15 Mar 2015

Mailbox makes Inbox Zero easy

Submitted by matthias

I've had an email account for a long time. I remember when every email was exciting. That was a mighty long time ago. At one point I wrote about the dread of email as I discovered Inbox Zero and managed to reach a new found un-dread of email.

For the most part I've been happily chugging along. While I have not always been at Inbox Zero, it's been a much better feeling.

2 Mar 2015

I've been thinking about "work". The word itself has a lot of meaning. For some there is importance, fulfillment, challenge. For others it carries less positive attributes such as obligation, tedium, dread.

I myself am fairly ambivalent and depending on the day I can have positve or negative feelings associated with work.

Overall I don't spend much time thinking about work.

11 Dec 2013

I spend a lot of time communicating. Since I work from home most of the time, much of my communication takes place electronically. Working from outside the office greatly reduces the number interruptions. However, it also makes it impossible for people to see if you are very busy before interrupting you.

I have found that it helps a lot to share how you approach communications. For me it comes down to mostly three methods:

24 Mar 2013

In my line of work, and I'm sure many others, there are often conflicting interests between day to day things that need to happen and bigger, more interesting things that are important. Sometimes it feels like the difference between unclogging the toilet and building a swimming pool ... yeah, the pool would sure be nice, but nobody wants to see the toilet overflow.

In the end it comes down to conflicting priorities and over the past short while I've been contemplating the difference and relationship between tasks and projects.

20 Jan 2012

I've been doing IT for a long time. I've tried running with multiple systems. I've used multiple monitors. I've struggled against disk space limitations and longed for a faster processor, a 2nd processors and more powerful graphics cards. I've changed my thinking entirely.

First, I've realized that most of my work happens on servers and those servers will always be more powerful than my personal computing device. In the end my personal device is primarily an input/output tool and I need a monitor and a keyboard.

20 Mar 2010

[food] best spices in denver

Submitted by matthias

Since I've been trying to step up my game in the kitchen, I found that some really good spices are only helpful. A friend of mine introduced me to the Savory Spice Shop.

Just the other day, we made another trip to replace some other old spices from the cupboard such as turmeric and white pepper. At any rate the place is aweome and if you do go, check out the shallot salt and the various types of paprika.

1 Feb 2010

Yeah, vegetarian sausage will likely sound odd to a lot of people, but it's out there and as a vegetarian it's a nice option. There are a few pre-made options, but many of them are just not very good. The best ones out there were made by Boca, but after they were acquired by Kraft, they disappeared from store shelves. That's what spawned my interest in making my own.

29 Jan 2010

Ever since we managed to successfully embark on a nearly month long trip to Europe, I wanted to put together some of the steps we took to make it happen. Well, things move slowly sometimes, but after some web site migrations, life and not to mention the actual writing, I'm pleased to report that I finally put Planning a European Vacation online!

10 Dec 2009

[productivity] what have i done

Submitted by matthias

So, as part of my job I enjoy a review process and part of that is an HR form of dubious use. My manager on the other hand goes beyond the form in his review of my performance. Well, I'm also a manager and like to go beyond the HR form and so I started thinking about how I can understand my efforts during the course of the year.

I use RescueTime to help me understand how I spend my time during the day. I'm not required to do this, but I like knowing how I spend my time in a more granular fashion and so I started looking a little more broadly.


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