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  1. 2017: year in review

    What went well and what went badly in 2017 and things I’m thinking about for 2018.

  2. A framework for setting goals

    Many of us have an allergic reaction to goal setting. We’ve set goals before and not stuck to them, so why bother this time? If a person doesn’t have a goal, they can’t fail. That’s…

  3. The Case for RSS

    David Sparks on why he prefers to use RSS: The reason I’ve stuck with RSS is the way in which I work. Twitter is the social network that I participate in most and yet sometimes…

  4. Seth on writing

    Seth Godin, author and blogger, just published his 7000th post. Every day, Seth writes and publishes to his blog. And his secret? The secret to writing a daily blog is to write every day. And…

  5. What is the smallest step you can take?

    Charles Roper wrote a great piece called Kaizen in which he talks about breaking down big things into small steps: In taking tiny steps, we become accustomed to the change. We get used to it little by…

  6. Todoist: the filters I use

    This is the second post in a mini series I’m doing on how I use Todoist. The first was about how I stay focused using a custom start page. Here are the filters I currently…

  7. The 30 Day Writing Challenge is back

    There’s just a few days left before the 30 Day Writing Challenge begins which means there’s still time to sign up. Perhaps you have a blog that’s gathering dust or there’s a book you’ve been…

  8. Yuval Noah Harari on Meditation

    Yuval Harari, author of the fantastic book Sapiens (which I’ve started and still need to finish), was a recent guest on The James Altucher Show. Go listen, it’s a great interview. One of my favourite parts…

  9. Cortex on time tracking

    In episode 44 of Cortex, Myke and Grey discussed time tracking. I have a love/hate relationship with time tracking. As an employee, I hated it. It made no sense to track 7.5 hours per day (because…

  10. AirPods: first impressions

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of AirPods since they were announced in September last year. Mine finally arrived after ordering in late December. Here are my initial thoughts after just over a days use:…

  11. Mastermind groups for freelancers: what and why?

    You’ve probably already heard about mastermind groups and how great they are. I know I kept hearing about them. So, last year, I started a mastermind group to find out what it was all about. And…

  12. 2016: year in review

    As the year draws to a close, I like to look back at what was and looking forward to what might be. This is my second year in review post, the first being last year.…

  13. On burning out

    As I sit here, tapping away on my keyboard, I feel like a fraud. A charlatan. An imposter. I feel like what I’ve been through isn’t that bad. Like what I’m about to say is…

  14. Seasons

    Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like An Artist, recently wrote a great post called Seasons. He describes how Corita Kent, an artist who lived in Boston, would sit and observe a maple tree in her garden…

  15. 30/30

    Phew. 30 blog posts in as many days. There were a few close calls; days when I thought I’d slip up. But I’m glad I persevered. 30DWC has been incredibly rewarding, in no small part because…

  16. My favourite drink

    This is my second filler post during 30DWC. I was on deadline today, so any time for writing went out the window. It’s now 7.30pm, the project has gone to the client for review, and…