Posts tagged priorities
How to Rescue Your Creative Mind

As human beings, I believe that ingrained within us all, is a natural instinct to create. You can argue that you don't have a single creative bone in your body but I call bull. Having been made in the likeness of the Creator of the Universe, I think that we're built for creation. For making something that didn't exist before. Writing a sentence. Composing a song. Cooking a meal. Choreographing a dance. Developing a business strategy. Building a sand castle. It doesn't require complexity or years of skill and experience. It only requires that you bring something with meaning into existence that didn't exist before.

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What I learned from 30+ physicians about Identity

A couple of weeks ago I was photographing physicians in their work environments. As I moved from office to O.R. to board room shooting nearly 20 physicians over the course of two days I was struck by the demeanor and the attitude that they all seemed to possess. Man, woman, old, young, black, white, experienced, inexperienced... it didn't matter. Not a single one of them was concerned about whether every hair was in place or whether their makeup was perfect or whether their clothes were wrinkled.

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Sacrificing "Good" at the Altar of "Great"

A few years ago, I may have encouraged you to "not give up" and "you can do it all if you really want it bad enough." Today, I know better. Today, I realize that a life of more doesn't necessarily equal a life of fulfillment and joy. Rather, some things — even some good things — have to be sacrificed so that the best things can be gained.

Don't take my word for it, take the word of a man who has built an empire — simplicity facilitates success.

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What you focus on, you will follow.

I did gymnastics when I was a child, parkour when I was in high school and cheerleading in college and in each discipline, the technique for doing a backflip was the same. You were taught that where your head goes, your body will follow. If you tilt your head and look back, your body will naturally go backwards. Mid-flip, as you spot your landing, your feet will follow through and land where you are looking.

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How I am Preparing for Next Year

Preparing for the New Year can seem daunting but it doesn't have to be. In fact, it's rather fun. Here's a rundown of what I'm going through during these last two weeks of this year to get ready for the new year. You can follow along or do your own thing. I'd love hear what you're doing in the comments below!

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We can't manufacture time but here's the next best thing

Budgeting our time, is just as important as budgeting our money — perhaps more so. Yet we constantly overwhelm our schedules with water, leaving no room for the stones when opportunity shines on us. Spending our time on paper (or screen) before the month, week or day arrives is a great way to make sure the stones are given their space.

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At the end of the day, did it matter?

Well, did it?

When you went to sleep last night, did you consider your day successful? If so, by what standard? You see, we can spend our days agonizing over emails, talking for hours with a feisty client, running errands around town or updating our Facebook profile - all of which may need to get done - but were you able to do something that matters to you?

Measure your day against your metric for a successful day and see what you come up with.

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The 40-hour-a-week-er's Guide to Rescuing Time

There is an assumption among those who work full time that certain suggestions don't apply to them:

  • pursue what you love
  • do more interesting things
  • travel
  • don't be boring

Somehow, these encouragements for everyone are misconstrued as commands to the sluggards and the couch potatoes. Well, here's your post! This one goes out to the 40-hour-a-week-ers!

Your time matters too.

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Defining and Living by Your Own Values

How often do we hear the excuse "I just don't have time, otherwise I would [fill in the blank]." When you are truly passionate about something or when you highly value it, you find the time. Even kids who love a specific video game find time to play it between homework assignments... or perhaps, in lou of homework assignments. Whatever the case, our priorities are actualized in the way that we arrange our schedule.

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Missional Lifestyle Design

In modern western culture we are trending toward streamlined, minimalist, stripped-down… everything. Our design, our architecture, our fashion, our technology – it’s all becoming more tight and efficient. A trend that is becoming increasingly popular among minimalist enthusiasts (including myself).

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