mind your own business

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I fell into a trap this weekend. As I was rebuilding my website, I did a lot of looking at the websites and product offerings of other people in my space. I listened to podcasts, watched webinars, and read articles. And as I got deeper and deeper into what this entrepreneur offers, this other business model, how this individual exploded …

Do Not Disturb

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Coming from the background of Product Management, I had come to accept notifications as a necessary evil. Email, Slack, text, calls, support messages, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, GroupMe, and so on. I was obsessed with being available for my team to support them on a moment’s notice to get the ball out of my court (my mantra as a PM) …

easier said then done

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It’s hard to build up the courage to do something new, even when you really care about and believe in it. I’ve felt absolutely certain something will work, but still felt that Resistance in the back of my mind (my lizard brain) that whispers doubts and can stop me from taking action for days, weeks, or months. One of the …

when non-negotiating and mechanical method fail

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I’ve been thinking for a few days how to write this piece without sounding like I’m totally contradicting myself. Maybe I can’t. I’ve written about the mechanical method and not negotiating with yourself to get things done. And most of the time, those two tactics totally work for me and I’m able to push through the momentary blocks. But what …

non-negotiable goals

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Yesterday I wrote about not negotiating with yourself. I ended that piece by mentioning the importance of setting goals. Something that really helps this fight is having very well defined goals that I have attached a strong reason why I’m pursuing, and have created an emotional attachment to achieving. Step one is setting well-defined goals. The more clear your goals, the better …

am I pushing hard enough?

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Every now and then, I run into someone who just floors me with their hustle and intensity. Personally, I’ve stopped hoisting the flag of “HUSTLE! GRIND!” because I think it is too often associated with dangerous, irresponsible, and counterproductive lifestyle habits. Clearly, I embrace, advocate for, and believe in hard work. I believe in working hard with intention over the …

how to recalibrate

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Recently I wrote about how deadlines can be liberating, but as someone who is taking a risk and doing something for the first time, there is more to be said about making explicit agreements with yourself. Currently, my income is not completely predictable, and my primary income in the coming months is still an assumption. In this reality, it’s very common …

the power of habit

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Some of the stongest driving forces in of our lives are the habits we’ve formed. I know that isn’t a revelation, but it’s undeniable and worth revisiting from time to time. So I’m going to share some of the habits I’ve formed, habits I’m trying to form, and habits I’m trying to break. I invite you to reflect in the same …

sometimes I don’t want to write

In Art and Creativity, Mindset, Productivity by Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

This probably won’t surprise you, but it’s not easy to write every day. Like a lot of things, it’s a continuum: some days I’m inspired to write multiple pieces, other days I want my piece to just read, “TAKING THE DAY OFF.” But most days, I love the challenge and the practice. And most days I have something I genuinely want …

deadlines can be liberating too

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Earlier this week, I sent an email about a couple productivity hacks I’ve been using lately (ahem, the mechanical method). It spurred a challenge to go on Facebook Live and put those methods into practice…which I accepted. In that video, I named my primary objective for the day, which was to create a personal roadmap. My problem was that I was being too …