Chase Ruzek

Managing “Productivity Anxiety”

Managing “Productivity Anxiety” Productivity

“Are my issues too small?” asked James, a recent coaching client. He was unsure if he was making the most of our session by discussing the household tasks filling up his to-do list. It didn’t take but a few seconds for him to answer his own question. Despite our seemingly mundane topic, he recognized we […]

A Simplified Guide to Life Planning & Prioritization

A Simplified Guide to Life Planning & Prioritization life planning

Life planning can include yearly intentions, quarterly goals, daily habits, weekly habits, monthly goals, weekly to-do’s… the list goes on. I’d be amazed by anyone who wasn’t questioning how they could keep track of it all.  Proactively planning our lives can feel like an impossible juggling act, whether or not one is a Type A […]

3 Insights from my 30-Day Digital Detox

A little over a month ago I was one of those people that make a post on Facebook that they’re leaving Facebook. However, I acknowledged I would be back in thirty days. Like many others who have read “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport, I was inspired (convinced) to try a 30-day digital detox. The Concept […]

SILENT for 10 Days… Here’s What I Learned

When I first told people I was going to attend a 10-day silent meditation retreat, I didn’t hesitate using that word: retreat. However, that word evokes images of a beautiful view, feelings of comfort, and a do-whatever-you-want type of experience. And that was NOT this! This was a challenging course designed to train the mind, […]

A Better Way to Tell Someone How You Feel

Have you ever been in a conversation that escalated into a heated argument when you were only trying to express how you feel? It may go something like this: We’re simply trying to express our point of view to let the other person know how we feel. All of a sudden, they get defensive. Then […]

The Difference Between Positive & Negative Emotions

Have you ever stopped to consider: what is the real difference between positive and negative emotions? Most people understand that emotions like fear, sadness, anger, etc. are a part of life, but they view them as an unwanted part. The bad part. The avoidance of negative emotions is one of the biggest obstacles in our […]

What Processing Emotion Looks Like

We’re often told that it’s necessary to process our emotions in difficult situations, such as during a break-up, being let go from work, or becoming ill. It sounds reasonable, but we’re rarely told what this actually looks like in practice. Do we try to feel sad and force out some tears? Do we just allow […]

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