Setting (and Limiting) Your Goals for the Year

What do you want to accomplish in the next 12 months? As we greet the new year and look forward to making the most of it, it’s important to take some time to identify—and limit—what we most want to do with it. Otherwise, we’re liable to get to the end of the year and have […]

Inside “Yes” is “No”

We like to be able to say “yes,” whether it’s to a person, an organization, an activity, an object, or whatever. But, human experience works out such that inside any “yes” is also a “no.” Wall, black, graffiti and sign by Jon Tyson A bias toward “yes” isn’t inherently bad. It keeps us moving forward. […]

The “Eisenhower matrix” via Evernote

On the Evernote blog, Taylor Pipes has a helpful crash-course in the “Eisenhower matrix.” As Pipes notes, this diagram’s four-squares is perhaps better known from Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In discussing the matrix, Pipes notes, If you’re tackling the matrix for your professional goals, you may start to see that many of your […]

An introspective look at not remembering names

Over at Becoming Minimalist, Joshua Becker offers some personal introspection on a paradigmatic case of forgetting a couple’s names. In part, Becker narrates, I was sad that I wasn’t able to remember something as simple as the names of two people I very much enjoyed meeting. … And suddenly it struck me. I entered the conversation—as […]