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February 22 marked the 52nd day of the year and the end of the first 52-day goal period. I never did get around to writing a post listing out my goals for the First 52, so this summary will have to suffice in its stead. I thought, prior to this review, that I did a fair job of accomplishing my goals, but I see now I could have done a   Read More ...

7x52

 History Paul Allen says he’s discovered long-lost Japanese battleship It’s cool when billionaires use their resources for the betterment of history. Miscellaneous  This Woman Flew an F-35 Simulator with Her Mind – whoa. The future! Movies How to Make a Cohesive (and Compelling) Alien Cinematic Universe Aliens is my favorite movie of all, and the Alien and Predator universes are both fascinating. With a new movie in the works, this is a great summary of   Read More ...

Link Roundup

Here are a few interesting links I came across in the last week (or so): Restoring the Old Way of Warming: Heating People, not Places – I wish my son, who loves to wear shorts and no shirt in the middle of winter and complains about it being cold, would read this. How to Grow a Forest Really, Really Fast – This is the lean methodology applied to reforestation. I   Read More ...

Link Roundup

When I decided to set my 2015 goals, I borrowed a core list of seven areas from Jon Acuff’s no longer available blog post: Why I quit New Years Resolutions Another thing I borrowed from Jon was a 52-day goal setting period. He said: I’m going to: 1. Pick a goal or two in each of the 7 areas of life. (e.g. Physical = Working out 4 days a week.) 2.   Read More ...

Groundhog Day Resolutions GTD and Lifehacks

In Getting Things Done by David Allen, he recommends the occasional review of the high level priorities in your life. Mr. Allen uses altitude as a metaphor, where the Runway is your current list of actions and the 50,000-foot view is your goals for life. I’ve created my own hierarchy that looks like this: I look at this year as the longest timeframe. I have a general wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey feel   Read More ...

Groundhog Day Resolutions

In October, I started thinking about my goals for 2015. My goal setting hasn’t been good the last two years, especially in 2014 when my primary responsibility was taking care of my father as he battled cancer. We successfully repaired our relationship and I grew closer to him until the end. That’s a huge win in the important things, but left a lot of other potential untapped. I wasn’t adrift   Read More ...

Groundhog Day Resolutions

I’m a big sucker for seeing the process “under the hood” of other people I consider creative. One such person is Von Glitschka, an illustrative designer from Oregon. I’ve followed Von on Twitter for years and listened to him way back when he was on the Freelance Switch podcast. Here’s his Creative Spark: The Creative Spark: Von Glitschka, Illustrative Designer from lynda.com on Vimeo.

Creativity

Apparently, I missed a great productivity tip from Jerry Seinfeld that Lifehacker published way back in 2007. Seinfeld’s advice to would-be comic Brad Isaac was as follows: He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used   Read More ...

GTD and Lifehacks

I am seriously obsessed over the perfect desk. I didn’t intend to get sucked into an obsession over it, but I really started to think about desks a lot after renting an office at the Elgin Technology Center. I scored a pair of free Aeron chairs for my office mate and me. He pitched a pair of folding tables to use as desks. So we have $600 chairs and $80   Read More ...

Ultimate Office

Austin Kleon has a book out called “Show Your Work!“. It’s a follow up to his first book “Steal Like an Artist“. He says: …if Steal was a book about how to be more creative by stealing influence from others, Show is a book about how to influence others by letting them steal from you. Here are the ten points from the book: Three of these really strike a chord   Read More ...

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