April 2010

Writing Assignment: Factual Reporting

04.30.2010 Books and Literature

If your goal is to become a better writer, you need to practice. Here’s your writing assignment for today: write a short report accurately describing an event. I have never read a news report or story that I’ve had any connection with that fully and accurately conveyed the event. Why is that? Because writing about [...]

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Secrets From The Other Side of 50

04.29.2010 Business

OK, here I am on the other side of fifty years old and now that I’ve got my invitation to the AARP I thought I’d share some of the wisdom I now have by spending a half century on the planet. It’s very simple, actually. Imagine yourself at twenty-five years old. What did you know [...]

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04.28.2010 Future

Today I am fifty years old. I’m going to pause and think a bit about things. Enjoy your day.

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Work Ahead – Planned, Considered Blogging

04.27.2010 Business

Writing is hard work – don’t let anyone tell you it’s not. And for those of us who publish blogs regularly, it can be difficult to produce fresh, thoughtful material on a regular schedule. I publish five days a week without exception. And it is work. It’s enjoyable, but it’s work. And it can be [...]

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Simple Productivity Task of The Day: The Shape Of The Day

04.26.2010 GTD

One of the things that calendars, to-do lists, and most productivity planning tools do poorly is let you view both close-up details and long-range perspectives of your schedule at the same time.  Here’s a simple practice used by my friends Ann and Gary Ralston from Ralston Consulting called “the Shape Of The Day.”  It can [...]

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