The Lies of Impostor Syndrome

I love this one by Jorge Cham of PhD comics. Reminds me of all the times that I’ve had anxiety attacks when asked to push outside of my boundaries. So, a few things to remember: Prof. Jones has plenty invested in the success of his students/team. And a good leader will see things in you Read More …

An Element Of Efficiency: Slowing Down To Speed Up

With all the work I’ve done studying organization and productivity systems, a common element: taking time to thoughtfully consider actions. In today’s day-and-age, it’s easy to get caught up in stimulus:response, on reactive reactions. Or, as the adage goes, “running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off”. Taking time to: Determine the scope Read More …

Food for Thought: Anil Dash’s “The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men”

I’d forgotten about Anil’s post to Medium a “little ways back”, so I was able to look with fresh eyes. “The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men” I really appreciate his efforts to amplify responsibly. And have tried, over the years, to take the same idea to heart. I may not have Anil’s reach, but I Read More …

The importance of my calendar, and other tools 

Oh, trying to stay on top if the mania of my life. It’s not easy right now, nor has it been so in ages. Trying to get everything I want to do done is hard.  My friends and family know that I need to enter anything asked if me into my cakebdar. If that doesn’t Read More …

A new productivity tool

Just discovered Best Self. After briefly skimming their site, I see a lot of potential with their productivity tools. There’s a journal that intrigues me.  It’s set up for 13 week goal setting and tracking. I like the way they break down your goals and then build out plans to make them happen.  Keeping focus Read More …

Contemporary Communications

A current cultural value: speed. Faster, faster…get more done sooner! So, with that, one of my recent personal observations: I need to slow down. In the grand flurry of work, I find it easy to wrap myself up in the frenetic nature of life and reactively communicate. My most common culprit: email, though other medium Read More …

Thoughts on Effectiveness and Hope 

I’ve long been a devote of Steven Covey. To this day, I try to keep his principles in mind.  One of the central elements is the importance: urgency grid.  The upper right grid is the key place: but urgent and important. Urgent and important grab priority, followed by urgent and not important. Not important and Read More …

Paper vs Digital Notes and Vanishing Information

Today I was thinking today about the past. I worked on at project, in the mid-nineties, for Amazon. They were located in a single building in downtown Seattle, very close to Pike Place Market. Nothing to dramatic, just installed terminals in a new call center. I had fun. My main memory: a guy brought his Read More …