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Your One Wild and Precious Life

This is usually a work-focused blog but I wanted to break from that, for a moment, to ask you a question – What is it you’re working for?  I’ve asked myself this question at least a dozen times in the last several weeks. And reflecting on it led to the realization that: The periods of my life marked by […]

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Eliminate Email Anxiety

It’s hard to think of anything we assign more attention and anxiety to on a daily basis than email. Over the years I’ve experimented with literally dozens of plans to increase productivity, improve flow, and lower work-related stress. During the holidays I re-read parts of The 4-Hour Workweek and discovered that implementing #3 below radically improved my ability to […]


1 Simple Question to Relieve Work Stress

If you are like everyone else on the internet, you probably suffer long periods of distraction. And if you’re distracted there’s a good chance you’re procrastinating. (You’re not the only one.) Let go for too long, these many small procrastinations morph into one mammoth stressor. This is the kind of stress that makes you talk […]

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Reverse To-Do List

I am a list builder. I break projects down into their most granular tasks and write them down in a to-do list on an old school scrap of notebook paper. If you look around my desk, folded and tucked neatly reused as bookmarks into books on my shelf, and in my round file cabinet (aka […]

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Responsibility is the price of greatness.

— Winston Churchill