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Your gear means nothing if you forget this part

Posted by in Lifestyle Design

In his latest post, Jonathan Fields talks about you and your gear. Read it here: http://www.jonathanfields.com/the-killer-app-is-you/ Your gear is not what makes you special. Your gear is not what makes you able to do what you do. Sure there are times when a little function on a camera lets you do something special or those skis you are wearing let you get out onto the snow. When it comes down to it though a pro with an iPhone is going to blow me out of the water with photography no…read more

Challenge Complete: 2 weeks of blogging every day

Posted by in Personal Development, Uncategorized

I talk about challenges a lot. I do them regularly. I like how they’re short, hard, and full of variety. You can experience something without doing it forever. They’re easy to start because they don’t last that long. My only problem is stacking them on top of one another. That doesn’t work. This post is the last in my most recent challenge, 2 weeks of writing. A small mastermind I’m in decided that we all needed to publish more. What better way to focus on something daily than to do…read more

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Travelling Clears Your Habit Slate

Posted by in Travel

I like travelling because it gives you a clean slate to work with. You are in a different place, sleeping in a different bed, eating different food, seeing different things and people. So much of your habits relies on your routine. You are in the same place so you do the same things. Think about what you eat and do at home. Or at work. So much of that goes out the window when you’re in a totally different place. Think about when you go on vacation and how much…read more

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Find Your Curators

Posted by in Personal Development

There’s a lot of information flying around these days. It’s impossible to take it all in. On blogs alone, there’s 2 million new blog posts every day. We can’t possibly do something with all that information. So how do you stay on top of new important things? How do you sift through all the junk to get the good stuff? Find your curators A new breed of curator has risen following the proliferation of information and ideas online today. It can be hard to find the good ones but when you…read more

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Chunking

Posted by in Productivity

Overwhelm happens to the best of us. In this hyper-connected world these days, there’s so much going on. There’s so much information coming in and we know, to the second, what every single person we know is doing, what they’re buying and where they are going. It’s hard not to get competitive with all these perfect “Facebook Lives” we see and push to attain all those things ourselves. That leads to one conclusion: overwhelm. We try to do everything. We try to please everyone. We try to be perfect like…read more

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Don’t Let Your Life Get Stuck in Maintenance Mode

Posted by in Lifestyle Design

I work in an IT office where we talk about maintenance, service level and projects a lot. Like, all day sometimes. Maintenance is the work you do on an ongoing basis. It doesn’t change much, it can be repetitive. It’s basically keeping the lights on and the email running. Service level is how much you are giving your clients on a regular basis. If you keep systems running to do email that’s one service level. If you want to give them more, you increase your service level. Projects are new…read more

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Where todo lists fail

Posted by in Productivity

The problem: There are tons of things on your to do list. You’ve written them all down. They are categorized beautifully, have clear descriptions and use verbs to describe what you need to do. But they still don’t get done. You’ve done all those things that everyone says that make todo lists magically get everything done right? Not quite. Where todo lists fail To do lists are great for dumping everything you need to do into an external brain. But that’s it. I’ve tried so many to do list apps…read more

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Trello Tips

Posted by in Business

I use Trello a lot for managing tasks for work and personal projects and just little things I need to keep track of at home. These are some of the tips I’ve run across that make Trello easier to use. Trello 101 If you haven’t used Trello before here’s a quick overview. Imagine organizing a bunch of sticky notes in columns on a whiteboard. The sticky notes are tasks to do, and the columns can represent anything you want, statuses, phases of a project or something else. That’s what Trello…read more

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Becoming Aware

Posted by in Personal Development

During meditation, beginners are often taught to be aware of their thoughts. To watch them arise, follow their course, and then fall away again. It’s a very tough practice to get into and that’s one of the reasons meditation is so hard. There shouldn’t be any judgement when you come up with these thoughts, just watching them like you’re floating above the thought. The first time I heard that, I thought it was crazy but when I tried doing it, when I tried watching my thoughts, instead of being active…read more

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Being Strong to be Useful: Giving Thanks for Movement

Posted by in Fitness, Lifestyle Design

It’s Thanksgiving in Canada today. I’m going to add my 2 cents to the slew of other blog posts that probably came out today about what I’m thankful for. Everyone writes about that on Thanksgiving. I guess there’s a reason for that. I’m always thankful for my friends and family and being born in a time and a place that affords me all the things I currently have. It makes it much easier to live an interesting futuristic lifestyle compared to 50, 100 or 300 years ago. I love playing…read more

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