What I do when I feel like I'm spinning my tires in the mud

What I do when I feel like I’m spinning my tires in the mud

All of us have had the experience where we want to accomplish something but regardless of what we try, we don’t make the progress that we’re looking for. Call it the proverbial, “spinning my tires in the mud”, or “beating my head against the wall”. There’s a problem or challenge we want to overcome, and … Continue reading What I do when I feel like I’m spinning my tires in the mud

My system for managing overwhelm, anxiety, and stress when work is too difficult

My system for managing overwhelm, anxiety, and stress when work is too difficult

One of my biggest problems in my work life is perpetually biting off more than I can chew. Agreeing to things that I shouldn’t be doing, and then in doing so, creating far too much work for myself. The problem with this is often that I underestimate how long something will take me, or how … Continue reading My system for managing overwhelm, anxiety, and stress when work is too difficult

How I maintain productivity when I'm bored at work and can't focus

How I maintain productivity when I’m bored at work and can’t focus

When I was a child I was diagnosed with ADHD. The doctors told me that I couldn’t focus and that I was a “hyperactive” child. As a teenager they tried to give me adderall and it turned me into a zombie. I hated it. Felt like it stripped me of my personality. Needless to say … Continue reading How I maintain productivity when I’m bored at work and can’t focus

How I use flow triggers at work

How I use “triggers” at work to improve focus, memory, and learning

What “triggers” a flow state for you? Is it nature? Exercise? A specific activity like writing or a physical sport? Music? All of these stacked together at once?! If you want to get into flow states on a reliable and consistent basis, an important aspect of this is learning what gets you INTO flow in … Continue reading How I use “triggers” at work to improve focus, memory, and learning

How I structure and sequence my day for flow states

How I structure and sequence my day for flow states and peak performance

My journey into flow states started around 2016 when I first discovered the world of Tim Ferriss while running my startup company (but it really started a lot earlier than that). He was the guy who pointed me in the direction of people like Josh Waitzkin, who talks about Flow in the Art of Learning, … Continue reading How I structure and sequence my day for flow states and peak performance

How to encourage inclusion and ideation at work

How to encourage inclusion and ideation at work

While running BrainGain I liked to have monthly “State of the Union” style meetings to have a comprehensive overview of what we accomplished throughout the month. These meetings often went well for the most part, but there was a key ingredient missing. Ideation. I found that my teammates just didn’t have ideas to contribute. OR, … Continue reading How to encourage inclusion and ideation at work

Controlled Confrontation - The art of handling difficult conversations

Controlled Confrontation – The art of handling difficult conversations

The vast majority of people I meet are averse to confrontation. They fear an argument. They avoid it with all of their willpower. People often look at arguments and confrontations as a BAD thing. If people are arguing, something is wrong. And for good reason - who wants to spend their day locked in heated … Continue reading Controlled Confrontation – The art of handling difficult conversations