Life

The Maker Schedule Update

A while back I announced an attempt at changing around my schedule. Specifically I was hoping to take advantage of the idea of “Maker Time”, a focused block of time without breaks when I would work on a single project. Towards that end I blocked out four hours five days a week, with the following …

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The Maker-Time Schedule

This would be one of those “public accountability” posts, or maybe just a “notice of an experimental life hack.” As you may remember, a while back I tried out the concept of “Maker Time” – with some fantastic results. I’ve also been trying to come up with a more definitive schedule for myself because my …

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Practicing Maker Time

The Hypothesis: As I’ve mentioned a while back, 2015 is a year where my over-arching focus is intended to be a complete abandoning of any “time-management” techniques. That is to say: I don’t want to manage my time, I want to master it. Managing is something you do with what you’re given; mastery is what you …

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Life

Improving Your Time Perspective

My over-arching personal-development theme for 2015 is “Mastery of Time.” It comes from a few inspirations, most particularly the definition of luxury promoted by Tim Ferriss: Luxury is feeling unrushed. It is designing a life that allows you to do what you want with high leverage, with many options, all while feeling unrushed. Now, I don’t …

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learning to wait

“WHAT DO WE WANT?” “PATIENCE!” “WHEN DO WE WANT IT?” “NOW!” As lovely as our technological information age has become, it’s certainly speeded things up. One of the reasons I enjoy reading about history is because it puts some things in perspective. When I think about the years my grandfather and grandmother spent apart, only …

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Love

loving yourself from the future

I Love Myself. Well, let me be more specific: I love the me I used to be. I look back on old pictures of myself, with my kids, in the military, in high school and college. I see, with the benefit of perspective unsullied by emotion and sharpened by distance, the things that made that …

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Love

making room for what you want to love

Scene: A Dark Parking Lot in the South of Madison “Why are you giving me a ride this morning?” my partner asked me at 5am as we walked toward the car in the pre-dawn darkness. “Because I’ve had finish next chapter on my to-do list for the last three days, and it keeps getting put off,” …

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Ritual is Easy; Routine is Hard

In Search of the Mundane Today while listening to The Simple Life Together podcast, I heard an interesting definition of routine vs. ritual. The idea was that routines are made up of habits, and habits, as we know, require no thought – they are the reason I still tend to get off on the John …

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Life

Avoid Burnout by Living Deliberately

Traveling at the Speed of Life Take care not to smoke too quickly; for the best possible burn, taste, and aroma, smoke as slowly as the cigar will allow. – Hayward “Lou” Tenney Cigars require attention, lest you suffer the dreaded “burnout”, when it simply stops smoldering and starts smelling. But the rate at which …

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