Don't Break the Chain: A Way to Simultaneously Stay Productive and Improve Yourself

April 2, 2014

A great way to be highly productive and get things done is to do a little bit at a time, consistently. One way to do this is to employ the "Seinfeld Strategy." Make a chain, then don't break it.

From Night Owl to Early Bird With Sleep Cycle

March 26, 2014

I'm using the sleep application Sleep Cycle to help me achieve my goal of morphing from a night-owl into an early bird.

My 8-Week Fitness Challenge

March 18, 2014

I took an 8-week fitness challenge. I didn't place and I gained weight, yet I consider it a great success. Here's what happened.

The One Law of Power That Has Made the Biggest Difference

March 13, 2014

The 48 Laws of Power altered how I think about my actions and my approach to things in my personal life and in business. There is one Law of Power that has been critical for me to pay attention to, in others and in myself.

Much To-Do About Nothing or: Some Notes on Field Notes

March 5, 2014

I've always kept physical to-do lists and notes. As much as I love digital devices and use applications like OmniFocus to keep on top of things I need to do, there is no substitute for my trusty Field Notes and a writing utensil.

Here's Looking at You, Kid: Our Save the Date

February 25, 2014

Before designing our wedding invitation book, I enjoyed working on our "Save the Date" card, which I based on a French Casablanca movie poster.

One Word of Encouragement Can Change a Life Trajectory

February 18, 2014

Jeffrey Zeldman had no idea what his quick email response would do for me. Sometimes, it only takes a word to change the trajectory of someone's life.

Every Interaction is a Moment of Truth

February 11, 2014

Every customer interaction is a "moment of truth" and an opportunity for a company to shine. If a company isn't paying attention, these interactions can be disastrous. For one pizza place, ignoring this idea meant a pepperoni pizza delivery would be their first...and their last.

One Blogging Mistake I'll Never Make Again (But I'm Not Sorry About It)

February 4, 2014

This is the first in a four-part, it's not. One thing I've learned is to never say you have multiple posts coming up unless they're 100% finished and in the can. The other is to never apologize for your writing–or lack of writing. Just write what you're going to write and keep moving.

Deciding on a Platform. Winner: Craft CMS.

January 29, 2014

It was difficult for me to determine which platform to use for the latest version of this site. Decisions about whether or not to have a database, and how I would be writing content had me flipping back and forth between different content management systems. I ended up with Craft CMS. Here's why.