6 Tips to Bring Sanity to the Overwhelmed Creative

Yes I wrote a book all about Analogue Productivity, but in September 2018 I started looking longingly at task managers and project management tools again. I gave 2Do a shot, then looked at the upgrade pricing for OmniFocus. I tinkered with the idea that Things 3 was the update that would work for me. I […]

Colour and Bullet Journal

The thing I like about this Bullet Journal is the colour. I do my weekly plan by colour so I know what’s going on. If you want to see how I do Bullet Journal, and organize my whole system around going analogue, then you can read about it in Analogue Productivity.

Are you the jerk that works all night and breaks the project?

Until about ten years ago, we admired those who could survive on only four hours of sleep and those stalwarts who worked through the night. They were heroes, people whose fierce devotion and commitment revealed everyone else’s fecklessness and frailty. Then, as sleep science reached the mainstream, we began to change our attitude. That sleepless […]

How do you ‘finish’ focus time?

I’ve talked a bunch about focus time and that you need it. That you need to block out a few hours, I like three, and focus on the task at hand. But some of you have had questions. Here’s one from Lucas: Quick question about your focused time. Writing a book isn’t so different than […]

What Good Employee Feedback Looks Like

Most businesses do employee feedback in the form of a yearly review. It’s what they’ve heard someone else does and by making it yearly, they only have Schedule time for it once a year. But there are a few issues with that. First, you’re showing that you don’t value it if you’re thinking trends towards […]

Your Team is NOT Comprised of Adult Sized Children

People are considered adults in their private lives, at the bank, at their children’s schools, with family and among friends — so why are they suddenly treated like adolescents at work? Why can’t workers be involved in choosing their own leaders? Why can’t they speak up — challenge, question, share information openly? – The Seven […]

Your Stupid Waffle Language

Vagueness allows an escape from responsibility. I can never be “wrong” about anything, because I can always claim to have been misinterpreted. – Academic Language and The Problem of Meaninglessness How do you commit to things with your clients? I know they may not understand every little technical detail of what’s going on. The thing […]

Dealing with a Micromanaging Client

Have you ever had a client that checks in 27 times a day? One that tells you exactly where to push that pixel? One that judges everything you do down to the last tiny detail? That’s called a micromanager. Most times, they don’t actually realize what they’re doing. The first thing you need to do […]

That time Drip didn’t offer me solutions to my problems

Gather ’round, it’s story time. This is a story of woe and it may include some profanity, though it’s edited for the under aged among us. It’s the grand tragic tale of how it cost me $1250 to get started using Drip. It’s a cautionary tale for you, as you look at your client services. […]

3 questions to ask when you see a shortcut to profits

As as developer, I’ve written lots of code for clients, and many of those pieces of code can be reused for new projects. Where clients think we’re building something totally new, I can see how under the hood we’re building a new UI on a similar idea from a previous client. When I see these […]

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