Reading Time: < 1 min I strive to be very efficient with my work, and I share that on here quite a bit with nearly 200 posts in the “productivity” category. At times, though, being inefficient on purpose can be a good thing. The first is one that I’ve shared a few times, and that’s the process of a weekly […]
Hashtags are just words
Reading Time: 2 min You’ll find hashtags on almost every social media platform, and occasionally on some websites. While they can be very helpful in certain cases, they tend to be wildly overused. First, they almost never help with rankings. If you include the hashtag “#DigitalMarketing” in a post of yours, the only value that brings is if other […]
Networking versus alliances
Reading Time: < 1 min While I hate the word, I spend a lot of my time “networking”, though the more “networky” the event, the less likely I am to attend. It’s important to expand your circle of contacts, but standing around trading business cards isn’t likely to do much good. In his book “Integrity“, author Henry Cloud compares traditional […]
Calm can be faster
Reading Time: < 1 min If you can remain calm in a pressure-filled situation, that calm can be contagious and help everyone stay more level-headed. While some examples in there are about slowing down (walk briskly through your house to a crying child rather than run), sometimes staying calm can actually make you faster. Jeopardy When James Holzhauer went on […]
The Kindle Sidekick
Reading Time: 2 min Not long ago, Grey and Myke from the excellent Cortex podcast released a new product called the “Sidekick Notepad“. It’s a paper notepad, intended to go between you and your keyboard, for quick notes throughout the day. Here’s a photo of it from their site: In listening to how it came together, it seems like […]
Use fleeting notes to avoid yak shaving
Reading Time: 2 min Before I dig into this post too much, I should probably quickly explain the title. Fleeting notes (or disposable notes) are those quick notes that you take during the day. This could be using Apple Notes or Google Keep, or even just a notepad on your desk. Yak shaving is when you have one issue […]
A trusted partner?
Reading Time: 2 min I get a lot of spam in my inbox every day, and I’m sure you do too. Most of it is just blatant spam, but there is still a subset of it that thinks that it’s just “cold marketing” — which I still categorize as spam. I think a lot of that comes from folks […]
Humility can help you seem real
Reading Time: 3 min Starting back in 2006, Dos Equis ran a series of commercials featuring “The Most Interesting Man in the World”. If you’ve not seem any of them before, here is an example: When reading Robert Carnes’ book “The Story Cycle“, he made an interesting note about these videos and the bit of humility they always showed […]
Do you want to garden your notes or not?
Reading Time: 3 min As I’ve shared before, I’m all-in on using Obsidian for my note-taking right now. I’m very happy with how things are set up, and it’s working very well for me. As I’ve used various note-taking platforms over the years, I’ve grouped them together in different ways. One way I recently shared was Sync vs Saas […]
Hard to Easy, or Easy to Hard?
Reading Time: 2 min The “boots theory” is a fascinating look at how living in poverty can cost more than living with wealth, at least in a few ways. In his 1993 novel “Men at Arms“, author Terry Pratchett shared this story: The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less […]