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Broken Fridge

When your fridge breaks, sometimes it’s easier to start over. Deciding what’s worth keeping and what should be thrown away can take too many mental calories. What’s safe to eat? What was in there “just because”? It’s quicker to throw it all away and move on to the...

Gardening

Approach your work as though you’re a gardener. Or a chef. Or a mechanic. Get a fresh perspective. Go through the rituals of preparation differently. Lay out all your tools beforehand. Take a look under the hood. Make sure everything is mise en place (thanks @Reed) If...

Buying Peanut Butter

On one nut butter jar, the calories are displayed as 1 Tbsp. – 90 calories. On another nut butter jar, the calories are displayed as 2 Tbsp. – 180 calories. They’re communicating the same thing. Why choose to list it one way over the other?   One...

Reinforcement

Just because we say something doesn’t mean we’ve communicated. It just means we’ve talked. To communicate effectively requires attention from another party, otherwise, it’s broadcasting.   It’s our job to connect what we provide to solving problems and making...

Be a Good Sport

Sometimes you lose the game you’re playing. Sometimes you can feel the game shift because of a good play by the opponent. It’s a big deal if you’re playing to win. It’s not as big of a deal if you look at it as an opportunity to improve.   To refine your...