Glue it up!

You see things differently when it's all on one page.

Glue up your spreadsheets, that is. Glue sticks.  Simple product, magic effects.  How did we ever manage before they were invented?  (For that matter, do you remember life before post-it notes?  You can even buy post-it note glue sticks…) A boatload of years ago, before the internet but after spreadsheets were invented, I worked on […]

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Notes from The Politics of Food, Yale

Found some notes on my desk that need to be processed and today is not the day to process this note all the way into an article. These are six steps that “society” has followed in the path from “bad habit” to eradication via public policy. (Heard this in the Yale Politics of Food course; […]

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Tracking Content

Inventory of blog ideas that have made it as far as drafts, or images.

The problem I’m trying to solve is that I find myself in an enormous push of content creation–I’m creating blog posts in draft every morning, and I’m sitting on 50 draft posts on each of three different websites.  Not all of the draft posts are valuable, but I would like to get as many published […]

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WD40 for Content Creation

Inventory of blog ideas that have made it as far as drafts, or images.

Sometime in December, I noticed I was getting a little more content onto my websites than I had for several years. It felt like I had sprayed WD-40 into a very very rusty mechanism. I was just barely able to get some motion out of the machine, but I knew it would rust solid again […]

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What do Big Rocks Look Like?

There’s an old story in the productivity world, about a professor with a jar and rocks and gravel and sand, and the punch line is that if you don’t put the big rocks into the jar first, there won’t be room for them later, after you add the sand and gravel. Easy to say; we’ve […]

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Levels of planning 

Levels of planning thought.

I wrote the post about big rocks and 30,000 foot views yesterday. This morning, I started thinking about what specifically happens at each of these levels. I thought there was a blog post in it, so I made a sketch of the collage of pictures that were attached to the post, and let myself think. […]

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On a Clear Day

Cruising altitude, clear skies, and no information about ground level activity.

I live between two rivers, not far from two substantial lakes, one of which cools a nuclear power plant. As a result, we get fog. Not fog like San Francisco, but reliable fog in the morning when the seasons are changing and air, land, and water may have substantially different temperatures. Today was a foggy […]

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Use More Pictures in Linkedin

Today's slide imagery.

In the process of building a course called “Have Fun with Linkedin,” I realized that LI lets you add pictures everywhere:  summary, each position, projects.  Few of us use this feature as much as we could. In one class I taught, students even questioned the value of a professional photographer uploading pictures of his work.  […]

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Organizing my websites

Revising blog category listings to be consistent.

I run four websites for my own business activities: Red Tuxedo, where I talk about productivity and being useful in social media Rugs from Rags, where I write about making textile art Karen Tiede Studio, where I sell my Textile Art Karen Tiede.com, where I write about all the other artsy things I do for […]

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I want all the days 

Year View planner from Best Self.

My new year-view planner arrived yesterday and spent the day rolled out on the floor being flattened. Before I went outside to exercise this morning, I pinned it to the door across from my desk, so it would be there when I came back into write. Now, I’m sitting at my desk, with the calendar […]

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