Measure your day. It might surprise you.

Which daily tasks are important? We all have a routine. Whether it is checking email, talking to office mates over morning coffee, or going to the gym, we organize our lives into a series of rituals to make sense of things. And which of these things are not very important? I talk to customers frequently…

Take a moment to say hello today

We all live in our cocoons – our preferred foods, music, routes we take to work, and perhaps even the ideas we take for granted. What would happen today if you said hello to someone you didn’t know yet, or someone you haven’t talked to in far too long? It might be great – you…

Routines can get routine

It’s easy to get in a routine. Right now I’m in my normal commute: get up, head to the park and ride, and take a bus to Seattle. But routines can get routine. A friend sent me an email today asking why I was having trouble maintaining a commitment to a project – it’s a…

Make your commute into “go time”

This essay is a contribution to the Startup Edition essay project. See other essays here. At 7:30 every morning, where are you? Are you in traffic, or just getting into your car? The bus, the train, or the carpool can be your “go time”, combining getting to work with one of the most productive times of…