More does not equal better

I originally wrote this on LinkedIn… More ≠ better. One of my favorite weekly podcasts just started publishing daily. Listening to it once a week was a “no-brainer.” I already carved out the space for it. I knew it was going to be good. Hitting play required no thinking. Now I have to pre-filter. Read …

That’s not good enough

Really appreciating Patrick Lencioni’s At The Table podcast. Episode 24 touched on an important phrase that very few people share: “That’s not good enough.” Why is it so hard to share this crucial bit of feedback? Does it make us a jerk to tell a colleague (or even a loved one) that they can and …

Single-purpose Machines

One of my goals in 2020 is to disconnect from daily smart phone usage. My plan is to keep my current smart phone for Google Maps and emergencies in my car, and remove all other apps (even email!) For calls and texts, I want to find the best “simple” phone. I’m drawn to the philosophy …

Getting sick

I’ve been under the weather for two weeks now. There’s something about getting sick (especially early in the year) that zaps your momentum. Habits fall apart. Free time is spent resting. Ideas are weak. Posts don’t get published. Time disappears. One of my 2020 driving principles is to not waste time. This makes going to …

Solitude

I’ve been going down a path of digital and physical minimalism this year. Mostly to declutter my mind and life a bit, but also to start building some healthier life habits. You probably could have guessed this by my 2020 reading list. One concept in Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism that has struck a chord is …

Crumbs #003 (01/26/2020)

First week at work! It was great to get back into the swing of office life. I was a bit sick in the beginning of the week. Feeling better, but still a bit of head congestion. Finally read Atomic Habits. It was okay. I think I learned about as much as I’ve learned reading blogs …

The Commute

After ten months of working remotely, I’m back at in an office. With this transition, I’m also back in the car for over an hour each day. I didn’t realize how important my commute was until it was gone. I’m generally not a believer in “work-life balance,” but more of a proponent of “work-life blend.” …

Unsubscribe

One of the most fruitful changes to my digital habits this year was unsubscribing to any email list that was non-essential. I’ve been able to significantly reduce my volume inbound email. This was a tough task. I’m a rabid content consumer. I hate missing out on things, like when my favorite band is working on …

Make the unconscious conscious

Finished up Atomic Habits by James Clear. This popular exploration of how to build habits that stick came out a few years ago. I started it when it was released and quickly lost interest. Clearly I didn’t have enough discipline or interest in improving or understanding my habits. One quote in the book stood out: …

You Are It

I’ve been digging into Joseph Campbell lectures this week. One specific phrase caught my attention: Tat Tvam Asi, or “you are it.” In Hinduism, this helps associate the self with the “Absolute.” Being raised Catholic, I’ve been taught that God created us in his likeness, so while we are of God, we are not God. …