I’m not going to eat for four days.
For the second year in a row, I am taking a personal retreat at the St. John’s Abbey Guesthouse. It’s nice to have a few days of quiet to relax, read, and reflect. Plus, CSB/SJU is a special place for me. My parents (and some of my aunts and uncles) were married there. I was baptized there. We lived in a dorm at St. Ben’s when I was a baby, and I bounced in the doorway in my Johnny Jump Up. I remember sitting on Sister Dennis‘s lap at a kick wheel in the pottery when I was 5 or 6 while she showed me how to throw a pot. And I always love sitting and talking with Father Rene. St. John’s feels a bit like home, even though I didn’t go to school there.
I’m not religious in the least, by the way, but I’m glad other people are so that places like St. John’s exist.
Anyway, this year I’m going to fast during my retreat.
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I keep a pocket notebook with me at all times, for writing down anything and everything. My notebooks contain things I need to do around the house, article outlines, business ideas, meeting notes, and more. I like thin, pocket-sized notebooks because they are easier to carry and because it only takes 2–3 weeks to fill them up, which is a nice interval for processing their contents.
I’m explaining how I use my notebooks because the way I use them has a lot to do with which notebooks I prefer. So does the pen I carry everywhere with me — a Fischer Space Pen.
So, my notebooks need to last 2–3 weeks and they need to be able to survive being stored in my back pocket most of that time. And the paper needs to hold up to a Fischer Space Pen (which is roughly equivalent to most ballpoint pens). With those requirements in mind, here are the ones I have tried, and my thoughts on each.
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When the zombie apocalypse comes, I have an ingenious plan that involves the leftover pieces of all those drinking straws.
These are the Minneapolis coffee shops where you can usually find me during coffice hours. All of them are excellent places to order plain espresso and espresso drinks, and some of them are also good places to sit and work.
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When Leo Babauta wrote about Most-Important Tasks on Zen Habits, he titled his post “Purpose to Your Day.” I was reminded of what he meant last night when I found myself drifting from one thing to another in my hotel room during a conference. I did some writing, then I found myself playing a game. Then I sat down and flipped through a few browser tabs over and over. I didn’t feel like watching TV or reading my book because I knew I had work I should be doing, but I didn’t have a clear picture of what those things were or the motivation to do them, so I went through the motions without accomplishing anything.
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It’s almost Spring, and that means MinneBar is right around the corner! MinneBar is a big, free, all-day (un)conference about technology, design, and business.
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My best time was 11.9 seconds. The 100-meter-dash winner in the 1896 Olympics was Thomas Burke, who won with a time of 12 seconds flat.
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I did cross-country for three years in high school and ran track (pole vault, mostly) for nearly six, going partway into college. But in all that time, I never got past the point where going out and running 3 miles felt hard. It was always unpleasant at best.
Continue reading “I Think I Finally “Get” Running”
Its user interface may be getting long in the tooth (don’t worry, a major UI overhaul is coming soon), but Remember the Milk is still the best task manager out there as far as I am concerned. And its powerful Smart Lists feature makes it easy to use Remember the Milk to track your most important tasks.
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A coffee shop one makes into an office where non-coffee shop work is performed.
I coffice1 frequently, and so do plenty of other people in Minneapolis. For those of us who work from home some or all of the time, it’s nice to change the scenery and be around people sometimes.
I’d like to try to meet some new people to coffice with, and maybe even build a small network of fellow Minneapolis cofficers. If you live in or near enough to Minneapolis, join the Coffice Hours Facebook group. (I was going to use Meetup, but it was too expensive and too formal.)
My plan is to post coffice hours myself at least once a week, and I hope others will join and do the same so I can meet new people and try new coffee shops.
Hope to coffice with you soon!