The Power of Journaling
14 Feb 2018
I’ve been interested in journaling for a while. At the outset, I was looking for ways to cultivate a writing habit. As I looked into it more I found many more reasons to keep a journal. Why journal? Throughout history, people have...
24 Jan 2018
A lot gets written about the perfect morning routine, getting yourself set up right and off to a good start. Evening routines are more rarely mentioned, although I believe they are just as vital. Our days are often a blur, racing from...
2017 - Year In Review
14 Jan 2018
2018 will be my fortieth year on this rock. Some days I feel like I’m still 15 years old whilst on others I realise the years have passed by in a blur. Many times it felt like Groundhog Day, reliving the same...
The Power of Routine
30 Dec 2017
Someone was telling me recently how they have a terrible routine, watching TV or playing games until late, sometimes falling asleep on the sofa and then getting up late. They could easily have been describing me a couple of years ago. I...
How I use Bear as my Commonplace book
26 Nov 2017
What is a commonplace book? It’s a single place to keep your thoughts, ideas, quotes, observations and information you come across in your life for later use. “Great wits have short memories” - Chinese proverb When you were younger, maybe you created...
28 Oct 2017
I don’t know about you but I do too much. Always. Even when I’m consciously trying to do less. I blurt out yes, offering my help without thinking. I want to help, I do, but time and again it derails me. I...
Actions, not words
12 Aug 2017
Someone asked me recently how you actually practice Stoicism. Many people have the impression that it’s only a collection of pithy quotes or sayings that sound good. Words are no good if you don’t take action on them. Stoicism is a practical...
22 Apr 2017
Consider the topic of child exemptions in the tax code. A standard exemption is allowed for each child, and the amount of the exemption is independent of the taxpayer’s income.1 Next, consider this proposition and pay attention to your immediate thoughts and...
Zen To Done with Todoist Part 3
17 Apr 2017
Part one covers the first three habits; Collect, Process, and Plan Part two addresses Do, Simple Trusted System, and Organise Part three deals with Review, Simplify and Routines Review and Simplify Habits At the end of each working day I review my...
Zen To Done with Todoist Part 2
16 Apr 2017
Part one covers the first three habits; Collect, Process, and Plan Part two addresses Do, Simple Trusted System, and Organise Part three deals with Review, Simplify and Routines Do Habit The actual act of working on your tasks. I have a custom...
Zen To Done with Todoist Part 1
15 Apr 2017
Leo Babauta’s Zen To Done (ZTD) is a great little book which teaches you a simple set of habits for getting things done. My trusted system is a combination of Todoist, Bear Writer and my Calendar. Calendars don’t need much explanation. Bear...
30 days of writing
01 Apr 2017
I’m taking part in Marc’s 30 day writing challenge again. This year my goal is to write every day for at least 30 minutes with the aim of publishing something here once a week. I may also manage to publish some brief...
22 Mar 2017
I came across this post a few weeks ago which visually illustrates how little time we have on this planet. As humans, we are notoriously bad at really understanding how long we might have left, especially when we are young. It feels...
28 Feb 2017
Yikes, we’re already at the end of February. That means we’re two months into 2017. 16% of the year is gone. How are those new year resolutions going for you? Time flies if you’re not paying attention. I don’t know about you...
What is Stoicism?
25 Jan 2017
In my previous post, I talked about how the only thing completely within your control is your own mind. It being one of the central tenets of Stoic thinking. But what is Stoicism and why study it and follow its teachings? First,...
Circle of control
12 Jan 2017
If you’ve watched Chuck Lorre shows like the The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men you may have noticed the vanity cards shown at the end (I like to think of them as blogs for the small screen). They’re...
2016 - My year in review
31 Dec 2016
In the wider world, it seems like 2016 has been disastrous in many ways. However, for me, 2016 was really a chance for a redo of 2015 as I’d originally wanted it to be. As it draws to a close it feels...
Thoughts on Productivity
07 Dec 2016
The traditional economic business definition of productivity is a simple equation: Productivity = Output / Input You either need to increase output compared to the input or decrease the input compared to the output. If you produce 5 widgets in one hour...
Motivation is an illusion
23 Nov 2016
Lately I’ve been thinking about motivation and how you make progress on your goals. First, in a week of serendipitous moments, I read an article by Amy Hoy. Then I listened to a podcast with Jocko Wilink who both talked about this...
The Five Minute Journal
23 Sep 2016
Sometimes life gets the better of you. I have been aiming to write an article each week but with limited time available it’s easy to let it slip. Suddenly you realise it’s been six weeks or so since you last posted. Limited...
Own What You Care About
09 Aug 2016
If you’re anything like me you have a lot of stuff, accumulated bit by bit over the years. A wardrobe of clothes you rarely wear, shelves full of books, racks of CDs, DVDs and games plus all sorts of other paraphernalia. I...
Priorities and Progress
29 Jul 2016
I’ve resolved myself to keep a weekly publishing schedule but this week I’ve been using my scheduled morning writing time to prioritise working on and launching an email course at work. Last night I didn’t think I would reach my target for...
22 Jul 2016
Have you seen the brilliant “We’re the superhumans” trailer on Channel 4 for the upcoming Paralympics? I dare you not to be moved. It’s inspiring and uplifting to see the lengths that people go to, to overcome and achieve something. The title...
How I use Alfred to turbo-charge my daily work
15 Jul 2016
If you’ve used OS X on a mac then you’ve probably used a feature called Spotlight, a built-in function which helps you find and open applications and files on your computer. In recent releases it’s gotten smarter by getting results from more...
DYFConf EU Retrospective
09 Jul 2016
The website for the European Double Your Freelancing Conference guaranteed that I’ll leave rejuvenated with a list of actionable takeaways that can be applied immediately to my business but did it really live up to that billing? An amazing venue It was...
11 May 2016
You’re probably familiar with the oxygen mask routine on aeroplanes. The flight attendants make it clear that parents should always put on their own mask first before helping their children. Why do they do this? If there’s a sudden loss of pressure,...
02 May 2016
Now that 30DWC is over, I thought I would reflect and see what I could take away from the experience and apply in the future. What went well My goal at the beginning of 30DWC was to produce at least one post...
30 Apr 2016
Take a few moments to stop and think how you’re feeling right now. Are you stressed, anxious, depressed? Maybe you’re envious, angry or just ambivalent? I’m willing to bet that the one emotion you’re not feeling is happy. Why is that? I...
24 Apr 2016
Several of the other participants in 30DWC have shared their morning routines so I thought it would be good to document mine too. Your routine doesn’t need to be set in stone. I’ve been experimenting with different routines for the last year...
Making meditation a habit
13 Apr 2016
Meditation has been practiced throughout the world for thousands of years. At it’s core it’s simply a form of exercise for your mind, training it to be calmer and clearer. There are many different types and styles of meditation techniques and you...
My Secret Life
06 Apr 2016
I am part of an underground society. You can find us in all walks of life. We have our own language and acronyms and gather together both online and in the real-world. Let’s just get this out in the open. I’m an...
30DWC Day One
01 Apr 2016
My blog seems to mostly be a series of starts which very quickly tail off. This is my attempt to change that, once and for all. I enjoy the idea of writing but when you’re faced with a blank page I’ve found...
2015 - The Year of Goals
27 Jan 2015
2014 was a pretty tough year and at times it felt a bit like Groundhog Day where I was just doing the same thing each day with little to show for it. The only real highlight of the year was that I...
Automating Git repository setup with Capistrano
08 Dec 2008
Setting up a remote repository for Git is really easy, but who wants to type things unnecessarily? Tonight I knocked up a task for Capistrano which gitify’s your current directory then creates a remote git repository and pushes to it. It’s based...
design principles cheatsheet
10 Aug 2008
I’ve always enjoyed art and design and wasn’t too bad at it, though never quite as good as I wanted to be. For quite a while through high school I was interested in becoming an Architect hopeful that it would satisfy my...
Backpack Journal Dashboard Widget
13 Jun 2008
At work we use quite a few 37signals products to manage our internal processes and client projects, one of which is Backpack. 37signals recently introduced a new feature, Journal, for tracking what you’ve done and what you’re currently doing which we’re trying...
Blast from the past
09 Jun 2008
In an attempt to ensure that I keep this blogging lark up, I thought I would resurrect an old post I made a couple of years ago to a now defunct blog to serve as a starting point and thus I’ll revisit...
New Design, New Beginnings?
26 May 2008
Finally gotten around to updating my site to consolidate everything into one place. I spent a bit of time deciding what to do –should I just go “old school” and hand code everything, or should I write my own little blogging tool?...
A dubious first!
28 Jul 2006
Well apparently I can claim a first - for being spammed through ma.gnolia! Yes, apparently nowhere is safe from spam now. Today I received a message within ma.gnolia (the really nice bookmarking website, for those of you who don’t know) from member...
.ds_store no more (on network shares at least!)
26 Apr 2006
Nothing exciting (for most people) but I’ve just finally found an easy way to stop creating the useless .ds_store files on non-mac network shares so I’m putting the info here for my posterity. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301711 Open the Terminal Type: defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores...
Easier editing of TypoScript
08 Apr 2006
I’ve recently discovered TextMate from www.macromates.com - a superb text editor, previously I’ve been using TextWrangler but I’m slowly using TextMate more and more, one of it’s really great features is it’s expandability through the use of bundles. In getting to grips...
PC World ahead of the curve?
27 Mar 2006
Well looks like PC World have managed to pull off a bit of a coup - but they’re keeping it a bit quiet. Whilst some have managed to get Windows XP running on the new Intel based Mac’s, PC World have managed...
Is this me?
14 Mar 2006
Ok, I just read this article TidBITS: From iPod to MacBook Pro: A Switcher’s Tale and it pretty much sounds like me and my view on the whole switching to Apple thing. I’m not a total mac zealot but I do think...
Secret GMail account
13 Mar 2006
Wow, another week has flown by, nothing great to report other than I’ve found another rss news reader which I’m trying out. (Endo for anyone who’s interested) plus I’m also trying out Wordpress to see the differences between that and Blogger. Ok,...
Titles are the hardest thing to write!
04 Mar 2006
Well another week has shot by, haven’t really done much this week but suffice to say that I’ve been playing around with more apps again and been trying out various RSS readers to see if I can find one I like. At...
25 Feb 2006
Well as promised I said I would say a little more about the various apps I’ve found recently. I should note that I’m a mac user so these are all either mac specific or are web applications - so Windows users, go...
Playing with stuff
22 Feb 2006
PSP Video Been playing with various things the last few days, mainly trying to get video’s onto my PSP. It’s been more of a pain than it ought to be. There’s not so many programs for the mac to make it as...
20 Feb 2006
As you might have guessed from the title, this is my first posting on my brand spanking new blog that almost certainly no-one is going to read! This blog is mainly just an easy place for me to plonk information that’s useful...