Reflection Frameworks

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is typically a change of pace for most people – even if they don’t go on vacation – and a socially acceptable time to reflect and make large changes in your life. I am intentional about goal-setting and have found that having a framework – a simple … [Read more…]

Personal Pre-Mortems

If you are like me you can get into a mindset of negative thinking where you can poke holes in any potential project idea or action. After all, thinking of doomsday scenarios is a marketable skill when you actually take action to prevent them, but in our personal lives having this negative view is very … [Read more…]

Be A Digital Adult

Most of us reading this post are adults. We take care of those around us, hold down jobs, pay bills, shower daily and do other things that are considered mature. We avoid the struggles of children: petty conflict, biting others, and openly weeping when our bananas break. But the world has changed and done so quickly. … [Read more…]

The False Dream of a Clear Path

I have this fantastical daydream that I entertain often: I get a week (or weekend) to myself and I am able to do all the work, all the projects, all the catching up that I want to do. Sometimes I go on a trip to achieve this, or maybe a blizzard has me stuck in … [Read more…]

The 5-minute Journal

Last year I bought, in some sort of moment of defeat against the capitalism of productivity tools, a product called The 5 Minute Journal after hearing a few people talk about it. (Important note: since I bought it the creators have created the following video which would have made me not buy it if I … [Read more…]

Personal Retreats

Every year I take a weekend to myself and go on a personal retreat. This tradition started years ago when I took a sick day from work and rode my bike from Atlanta to Alabama and back.  When I returned I felt like I had been on vacation for weeks: my energy and spirit were renewed … [Read more…]

Obsession with Tools

Last year I wrote, but I also wasted a lot of time not writing. I read more and wrote a book while procrastinating writing another one.  Looking back I can see a good deal of fake work performed – work that did not move the ball forward but felt like work – and one specific … [Read more…]