Monthly Archives: October 2012

Let’s Stop “Working Harder.” Priorities, Decisions, Strategy.

It's not about working harder. Or longer. Or more. It's not about competing to get less sleep. (This is stupid.)

It's not (always) about staying up later to beat the competition. (I prefer to beat them and go to sleep early, isn't that an even better win?) It's not about finding ways to grind yourself to the ground.

It's about working better.
It's about strategy.
It's about figuring out priorities.

It's about making a decision with the time you have, because time, as an input, is limited. It's about saying no and deciding not to do things, even though a decision feels like you're killing something.

Sometimes, it's about finishing.

It's about making the decision to have the AND. I'm going to have a beer AND work hard AND go for a run AND take the time to relax. I'm going to build a business AND do my project. I'm going to do only the best things for each, and not grind myself to do all of the things.

It's also about making the decision to say NO. I'm NOT going to go out, I'm NOT going to go to that meeting, I'm NOT going to work late, I'm NOT going to answer every email, I'm NOT going to have coffee with everyone.

I'm going to take the time I need to be the person I need to be, completely.

I'm going to take time off from work, because work is not everything.

I'm going to prioritize the things that are calling at my soul, and stop doing the things that waste my time.

I'm not going to do more, I'm going to do better. And smarter.

The only system you need is the system that works. Constantly and vigorously test if what you're doing is getting what you need done, and how to make it leaner. If you're an overachiever, ask yourself how to do a whole lot less and get the same results. Go on, try it. Now you have more time.

Prioritize. Say no. Work better. 

Look, The Trees.

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” — Martin Luther Sometimes while running, a single tree will stop and leave me breathless, unable to move. A tree. I love them so much, these windy, twistyContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Indianapolis: PowderKeg 2012

I spent the last weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana, as part of the inaugural 2012 Powder Keg Conference put on by The Verge celebrating StartUps, Developers, and Innovation in the central hub of Indiana. While I’d been to Indiana before, I’d never made it to Indianapolis, and it was beautiful to see another Midwestern city inContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Feasts, Powder Kegs, New York, Filming, Indianapolis + Lots of Link Love!

Rooftop Yoga On The Standard, NYC. What another whirlwind of weeks! I touched down in San Francisco a couple days ago, just in time to see that the entire city had turned orange (Halloween and the Giants in the playoffs will turn this city somewhat crazy), and as soon as the wheels landed, it seemsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

You Are Loved.

In the wake of the horrible bullying and the national headlines–from Matthew Shephard 14 years ago, to the Boy Scouts’ recent denial of an Eagle Scout Honors to a brilliant young man because of his sexual orientation, to the sickening videos by Amanda Todd, the young victim of internet bullying who took her life this week–myContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Prioritize action over fear.

In the doing of things, mistakes will be made. But you are doing the things, and that is good. In the face of fear, you can wait or do nothing. You can also choose to act despite the fear. (And not doing something is actually doing something). Choose wisely.

The only constant is change.

“You don’t get better by staying the same.” You get better by doing something different. By trying new things. By pushing out of your comfort zone. You don’t become the best by doing what everyone else is doing. You do it better. You think of completely new things and you try them anyways. You keepContinue Reading