Habits of mind in an age of distraction

My wife listens to a lot of shows on CBC radio (the Canadian equivalent of NPR). Over the holidays she was sharing some details from an interview Nora Young of Spark conducted with Alan Jacobs. It piqued my interest and led to me checking out Alan’s site. And that led to this article here, one of the best pieces of writing I’ve found in recent years. The sub-heading to the article says it all: Small steps to meet the challenge of hearing God in a technologically disruptive environment.It’s a long read that touches on a lot…

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Designing Twist: The challenge of making teamwork less stressful

I haven’t used this service, but I sure appreciate the thinking behind it. The team at Doist (the creators of Todoist) noticed how Slack was changing how they worked: When our remote team started using Slack three years ago, we experienced the subtle but real impact that design has on behavior. From its free-flowing chat channels to its one-line-at-a-time message composers, everything about Slack was designed to keep you communicating with your team in real-time, all the time. (It’s not surprising that the team behind Slack originally designed game apps).So they decided to improve things. Enter Twist.…

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How I got my attention back

Here’s another enjoyable essay from Craig Mod. He’s one of my very favourite writers and this article was no different. However, although I usually read Craig’s writing and feel like he’s ahead of the rest of us, that was not the case for this article. His experience reminds me of many others in the past year or two (example). By the time I finished the post, I thought back to how Cal Newport opines that Internet sabbaticals are not a true fix for the modern knowledge worker. For those who want their attention back. And I…

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Focus for 2017

Happy Monday, everyone! I wanted to remind you that The Focus Course is open for registration as of today. Shawn and his team have refreshed the course and added new content (including the recent Focus Summit videos). For all those who sign up early on, there is also the chance to win some cool prizes. Register here Full disclosure: as a guest of the Focus Summit, I benefit from referring people to sign up for The Focus Course. I hope that you’ve been reading here long enough to know that I don’t recommend products & services because I…

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The Focus Summit

It's no secret that I think a bit lot about how people work. That's one reason why I enjoyed Shawn Blanc's Focus Course so much and why I've talked about it so much over the last 18 months. And so I'm also excited for his upcoming Focus Summit. What is it? An online summit featuring candid and powerful video conversations with some of the world's best creative entrepreneurs.I was flattered to have Shawn invite me to be involved. And now that it's almost here, I feel unworthy to be included with the likes of Jocelyn Glei, Mike Vardy, Paul…

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Finding your bliss station

Austin Kleon shares how he and wife try to cultivate a space and a time where one can get away from the world. Kids, jobs, sleep, and a thousand other things will get in the way, but we have to find our own sacred space, our own sacred time.I give this a hearty, “Amen!” As one who values some daily time away from all the activity and people of my life, I appreciate the idea. And I can understand the need for both a space and time. Oddly enough, I appreciate both. During the workday, I appreciate the space,…

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