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


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


Trello Tips

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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


Project Momentum

Posted by in Personal Development

I’ve just recently finished off a big project that I’ve had going for over a year. It feels good. It feels really good. It feels good to be done. It feels good to be able to think about other things. It feels good to not have that nagging project saying, “I’m still not done yet.” It feels good to say that I finished it. With that momentum, I’m going to carry on trucking right through into the next project I have lined up. Riding this wave of momentum I can…read more


2011: The Year of the Hustle

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2010 was a great year. I learned a lot. A lot went well. That said, I felt like I didn’t have much direction. It was fun trying to get involved with everything that came along but in doing that I was stretching myself thin over what I was already doing. Overall the year felt like I was bouncing back and forth from starting one project to another but not finishing anything. Thus, I’ve decided to dub last year Year of the Flail. Flailing around last year definitely kept things interesting….read more