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The Difficult Conversations

“We need to talk…” …are the four least-favorite words you want to hear from someone you care about. Every relationship has them; subjects where you know you disagree, or where the topics touch on painful memories, or trigger deeply-held fears. They may be unresolved decisions; opinions about people or issues; They are the things that …

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The Optimistic Nihilist

”The process can kiss my ass. Throw processes under the bus if they aren’t getting the desired result.” – Matt Krause “I just do what I like every day, and good things seem to happen as a result.”-Nate Damm Ever stop to think about the big picture? I’m not talking about the gamble that is …

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Practicing Sick

It’s been a rough few weeks. I had pneumonia coincide with the biggest event of my year in San Antonio. Not surprisingly, I didn’t recover quickly enough to avoid coinciding with another not-as-big-but-still-significant Open Space in Chicago…but thought I was on the mend, really I did, to the point where I started to push myself …

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In Search of the Ultimate Organizer

I can dream, can’t I? All I want is one system, one place where I can organize my entire life, from the personal to the business to the lifetime goals, and have it mesh seamlessly with everyone else’s systems. Oh, and it should be fun to use, combining both the joy of a notebook with …

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Old Man Yoga

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I dislike yoga. Perhaps, though, “dislike” is the wrong word. I would hate to be thought one of those ridiculous examples of toxic masculinity that pretends that yoga is somehow emasculates a person. I would never claim that yoga is easy, or ineffective. Because it’s yoga’s very …

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The Security of Failure

Last weekend was the 47th Annual MadFest, a juggling festival here in Madison, WI. I used to be quite active in this community, but for five years in a row I had another commitment that kept me from the Festival, but for the past two years I’ve been able to attend. Let me tell you, …

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Three Daily Planning Layouts to Try in 2018

I know better than to try to set resolutions this time of year. Also, after 2017, there’s a bit of a grim “batten down the hatches” attitude. In all honesty, there’s a part of me that looks at 2018 with a level of gibbering fear that has nothing to do with politics or climate. I’ve …

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The Interrupted Practice

Today was supposed to be a much simpler post. It was going to be a simple layout of how I do my notebook…ahem how I aspire to do my notebook, both for the monthly layout and the daily one. However, I think I need to own up to a different issue, one that ties in …

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Returning to What Works

One of the hazards of writing a personal development blog is that you end up with an embarrassment of riches. If someone stopped me on the street and said “Can you recommend a good to-do list app?” I’d could hook them up. “Tell me the pros & cons of GTD” and we’d have to get …

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The State of the Habit

I remember the good old days when I felt that my voice wasn’t needed. There were plenty of people who were saying important and useful things, often better than I could say them, and therefore I hung up my virtual pen and took a hiatus from this blog. When I did that, though, I also …

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