Personal Development 42

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Mar 26, 2023

An Open Letter to My Mental Boardroom

A note to all the people that help make me better everyday.

Nov 21, 2022

If Your Loved One Has a Stroke

This year, I became my mom's co-caregiver, medical advocate, and financial administrator. I have learned an enormous amount about myself, Medicare, hospitals, assisted living facilities, the power of attorney process, medical advocacy, and mental health that might be helpful to others.

Dec 12, 2021

We Need Your Beginner's Mind

We need your experiments and your questions and your feedback. Your lack of understanding is a valuable attribute that goes away as you gain experience.

Mar 06, 2021

Cards to Live By

A little system I use to remember what's important to focus on during the day.

Feb 14, 2021

Curiosity, Freedom, and Truth: My Path to Mindfulness

Despite still riding out this pandemic with young children, the last 5 months have been a different internal experience than any other I can remember because of mindfulness.

Jun 27, 2019

Specializing vs Generalizing

Should you specialize and go deep or generalize and go broad? I'd argue they they are two sides of the same coin.

Jun 11, 2019

Improvement as Experimentation

I've gone through many transformations in my life. I have been lucky a number of times in a way that benefited me. I've also been unlucky a number of times that held me back.

Jul 10, 2018

Pitfalls of Being a WordPress Developer

Something happens to you as a developer when you start on and stick with a single platform for a long period of time. As you get better and better at that platform, you get further and further away from the rest of the ecosystem.

Jan 13, 2017

Getting the Non-Essentials Done

After years of reading about productivity (a generally unproductive thing to do), trying out different techniques and apps, and journaling, I have finally constructed a system that helps me complete concrete tasks consistently and efficiently.

Dec 08, 2016

How I Focus Now

After reading several articles and a great book, Deep Work by Cal Newport, I’m sold: focus is tough, necessary, and at a premium. I’ve been on a month-long discovery process to find how to work more efficiently (in other words: less screen time with more output), produce better, and avoid negative thoughts.

Nov 16, 2016

Digital Detox

Before this, I wasn’t just losing time, I was actively harming my thought process for the rest of the time that I wasn’t distracting myself. All of this consumption, in the name of doing more and better, was robbing my ability to do just that.

Oct 19, 2015

Much Needed Inspiration

An incredible movie, a life-changing product, and a quote. Might be just what you need right now too.

Jun 12, 2015

Lessons Learned in Agency

I've been doing agency development and design work for almost a decade, and customer service for almost 2. But I learned a lot when the tables were turned.

Mar 23, 2015

Become A WordPress Developer Overnight After 4 Months of Work

This is a summary of an email I sent to someone who wants to get into creating custom WordPress themes and plugins. I've been doing this for over 7 years now and would like to think I have something interesting and helpful to say about this.

Jan 12, 2015

A Few Thoughts on WordPress Performance

"WordPress is a server hog" ... "WordPress keeps crashing" ... "You can't run a fast WordPress site" ... I've heard these kinds of statements over and over for years.

Jan 05, 2015

Systematic Goal Elimination

I made a few significant life changes to achieve a set of personal goals that I’ve been chasing for years. I think we call this a “resolution” but I’m hesitant to use that colloquialism. These changes need to stay with me for the rest of my life.

Apr 29, 2014

Connecting Strategy to Tactics

Like a lot of people, I have many, many ideas going on at once and many, many tasks that need my time and attention, both of which are in short supply. Where do I start? What do I do? Where is my direction?

Feb 18, 2013

Two Worlds, Existing Side-by-Side, Always In Conflict

On how I have made a commitment, each day, to never getting mad, irritable, frustrated, depressed, or negative, no matter what. This probably sounds a little trite to some, maybe totally obvious to others, but it's something I needed to understand. "When the student is prepared, the teacher appears," says Brother Ali .... preach on.

Aug 14, 2012

Thoughts on Focus

I think a lot about focus, what it means, and how to find it. Focus is something that does not come naturally to most people and can be very difficult when you live an over-connected lifestyle. It’s something that you have to commit to, practice, experiment with, and make a priority.

Jun 24, 2010

What it means to me to be a free agent

My answers to the 16 questions for people making a living as a free agent.

Oct 27, 2009

Do it, then do it better: an iterative mindset

Though I haven’t eliminated repetition from my professional life entirely, I’m aware of something very different at work. Creating websites from scratch can be tedious but it has taught me something critical about iteration.

Oct 06, 2009

What is Talent?

Talent is a funny thing. Being talented in something is a product of chance, practice, both, and neither (these days, I’m leaning much more towards practice).

Sep 03, 2009

Friends: holding you back or helping you?

By the end of my cigarette smoking career, it had taken me about 40 tries to put those damn things down but, one day, for no good reason, I did it. Was it just one of those great miracles of life? Maybe not ...

Mar 26, 2009

"What is expected of a designer" on LinkedIn

I think a designer should be expected to think about the whole project: the medium, the message, the format, the audience, the technology, and the client. The closer the pieces of the project are to the design, the more they should know.

Nov 07, 2008

The Worst Possible Way to Work (or) How to Find a System That Works for You

I’m going to share with you how I work. This method would/will drive certain people nuts. This method is not foolproof but none of them are.

Nov 01, 2008

How to be an old(er) undergraduate or How I learned to accept what I've been given

I've been thinking about my past as a student and how far I’ve come as a person. I wanted to share a bit about what I’ve learned as the oldest dude in my graduating class (except that other guy).

Oct 13, 2008

Considering a career in software engineering or digital design?

Listen to what the professionals at Microsoft have to say.

Oct 02, 2008

This, a typical week

I have been talking recently (more in person than anywhere) about being a generalist and what that means to me. I am, in every sense of the word, a generalist, a mash-up artist, comfortable between groups than deep within them.

Sep 22, 2008

Daily rebirth

Each day that we are granted is a chance to escape the condemnation of comparison and start anew on our way to who we know we can be.

Sep 18, 2008

Dripping my way along... a lesson from Seth

If you put your name on it, put your best into it. The work you do now could come back to haunt you later and it’s up to you whether this phantom is benevolent or not.

Sep 09, 2008

I learned something today

Sometimes there is an easy way, sometimes there’s just an easIER way, and sometimes there’s just hard ways.

Aug 28, 2008

One component of Josh Can Help's website philosophy - Understanding

One of the most challenging and interesting parts of what I do is bridging the gap between potentially confusing technology and people who are far removed from how it works.

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