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Initiate Before You Respond

- - Creativity, Work

I have rules for myself about email. One of which is not to check email in the first or last few hours of the day.

I prefer not to check in the morning because I want to focus my energy on initiating and creating. Creating is hard work, and I’m usually tempted to go to email as a way out of the difficulty. It’s much easier for me to respond to incoming emails than it is to create and initiate things that matter.

Responding is what emergency personnel do to a 911 call. Responding is what you do when a glass gets knocked over at the dinner table. Responding is what you do when you realize that your parking meter time has expired and you see someone writing a parking ticket.

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Overcoming Your Fear Of Missing Out

- - Courage, Creativity, Work

You’re always missing out. This isn’t a new phenomenon, but fear of missing out has become a thing.

Why is that?

The simple truth is that there’s always been more going on than you could ever even know about. There are more opportunities, options, adventures, conversations, trips, dreams, visions, jobs than you have time to pursue. This hasn’t changed.

What has changed is how much we know about what we’re not doing. Social media and connective technologies allow us to see so much that we’re missing out on. Twenty years ago you wouldn’t have jealous feelings about those friends who are on a road-trip or at a concert of your favorite band. You wouldn’t know about it until much later. But now, you see updates from people who are doing amazing things all the time. And it has the tendency to make what you’re doing feel less than amazing.

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How Your Phone is Keeping You Stuck

I am never bored anymore. In any moment of down time, my device calls out to me to check in and see what’s happening on social media and email.

This is great from one standpoint: I don’t have to be bored anymore. And who likes being bored? Certainly not me.

It’s not great from another: what do we lose when we lose the ability to be bored? Even more disturbing: what happens when we no longer allow ourselves to feel the more difficult feelings?

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How to Make the Extraordinary Ordinary

I don’t consider myself an expert at blogging, but I know a few things. Apparently it’s enough to warrant a few questions.

Recently I’ve often been asked “How do you write blog content multiple times a week?” My first answer is: “Not very well” — which is mostly jest. I follow that by going into way too much detail about my routine and process. Some find that interesting, others find it boring. No matter which camp you fall into— read on, I’m going somewhere here.

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