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Committing to Your Work

Staying unstuck, keeping creative... it's tough. Explore these posts on how to keep a strong creative presence.

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I Keep a Dopamine Notebook to Capture and Put Distracted Thoughts into Paper Jail

"Dopamine itself is not the reward, it is the build-up to the reward". – Andrew Huberman

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It's not about better productivity, it's about better boundaries

I think we have an epidemic of working while feeling like we aren't getting anything accomplished. One of the biggest anxieties I see in myself and my clients is the desire to be further along, faster. Feeling low-level anxiety? Feeling behind? Always thinking about the future and trying to problem

It's not about better productivity, it's about better boundaries
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The answer to "What do you want?"

Everything beyond our basic needs is a want. If you have made a non-essential purchase in the last month, it was a want. If there is a cheaper car, phone, item of clothing, or meal you could have purchased, you chose to buy what you wanted, not needed. The absolute

The answer to "What do you want?"
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Seeing Your Inbox as a Gift

Email – the dreaded inbox – can be a source of stress for many. You wake up and the first thing you do is see what you need to respond to. Obviously, that's not a great way to own your own time and attention. I was caught doing this myself, leaving emails

Seeing Your Inbox as a Gift
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Finding time for important projects

I've always wanted to write a book, in fact, in my future I always pictured myself having multiple books, maybe more than 5 or 10. I've looked up to authors like Seth Godin and Ryan Holiday, and while I felt a kinship to them I haven't really done anything to

Finding time for important projects
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Ensuring your voice is involved in your work

Deciding between the commercial value of your work and what you are most excited about is always a difficult balancing act. I, personally, have aired on the side of excitement – meaning, I have to feel some connection to what I do, there needs to be some thread there that interests

Ensuring your voice is involved in your work
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Connecting to Your Work

Pre.S. This past week I was in Mexico City for the Founders Summit. I lead a workshop on planning and vision for Remote founders. https://twitter.com/tylertringas/status/1453029586447519744?s=20This week I’m back to it before 2 weeks in Northern California (Mendicino area) spent writing mid-month!

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When You're Quick to Start, Quick to Quit

You can develop your ideas for new businesses quickly, and that’s awesome. You build the “MVP” (an app, mockup website…) But then you have to start promoting it publicly to your Twitter following or newsletter… suddenly you lose interest. Then the product dies, half-baked. Then you move on. Repeat…

When You're Quick to Start, Quick to Quit
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Taking Vacations and Unconscious Wandering

We’ve just come off of a long weekend here in the U.S. Many of us took some time away or at least enjoyed the quieter days from the typical business of email and Slack. If you work for yourself, it’s easy to beat yourself up if/when

Taking Vacations and Unconscious Wandering
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Weekly Caffeine – Investing as a Spiritual Practice

I'm not expecting myself to want to run, or not to react, or to want to keep digging deeper. I expect that.

Weekly Caffeine – Investing as a Spiritual Practice