1. 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. Turkeys are smart animals. They solve problems and recognise friends…

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  2. Dumbphone

    The other day, I talked about trying to unplug more often. This is a continuation in that journey. My phone is the biggest distraction device I own. It’s always at arm’s length and it’s full of…

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  3. The unknown is hard work

    While on our weekend break in Chester, we walked from our hotel to the city centre. The area was completely unknown to us. We were taking in everything as we went, marking the journey by the…

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  4. Unplug

    I’ve spent the past few days in Chester with Ju. The first few months of the year have been hectic; Ju with her new job and me with a busy work schedule. So we decided to…

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  5. Opportunities vs. excuses

    10 opportunities you could take today: Write a thank you note Surprise your partner, friends, or colleagues Say no to something that doesn’t align with your goals and values Share a solution to a problem…

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  6. 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. Here goes: When…

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  7. The importance of a checklist

    I’ve been working my way through The Checklist Manifesto, which, as you can probably guess, makes the argument that we should all be using checklists. The author tells lots of stories to demonstrate the importance of…

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  8. 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. Here are my…

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  9. Start tomorrow

    “Next time you come to visit you must come and see the daffodils before they are over”, Carolyn said. “I will come next Tuesday”, she promised her daughter. Tuesday arrived and it was cold and…

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  10. Today’s priority

    Words change meaning over time. Soon, for example, originally meant now. In The Etymologicon, Mark Forsyth explains: Soon was the Anglo-Saxon word for now. It’s just that after a thousand years of people saying ‘I’ll…

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  11. 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. Seth Godin tells a good story about Stephen King that…

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  12. A snapshot in time

    I recently wrote a post about how our pursuit of perfection can prevent us from sharing what we create with the world: Perfectionism is our brain trying to protect us—from creating something that is embarrassing…

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  13. Accountability

    I kept hearing good things about mastermind groups from my peers. Remarks like “getting involved in a mastermind group is the biggest thing I’ve done to improve my business”. There was a focus on accountability: “you’ll get…

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  14. Why you should never listen to me (or anyone else)

    2 days ago, I said that you should find your own path: The problem with copying is that you don’t understand why you’ve done what you’ve done. You’ve applied the solution without understanding the problem.…

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  15. 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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  16. 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…

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  17. My daily routine

    Yesterday, Darren Beale wrote a great post about his morning routine. Like Darren, I won’t go into the benefits of a daily routine. But I’ll say this: my productivity, and more importantly, my output have…

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  18. Words

    Language is one of the most important tools that we have. Words are the building blocks of the way we communicate. We use words all day, every day. But how often do we think about…

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  19. Risk

    I think it’s a myth that you have to be a risk taker to be successful or to follow your dreams. Richard Branson is a good example. He’s a serial entrepreneur who runs a multi-billion…

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