Happy Birthday, Smiley!

Thirty-five years ago today marks the origin of emoticons and emoji. Since tone is subtle and not always easily transmitted through pure text, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Scott E. Fahlman posted the smiley as a solution to signify humor within messages. On September 19, 1982 at 11:44 AM, he suggested the following on an electronic […]

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Life Management Myth

Myth: Life Management is about Getting Everything Done in Less Time. Life management is not about a frenzied existence. A human life is finite and ‘everything’ cannot fit within it. Selection is of critical importance for Life Management. At one time in my life, I believed the secret to ‘time’ management in this hectic world was simply ‘do more, […]

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Age or Effectiveness?

Today’s entry is about ‘old wine in new bottles’ in a manner of speaking. Myth: None of the Productivity Techniques from the 20th Century Work any Longer. Any body of knowledge is progressive; new ideas build on older concepts. In this respect, Life Management is no different than the fields of Biology or Economics. However, the widely […]

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Focus on Systems, not Technology

Life Management should be system focused, not technology focused. Let me explain. I had a friend in high school who could never accept his limitations. In fact, anytime we played a game, and he failed to score, he’d make the claim that ‘he was the perfect athlete, just his equipment was bad.’ Of course, no […]

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Life Management

When reflecting on today’s topic, I was reminded of poem by Stephen Crane: A man said to the universe: “Sir I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.” Time is much like the Crane’s depiction of the universe. It constantly passes without waiting. Once a day […]

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Focused Procrastination

A while back, I wrote about serial tasking. The flip side of this approach is focused procrastination. Together they make up different parts of the same strategy. As a thinking, sentient agency in the world, it is important to realize the following about your actions: All activities are choices. You decide who to see, where to […]

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Play as a Strategy

Last night, I spent the evening at Summerfest, one of the largest and longest running music festivals, on the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was an ideal mix of summer weather (cool breeze, clear skies, setting sun), amazing music (Brandi Carlie, Paul Simon, The Revivalists), great company (old friends), and local cuisine […]

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Golf and Life Management

On Father’s Day for years, my Dad and I would play a round of golf. This year, instead, we are attending the US Open Championship at Erin Hills together. In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d look at the Seven Ways that Golf is Like Life Management. I hope you enjoy this analogy. Goal-Oriented: […]

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Choices, Time, and Impact

I believe that all actions and their consequences should be viewed as a cohesive whole. Of course, a finite human mind cannot conceive all possible outcomes and unknown outside influences; yet, realistic efforts should be made to understand a problem and calculate the potential solutions plus long-term effects as best as one can. If you […]

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Self-Deception Question

Question: In what ways are you deceiving yourself? This is a tough question to answer, but a worthwhile exercise as our conscious mind sometimes plays a mental shell game and we attempt to ignore the evidence. We can be very good at fooling ourselves at one level, even if we know something does not actually […]

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