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Entries from February 2008

Feb 28, 2008

The Best Advice My (Nutty) Karate Teacher Ever Gave Me

If you’ve ever taken a look at my photo, you might be surprised to discover that I’m a killing machine. That’s right. Green belt black tip in the deadly art of karate, courtesy of three years of classes at my local YWCA. This is a few years back. I’d like to pretend that my martial […]

Feb 27, 2008

The 10 O’Clock Rule

This is a nifty one, simple to implement and, in my experience, surprisingly effective. Set your watch to beep every night at 10 o’clock. When your watch goes off, get up that instant and prepare for morning. Whether you’re in the middle of watching a DVD, rushing to meet a work deadline, reading that one […]

Feb 25, 2008

Work + School + Life = Impossible?

Okay, the Discrete Math class I’m taking is kicking my ass. I did pretty well during the first half of the course, but now the amount of work is intensifying. I’m learning lots, but is it really possible to work full time, take classes, blog, and still have a fabulous designer life? I’m beginning to […]

Feb 22, 2008

Decimate Those “Someday” Projects with Triangulation

You’ve got at least one Big Project on your someday list, or at least in the back of your mind: that novel/painting/web start-up/symphony you’ve always wanted to tackle “when the time is right.” One day, you tell yourself, when there’s a nice long lull, you’ll get to it, but until then it’s nose-to-the-grindstone on more […]

Feb 19, 2008

Quickly Prioritize Notes with Color-coded Shorties

I’m a stationery nerd. I can’t resist poring over the shelves of office supply stores for unusual items that might fit a tricky niche in my productivity lifestyle. Occasionally I strike gold. For instance, this weekend I discovered Pacon‘s exellent blank tagboard flash cards. They come in boxes of 1,000 in an assortment of 5 […]

Feb 14, 2008

Where to Find Greeting Cards that Don’t Suck

Being a designer is a curse. Why? Because everything around you looks like crap. That includes menus, signs, websites, business cards, and worst of all, greeting cards. Go down the greeting card aisle in any drugstore, and you’ll soon be overloaded with banal cartoons, flowers, and kittens. And don’t even get me started on the […]

Feb 13, 2008

What I’ve Been Up To

I’ve been a little quiet lately and just wanted to let you know I haven’t fell off the face of the earth. Although I hate talking about myself, here’s what I’ve been up to and why I haven’t posted very much recently: I’ve decided to continue my edumacation and am taking a course at Stanford, […]

Feb 7, 2008

Master a Skill in Stages

It’s an oft-quoted truism in books on learning and productivity that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve true mastery in any skill, from composing symphonies to playing tennis. Is it true? I have absolutely no idea. It’s certainly an appealing concept, though. We’re used to thinking of genius as an elusive, magical thing that springs […]

Feb 4, 2008

The Task Tarot

Divination is the art of foretelling the future through the interpretation of seemingly random signs. For instance, hieromancy is the art of divination using animal entrails. (I’ll leave it up to you to figure out what kind of entrails are involved in anthropomancy.) Clearly, ancient peoples had even more anxiety about how they were going […]