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How to Wake Up Early

Go to bed early. Really. Try it. It works!

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Don’t Waste Time Waiting Around

A pot of water does not boil faster if you stare at! At work today I ended up having to fix a bunch of things with my work laptop. I updated my operating system,  recovered a bunch of files from a backup disk, had to free up space on my hard drive when it maxed …

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Deadlines Are Good

I’ll guess that 80% of meaningful work gets done in the last 20% of time left for a project. Software bug counts drop. Papers magically extend in length with great polish. Videos are created and finished. Trips are planned. Home improvements are completed in the nick of time. That final 20% is a magical time. …

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You Have Enough Time

You have more than enough time in your life to do whatever you want to do. If you think about the number of hours in your life, and then think about the small fraction of those hours so far that have been spent doing things that are worthwhile, memorable or generally fitting with your life …

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One Powerful Technique to Get Things Done

I watched a recent talk by Getting Things Done (GTD) author David Allen. A ton of folks in the technology community like the approach, possibly because it appeals to highly structure folks and those that love to create systems and use technology in new and interesting ways. I have no doubt that the GTD system …

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Be Resourceful

We never lack resources just resourcefulness. The next time you think you don’t have enough time to do something, just consider how much time you spent thinking instead of doing. There is always enough time, money or skills available if you are willing to put aside excuses. I always am at my best when I …

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Get Back in the Groove

I have a tendency to go to extremes. I set clear and sometimes audacious goals, achieve them (at at least give it a good attempt) and then frequently fall off the bandwagon a bit as I succumb to what I call the “post-goal blues.” When I raced triathlons, I found this “disease” to be common …

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Simplify

It’s harder to be simple than it is to be complicated. Even though most of us know that having a simple life is actually one of the keys to finding happiness, it is a tough thing to put into practice. Entropy is always at play, and things seem to expand and grow to fill up …

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Just Do It

Just do it. I really like that slogan. Say what you will about Nike…. When you are on the fence, non-committal, waffling and not sure if you should or shouldn’t do something, just committing and trying it out (in my own experience) is the best approach. Only by committing and just doing it will you …

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5 Tips For More Energy

People ask me all the time about what I eat (since I am Vegan) and what kind of smoothies I drink and why. Most people ask me these questions because they want to loose a few pounds or gain some strength, but in almost all cases I think the real motivation for the question is …

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How to Keep Your House Clean

I am a big fan of not creating problems that I will need to solve later on. I do not love cleaning, but I do enjoy a clean home. The best way I’ve found to keep my house clean is to not make it dirty or messy in the first place! This sounds incredibly intuitive …

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Things Seems Worse From A Distance

I’ve had experiences lately where I have not wanted to do things. Practicing yoga, teaching yoga, going to work, eating healthy, calling someone, doing my taxes, cleaning up, etc. Normally I don’t need a lot of motivation to do thing, but the past few weeks have been an exception. Reflecting on this experience I find …

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Why Do New Year’s Resolutions Fail?

It’s another year, and another time to reflect on the amazing things have been created over the past year, while also considering great new possibilities for the coming 12 months. It’s also a time of year when gyms and health clubs are packed and hordes of people are crowding the organic produce sections at the …

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The Dip – When to Quit and When to Stick

Source: Seth Godin’s Blog I was reading Tynan’s blog and his recent post about Seth Godin’s book, “The Dip.” I just finished reading Seth’s most recent book “Tribes” <very short and very good> so this caught my eye. So much so, that I just headed over to the library to check it out. Now, less …

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Keep It Simple

Tynan has another great post about life simplification…this time it’s about fashion. Can you imagine only owning a single pair of pants? A little grungy sounding I agree, but can you also imagine how easy it would be to get dressed every morning! No wasted time or energy deciding what colors to wear or having …

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Smart Phone Made Me Stupid

In March I disconnected the data service to my Smart Phone. This means no e-mail, Facebook or web browsing on my phone. Text messages are OK, that’s it. My phone may have less IQ right now, but boy was it a good move. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that this single move has …

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Stimulus Response

I am a mouse on a wheel. It might be a shiny, diamond-studded wheel that spins all nice and smooth, but it is still a wheel. I’m a stimulus/response machine. I don’t see this as an inherently bad thing. It is what it is. It’s this behavior that has helped me succeed in many things. It …

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