Recent Notes

These are my musings on web design, development, productivity, and life as a digital knowledge worker.

What’s so great about The National?

The National are arguably one of the greatest bands alive today. I would argue that anyway. My wife disagrees because one time when we saw them live she thought Matt Berninger drank too much wine and was an asshole. I think Matt Berninger probably thinks he’s an asshole so I’m not sure that’s a good…

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How to think

I’ve been reading Alan Jacobs’ book called How to Think and it is such a needed book in our day and age. There are some serious gems on how to approach the practice of “thinking” and some truths that often get ignored when people put thinking into practice. Here are a few ideas that stood…

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No more parenting drama?

As a parent, Daniel Siegel’s book No Drama Discipline is one of the resources I return more than any other. Getting your kids to do what they’re told is a constant battle. And most of the conventional wisdom on discipline just does not work. The following information has been a game-changer in our household: Discipline…

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Improve communication to better your life

Social skills are the currency of social interaction and improving your conditions in life. At face value, improving communication and connection with others will lead to happiness in relationships.Moving past the obvious benefits, improving your social skills can also mean success in other areas of your life: Career – Improved communication skills can advance your…

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Practice the Sabbath

“Sabbath isn’t a time to catch up on tasks. Nor is it simply a time of rest to prepare for a busy week. It is a time to revel in the beauty and delight of simply being.” – Abraham Heschel Whether you identify with the spiritual practice of the sabbath or not, it can be…

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Make your priorities the priority

I once spent a week in St. Paul, Minnesota in a beautiful Airbnb in Mounds Park. I was freelancing at the time and I had a client that turned everything into a fire project because of poor planning and even poorer management. I should have told this client no and enjoyed my week off, but…

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Five products on my desk

Your environment can make a big difference to your productivity. That is especially true of the objects you keep right in front of you. Here are five products on my desk that have helped to increase my productivity: Ugmonk Gather – a modular desk organizer with customizable attachments, including a headphone stand and coasters. Ugmonk…

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Why ask why?

I started Khe Hy’s Supercharge Your Productivity course this week and I appreciate how he frames the course by starting with asking why instead of jumping right into the nuts and bolts of using Notion. This reminds me of something that Thomas Merton says about how we all know that life is meaningful, but we…

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I hope you don’t misread this

I came across an article that discussed a series of studies on written/digital communication. These studies showed that the recipients tended to misidentify emotions conveyed in the messages. Another study revealed that there’s even a psychological negativity bias that takes place in written messages. Positive messages often get mistranslated as neutral and neutral messages are…

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How to choose the right apps?

There are no shortage of apps to choose from. For example, there are specialized apps for note taking, task management and time tracking. Then there are apps for categories that you may not even know exist. This is especially true as new technologies like Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence continue to change the market.How can…

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