Recent Notes

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

Pagan productivity

I enjoy learning about productivity. I consume everything I can on different methods of getting things done, prioritizing todos, and optimizing my time. Over time though, I’ve realized that productivity can become the end instead of the means. I think of this cold, rationalistic obsession with getting things done as pagan productivity. This type of…

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My favorite journaling techniques

“[Ralph Waldo] Emerson would look back on his voluminous journals as his savings bank.” – Robert Richardson, First We Read, Then We Write Journaling has had a profound impact on my productivity and my mental health. Over time as I have learned about different journaling practices, I have incorporated these techniques into my routine. Here’s…

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What I wish I had known about money

I am embarrassed to say that I did not have a good understanding of financial literacy until I was already in my mid-30s. Here are the resources I wish I had in my early 20s: Books Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin – Start here, one of the best books on financial literacy I’ve…

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Writing is power over chaos

In the Hebrew Bible there is a word, tehom, which is used to describe the initial chaotic state that exists before God creates the world. The word refers to the primordial cosmic waters that raged across the earth. These waters were full of mythical creatures and sea monsters like leviathan, the famed sea serpent. In…

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The best sources for learning conversion rate optimization

Conversion rate optimization is so often one of the last things a company thinks about when building a website, but it is the lifeblood of any successful business doing online marketing. When I first started learning about conversion rate optimization (CRO) I had a lot of trouble finding GOOD resources on the topic, so I…

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Building a second brain is NOT about software

I am in the 12th cohort of Building a Second Brain (henceforth BASB). I thought that in the course, I would learn how to set up the perfect software system for capturing everything. Four weeks into the course it is slowly dawning on me that this is NOT the point at all. Building a second…

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How to get all A’s

Even though I’ve been out of college for a while now, I still found Cal Newport’s book How to Become a Straight-A student relevant to my work as a web designer: Eliminate Your Question MarksIn order to prepare for any quiz or exam, eliminate your question marks by asking questions throughout the semester instead of…

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You probably won’t read this

…and I’m ok with that. In fact, I am writing these atomic essays mostly for myself. The single biggest reason I joined #ship30for30 was to stop thinking about writing and actually start writing. Throughout this exercise, my goal is to try out different writing styles and see which topics resonate with others. I don’t know…

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People are not the means

I recently read about Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperatives and ethical rules for living. Kant said that people should always be considered an end and never a mean. In other words, don’t be a selfish asshole hurting all the little people on your way to the top. I don’t think most people set out to be…

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The vinyl Pomodoro technique

I’ve been collecting vinyl for several years now. A while back, I started experimenting with the Pomodoro Technique and I made the connection that most vinyl records are broken down into two 20 to 30 minute segments. So I started to use vinyl records to keep track of Pomodoro sessions. Obviously this isn’t as exact…

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