Category: Productivity

On Making vs. Managing, Discipline, and Objectives

Set objectives so you don’t completely sacrifice making for managing Wow, this is the first post I’ve written on my personal blog in 16 months! Sad. And this is exactly what this article is going to be about: The reasons why I haven’t blogged in a long time The impact managing has on making Why […]

Beeple’s $69M NFT Sale – A Story of Consistency

Beeple’s massive NFT sale is a lesson in consistency and getting better everyday. The graphic artist Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, just sold an NFT (Non-Fungible Token) for $69,000,000 dollars at a Christie’s auction. An NFT is a piece of digital artwork that is minted on a blockchain to prove ownership. Google the term […]

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Where do you go to do your best work?

I was chatting with a fellow startup buddy who primarily works out of coffee shops around DC. I asked him the question, “What’s your algorithm for selecting which coffee shop you’re going to work at each day?” He said that it depends on the type of work that he needs to get done that day. […]

With no weekly deadline, I’m more interested in blogging

Usually, when I lay out goals and input recurring tasks into my calendar, I’m more likely to stick to them. For instance, when I challenged myself to blog for 30 days straight, I got it done. After that challenge was over, I set a goal to write these personal blog posts once a week and did […]

Expectations can really mess with your mind

Expectations can really impact your judgment in life, business, and careers. We have expectations for everything. If they’re met, happiness! 🙂 If not, sadness or anger. 🙁 A recent conversation led me to think a lot more about how expectations can really mess with our minds. Expectations of restaurants The other day I was chatting […]

The two sides of “checking the box”

Checklists are really valuable. They are an extremely helpful productivity tool that can keep you on track and organized when executing projects. For instance, when I created episodes for my podcast, I had a Trello card that included 30 checklist items that needed to be completed before launching the episode.  This checklist identified who was responsible for […]

Three reasons why taking good notes is so important

I believe that note-taking is a very important skill, one that is often overlooked and under-appreciated. Note-taking is often an afterthought, a mere formality. But I believe that taking good notes is even more important in today’s technology-oriented world. First of all, meeting attendees are easily distracted by their phones and rarely pay full attention […]

Using your commute time productively

Commuting sucks. It can be stressful and draining, and you literally lose sleep because of it. I’m pretty lucky that I only have long commutes two days a week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have to drive out to Columbia, MD from DC, and half of that ride I’m with my wife because I drop […]

Slack, distractions, and Twist

If you read this blog, you know that I’m all about finding ways to increase productivity and minimize distractions. And the more and more I use Slack, the more I hate it because it’s a constant stream of distractions. I’m not alone. See here, here, and here. Don’t get me wrong – Slack is an […]

Reps and Sets

I interviewed David Cancel, Co-founder and CEO of Drift, for my podcast a while ago. Drift just raised $32 million from top-tier investors, and he has started 5 companies. The guy knows what he’s doing. One of the things he always talks about is “reps and sets.” Reps & Sets. The simple secret that most avoid. […]