chapter twenty-twoBetter Off Somewhere Else? Get On the Happy Bus…or Get Off the Bus

“You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.”

—Mike Blakely, “Closing Time” song

Julie was a pile person. Her office was scattered with big and small piles of papers, files, and magazine articles she had clipped to read later. Each pile represented a different project. Each project was late. Piles are procrastination. Piles are frustrating. Piles remind you that you have a terrible time when it comes to hitting the ground and running. No surprise, then, when Julie couldn’t complete her projects on time.

One day, her boss said, “I don’t care how you do it, but it’s time to change your habits. I can’t have more of your projects delayed. I can’t have you ...

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