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  1. 2016: year in review

    This is my second year in review post, the first being last year. This post also marks my second year of self-employment.

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  2. On burning out

    Earlier this year, I burnt out. It's horrible, partly because it's invisible. It's hard to self-diagnose. I also share a few things that have helped me since.

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  3. Seasons

    Creative work has seasons. Part of the work is to know which season it is, and act accordingly.

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  4. 30/30

    To wrap up 30DWC, I thought I’d share some things I learnt from the experience.

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  5. Impact

    You only need an audience of one to make an impact.

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  6. Monthly themes

    I'm exploring the idea of picking monthly themes as a way of focusing my energy and attention on a particular area of interest.

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  7. Guilt

    Guilt – anxiety and regret, too – will drain your energy and are enemies of productivity.

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  8. Disclaimer

    Disclaimers, wordy intros, apologies: they’re all unnecessary.

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  9. Autopilot

    In Robert Cialdini’s classic book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, he introduces the concept of Fixed Action Patterns by giving the example of wild Turkeys.

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  10. Dumbphone

    My phone is the biggest distraction device I own. It’s always at arm's length and it’s full of Apps that provide instant gratification, but later invoke feelings of guilt for having wasted time and energy.

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  11. Unplug

    The past few days has reinforced the importance of disconnecting. I believe creating space and margin in our lives is important for being creative and doing our best work.

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  12. Opportunities vs. excuses

    Every day, we're presented with an infinite number of opportunities and we're equipped with an equally large arsenal of excuses.

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  13. Half-time Q&A Session

    Several of us taking the writing challenge are regular listeners of The Tim Ferriss Show. We thought it would be fun to answer questions that Tim Ferriss regularly asks on his podcast.

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  14. The importance of a checklist

    The problem is that our jobs are too complex to be carried out by memory alone. The humble checklist provides defence against our own limitations in more tasks than we might realise.

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  15. How to come up with ideas

    We’re now 13 days into The 30 Day Writing Challenge. The biggest hurdle that I’m hearing over and over again is: I don’t know what to write about. I don’t have ideas.

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  16. Start tomorrow

    “The Daffodil Principle”: the life-long pursuit of moving towards goals and desires one step at a time.

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  17. Today’s priority

    The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing.

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  18. Our fascination with tools

    As part of 30DWC, I've been sharing everything I've learnt about writing and there's one obvious topic I've avoided: the tools I use to write.

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  19. A snapshot in time

    What you create today isn’t going to represent you forever. It’s merely a snapshot in time.

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  20. Accountability

    The idea of accountability is attractive. We all want more motivation.

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  21. Steal your ideas

    I had a get out of jail free card while writing this post. I stole every idea here from someone else. Stealing ideas is not only a good idea, it’s the only way to start.

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  22. Find your own path

    During World War II, American soldiers landed on a remote island in the South Pacific to set up a temporary military base. It was here that the American soldiers met indigenous tribes, natives who had never come into contact with the modern world before.

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  23. My daily routine

    My productivity, and more importantly, my output have dramatically increased since employing a daily routine. There’s a reason why some of the most prolific artists, writers, and entrepreneurs have a daily ritual.

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  24. Words

    How often do we think about the way we communicate? How often do we consider the words that we use?

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  25. Risk

    It’s a myth that you have to be a risk taker to be successful or to follow your dreams.

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  26. Perfect

    Perfect is a barrier to shipping. Perfectionism is the enemy of progress.

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  27. Why I’m in Oxford

    This is the story of why I purchased a Smashing Conference ticket without thinking twice.

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  28. Reading more intentionally

    Over the past 18 months (since starting my own business), the theme that ties together my thinking and writing has been living a more intentional life. And this project is a natural extension to that idea: reading more intentionally.

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  29. Useful plugin: Page Analytics by Google

    A brief overview of a Chrome plugin I just discovered called Page Analytics by Google. The plugin displays a toolbar at the top page with relevant statistics for the page you're on.

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  30. 2015: year in review

    2015 marked the end of my first year of self-employment. It's been a fun and, at times, challenging journey so far. This is a review of my year and goals for next year.

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  31. 3 simple ideas

    I know many of you are thinking of going freelance one day. How can you prepare? What are the skills and attributes you can work on that will help you when the time comes?

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  32. The /now page

    The /now page is simply a page that lists what you're doing now, a public declaration of priorities.

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  33. Your internal compass

    Planning is guessing. Things change. Things that you can’t predict. Instead of planning and guessing, I've been working on my internal compass.

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  34. A new home

    Plausible Thought is no more. I’ve moved everything over to my own domain—something I’ve been meaning to do for a year or so.

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  35. You’re not unique

    I feel like I'm not alone in struggling to find something that's truly unique about what I do or the way I do it. Someone, somewhere, will have the same thoughts, the same ideas, the same unique selling proposition.

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  36. Journaling: day one

    Writing, or any creative endeavour, isn't magic. It's hard work. And you need to create the right conditions for that hard work to take place.

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  37. Thoughts on freelancing as an introvert

    You’ll probably already have some idea of where you are on the introvert/extrovert spectrum. Building a business with that in mind will help you leverage your own tendencies.

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  38. How many hours should you work?

    Our society has created a culture that promotes long work hours. If you work long hours, you must be important and successful, right?

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  39. The muscle theory

    Exercise the traits you want to be known for and starve the ones you don't.

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  40. I’m going freelance

    As of next month, I will be a full-time freelance frontend web developer and owner of 16by9.

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  41. You are not late

    Kevin Kelly wrote a wonderful piece called You Are Not Late in which he puts things into perspective.

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  42. The raft

    A raft at sea is useless. It moves around aimlessly—back and forth—to nowhere in particular.

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  43. On blogging

    Don't get distracted by your writing environment, or the CMS, or your blog template. Focus on the writing.

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  44. Fifty

    These discussions helped form who I am today.

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  45. Progress and reassurance

    There are no version numbers on the web. No one asks you what version of Facebook you’re using or if you could just install a 200mb update.

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  46. 500 words

    I'm setting myself a new challenge. Over the next month I’m going to write 500 words a day.

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  47. Time

    Time is a valuable asset we all have. We're thrifty with our money, yet most of us spend our time without much thought.

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  48. My GeekTool F1 desktop

    Display the number of days until the next F1 race and at which track on your desktop using GeekTool.

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  49. Using shortcodes in WordPress

    Shortcodes in WordPress are an easy way to add dynamic information to a post or page without the need to type any HTML...

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  50. Podcasts

    2013 was a great year for podcasts. Here’s a run down of what I’m currently listening to...

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  51. Working with clients

    These are all things I've learnt, read or been taught over the past couple of years. They're also things I wish I'd known when I started out.

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  52. My Sublime Text setup

    This article outlines how I currently have my editor setup and some of the features I use.

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  53. How can we make a ruckus

    It’s important because why else are we here? We won the lottery. We have the right parents, we were born in the right decade, we are the wealthiest generation in the history of mankind.

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  54. I want to write

    From this day forward I will write to get better. Perfect is forever out of reach but the act of doing will surely get me closer.

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  55. Drop down terminal with iTerm2

    I’m a recent convert to using the Terminal. I use it all day, every day. From pushing changes in Git, to creating files and directories, to downloading sites using wget, Terminal has worked its way into my workflow.

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  56. A new microsoft.com

    Trent Walton (who, along with the team at Paravel, helped design & buid the new Microsoft homepage) wrote a great piece on the redesign of microsoft.com.

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  57. Microsoft’s new logo

    For me, the promise that the Metro design aesthetic brought, the promise that Microsoft was still relevant, has gone. Let me explain.

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  58. Inspire kids to learn to code

    Code Club is an after school coding club for children aged 10-11. Like the two co-founders, I also share the belief that it is essential that children are introduced to coding at an early age and shown how much fun it can be.

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  59. Testing websites using the iOS simulator

    As iPhone and iPad sales continue to rise, it’s becoming increasingly important to test websites on the iOS platform. Here is a quick and easy way to test your website on both the iPhone and iPad using the iOS Simulator.

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  60. Huffduffing

    Recently I‘ve started using Huffduffer. It's a tool that allows you to put together your own podcast of audio files.

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  61. Helvetica

    Helvetica is an extraordinarily well-made documentary film by Gary Hustwit about ‘typography, graphic design and global visual culture’.

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  62. Hello world

    Plausible Thought is my new home on the web. A place where I hope to share links and write short articles.

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