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Entries from January 2008

Jan 31, 2008

Your Prep Card: Don’t Leave Home Without It

You’re about to ask your boss for a raise. You’ve got a big pitch meeting with a potential client in five minutes. It’s time to negotiate your first home purchase. The adrenaline’s pumping. The stakes are high. You’ve got all the salient points of your argument down pat, your various counter-arguments holstered, and you’re ready […]

Jan 29, 2008

What Michelangelo Can Teach You About Good Design

After marveling at Michelangelo’s statue of Goliath-vanquishing [David,][1] the Pope asked the sculptor, “How do you know what to cut away?” Michelangelo’s reply? “It’s simple. I just remove everything that doesn’t look like David.” While I’m not totally sure of its accuracy, the conversation still offers three very sage design lessons:

Jan 28, 2008

Archive the Web with Diigo

Del.icio.us was a big discovery for me. The ability to access my bookmarks anywhere, share them with others, and discover my friends’ favorites: Wow! But I had a moment of truth the day I clicked a months-old bookmark only to discover that one of my favorite pages on Web design had vanished. D’oh! I’d really […]

Jan 18, 2008

Sleep: You Need More

Hey, you. Yeah, you, the one reading this post instead of working. You need sleep. Seven to eight hours. Really. More than exercise. More than your weekly review. More than World of Warcraft. How many times have you read an article in some magazine about a Tony Robbins-obsessed CEO who claims to get up at […]

Jan 16, 2008

The Grain of Salt

If you read productivity blogs and self-help books regularly, you’ve probably gotten something useful out of them. Maybe you’ve gotten rid of some bad habits, or organized your desk (and kept it that way). Maybe you lost weight, or quit smoking, or developed a better relationship with your spouse. On the other hand, you’ve almost […]

Jan 11, 2008

The Lightning Bolt

It happens all the time. You start with the best of intentions. You’ve implemented your new productivity system or habit, you have a clear, manageable set of tasks, a strong goal, all the motivation in the world. Then, the lightning bolt. Suddenly, your energy and willpower drains out of your body. You slump forward, a […]

Jan 9, 2008

Can’t Miss: Macworld Expo 2008, Baby!

It’s that happy-joy-joy time of the year again. Yes, Macworld Expo kicks off next week in San Francisco on January 15th. Steve will be delivering the keynote, and is expected to entice Apple fans with a new mouthwatering product. The rumor mills are abuzz with whispers of an overhaul to Apple’s notebook line and the […]

Jan 8, 2008

Don’t Play Office, Just Play

In his excellent book, Everything is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger quotes Socrates, who suggested we “carve nature at its joints.” In other words, when categorizing, we should look for natural distinctions to make before inventing our own. When I first became interested in productivity, I tried simplifying my life with a better system. I tried to […]

Jan 3, 2008

1Password to Rule Them All

It’s tough keepin’ up with the gluttony of “insanely great” Mac utilities. Everyday, VersionTracker lists scores of new apps ready to tweak, optimize, and organize all the crap on your computer. For the most part, I ignore them. Usually, they’re so buggy and poorly designed, I just send them straight to trash after trying them […]

Jan 2, 2008

A One Bucket System: The Ultimate Productivity Heresy

First of all, a very Happy New Year to all of you LifeClever readers. I’ve been a pretty faithful GTD adherent for several years now. Barring project lists, which have never seemed worth the effort to maintain, I’ve stuck to David Allen’s guidelines no matter what combination of calendar, task list, and capture system I […]