pacing

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I can’t stop thinking about this article talking about LeBron resting during games. If you don’t follow the NBA, all you really need to know is that LeBron plays more minutes on the court than just about anyone else. During the Cavs playoff run, he was spending almost zero time on the bench. How did he do it? James has …

I’m not busy

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At any given time, there’s something I’m trying to either weed out of my behavior/mannerisms, or something I’m trying to incorporate. Right now, I’m focused on how I respond to the question, “How have you been?” or “What have you been up to?” I can’t even count the number of times I’ve said, “Good! Really busy.” Or something similar. Not only …

my meta exercise

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I’m so stoked that it’s warming up in Ohio and I can get back to comfortably running outside again. My gym closed down a couple of months ago, so running has been the only exercise I’ve been taking while I (slowly) look for a new gym. Running outside is great, because I can feel and see myself making progress. I …

the three consequences of overcommitting

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Let me start by saying that I am very, very lucky. As time goes by and I put more work out into the world and meet more new people, I find myself being presented with more and more opportunity. And it’s hard to find yourself surrounded by opportunity! (Though I recognize that feeling surrounded by opportunity is a mindset, and …

the point of no return

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It’s time for me to make another running analogy. Most of the time, my biggest threat is simply inertia (also known as  The Resistance). This seems like so much work. I’ve never done this before. How am I possibly going to do this? One of the ways I push myself through this is to create a different, smaller goal that sort …

opportunity cost is too painless

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If task or project management was Dungeons and Dragons, I would be a Grand Master. Right now, I’ve said “yes” to more things than I should have. I’m overcommitted, stretched thin, and really feeling the consequences. Being a Grand Master project manager, everything is moving forward. I haven’t dropped any balls, and seemingly everything is still going smoothly. But the …

an argument against “shipping”

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You’re reading a daily newsletter right now, and inside this daily newsletter I’ve often talked about the value of putting out your signal and shipping new work regularly, even before you think it’s totally ready. I heard a compelling argument against that recently that I wanted to share. It came from the A24 podcast and a conversation between Bo Burnham …

the magic of a shitty first draft

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If you’re like me, a blank page is probably kind of scary. I write just about every day — and it’s still the bane of my existence. When I was writing scripts for my Linkedin Learning course, it nearly killed me. I learned a lot about my own writing process and how to get through a ton of content creation …

important but not urgent

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The first time I understood the difference of something being important vs. urgent came from a piece from Seth Godin: You know you should be focusing on the long-term journey, on building out the facility, signing up new customers or finishing your dissertation. But instead, there’s a queue of urgent things, all justifiable, all requiring you and you alone to …

look at the film

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I started watching the Facebook original series “Tom vs. Time” about Tom Brady and the way he prepares mentally and physically for the game of football at his age (40). I had high hopes for the show, but it fell pretty flat for me (so I’m not even going to link it!). But what it did bring to mind is …