This summer marks two important professional birthdays: the opening of the S4D one year ago (huzzah!) and opening Third Hand Works itself twelve years ago (my entrepreneurial self is old enough to be bat mitzvahed! mazel tov!) – two events worthy of celebration.

I’ve been brainstorming all the ways I could celebrate these birthdays, but nothing really felt right until I connected these dots…

First, I stumbled onto an article in a popular science magazine about gift giving which described three (thankfully) evidence-based (because they feel counterintuitive to me) rules for giving good presents:

  1. Simple and practical makes people happier than fancy and expensive.
  2. Don’t overdo the gift wrap. (It sets the recipient up for disappointment).
  3. Ask what the person wants. (It’s very hard to guess correctly – even for people you know well – which results in lives full of well-intentioned-but-unused clutter.)

Reading those rules reminded me that the season of refinement and ripening is about simplification and paring away what isn’t necessary.

And that’s when it dawned on me the best celebration of these milestones would be to give you the gift of taking something away. To simplify our relationship rather than complicate it with more stuff. To remove what’s getting in the way of what you want to experience here.

unsplash-fireworks-smallIt’s so very tempting to plan this sort of celebration (and business overall).

unsplash-sparkler-smallWhen this would be much more fun and satisfying for everyone involved.

Creative that I am, I have no difficulty coming up with all sorts of things I could build (I’m sure you know how it is). But I suspect much of it is fancy, over-wrapped, well-intentioned-but-useless stuff that you don’t really need. So I’ve decided to follow that gift-giving advice and simply ask: What do you want?

That’s an overwhelmingly open-ended question, so I’ve come up with few specific things I’d love to know about you and the time management- and productivity-related information, tools and opportunities for connection that would rock your socks right now. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, but you’re welcome (and I would be delighted) if you took more time to share more details and ideas.

And since this is a celebration, of course there are presents! I’m giving away the e-guide of your choice + an hour of private coaching from me to three lucky people. Just enter your name and address at the end of the survey to enter the drawing. (Of course, this is entirely optional. You can reply to the survey completely anonymously if you prefer.) I’ll draw three names and notify the winners on Wednesday, June 1. (The survey itself will close Thursday, June 9.)

You’ll find my questions about what’s on – and not on – your wish-list here. (Again, they’re easily answered in about 10 minutes.)

Bushels of thanks for sharing your input! I know whatever we’re celebrating a year from now will be even more awesome than what has been created so far because it will have come from collaboration.

With tremendous gratitude for what has come before and eager anticipation of what’s next…
peace and love,

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