courtesy of Michael Katz, Blue Penguin Development

Year: 2023

  • feel very rushed.

    I suppose that’s no surprise; it’s the shortest day of the year so there is less time to get things done. I hope you agree that makes no sense – it’s just a story I’m telling myself and clearly not true. Other stories are harder to spot… … the prospect isn’t getting back to me because they…

  • have my finger on the button.

    The unsubscribe button, that is. That’s because this is the time of year when my email inbox is filled with special offers and donation requests from people and organizations I have not heard from all year (maybe ever). It’s a good reminder and opportunity to remove myself from lots of mailing lists. Here’s the thing: once a year…

  • don’t have a Facebook account.

    I woke up to several alerts from Facebook regarding a suspicious log-in and other activity on my account that occurred during the night. By the time I clicked the “It wasn’t me” link on the email alert, Facebook had already PERMANENTLY deleted my account due to bad behavior. That’s right. They gave me five hours’ notice –…

  • have unsubscribed from 8 email lists.

    And it’s not even lunchtime. Like you, I’ve been receiving a ton of holiday sale promotions. What I’ve noticed is that the ones I tend to unsubscribe from are the people/companies who I rarely hear from otherwise. For those who have been in touch – especially those who have been sharing useful, no-strings-attached information during the…

  • am going upstairs.

    At the airport, that is. When I pick my son Evan up, I will meet him upstairs at “departures,” even though he is arriving. Why? Because on the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, the arrivals level will look like an LA freeway at rush hour. Upstairs, on the other hand, will be very quiet, since by then…