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Finalizing a Rough Draft Life

Finalize Your Rough Draft LIfeIf you’re like me you’re more of a Rough Draft kind of guy than a Final Draft type of dude. By definition we Rough Drafters (sometimes also referred to as Right Brainers, Artistic Types, Slackers or worse) are afforded the luxury of experiencing a wide range of beauty, experiences, approaches.

Rough Drafters are intrinsically rewarded for the breadth of our experience rather than the depth. If you’re like me and around as old as me, then for forty-nine years you’ve been scribbling down the rough draft of your life. You’ve been free-associating. If you’re like me you just realized that it’s time to pull it all together.

Even if you’re pretty sure you’re a Final Draft-type person don’t go away just yet.  Read on. You might be a Final Drafter wondering why some things aren’t resolving right. read more…

I Went From $100,000 to $40,000 Overnight… And You Can Too!

Lose Money, Claim Peace of MindLook, I’m not going to tell you it sucks to have a full bank account. A large sum of money in the bank almost always beats no money in the bank. And being stoic about low funds gets old. But, here’s what happened to me and here’s what I learned…

I was a regular guy with substantial but not alarming debt between myself and my wife. We live in a place with very reasonable cost of living for instance, our mortgage is 600 per month. I was working a nine-to-five, making about $50,000. One of the perks they gave me was a paid cell-phone which meant the phone could ring at any time. Not really a nine-to-five. read more…

Old People, Cockroaches and Coffee: A Sandwich Generation Story

coffeeOver the last month I’ve developed what should be called Post Traumatic Cockroach disorder.

I’m not going to say this is on par with the trauma that the battlefields of the Middle East bring out in some people. But over the past month I have found myself in an ongoing situation where the sheer number… we’re talking about a thousands of various sizes of cockroaches seemingly exploding from behind and beneath things, fleeing from me, falling on me, crawling on me and otherwise inhabiting my physical and mental space has become almost commonplace and yet no less disturbing.

These days I actually find myself bracing before I pick up an object – any object for fear that moving it will release a swarm of bugs. I have dreams about bugs. I survey a room, especially a dark room, a table or a counter, even a pile of clothes tossed on the floor differently now. read more…

Sitting Sucks: Redefine Your Sitting Solution

Sitting: Finding a Healthy Alternative

A healthy alternative to sitting at a desk.The purpose of A Day on is rethinking how the world fits us and how we fit the world. So, let’s get real basic here. Many of us make a living sitting in front of a computer and now that the medical experts of the world have determined that the simple act of sitting is as dangerous as smoking maybe we should give some thought to how our body occupies space. As a 6’2″ medium build man, regular chairs at a desk make me slouch and collapse into a soft, mushy heap, leaving me feeling achy and generally crappy. I’ve tried kneeling chairs, standing desks, adjustable monitor arms and even a drummer’s throne that allowed for adjustment and swivel. But it was always just a matter of time before the aches returned and I had to go through the whole desk/chair reconfiguration again.

However, one place I do like sitting is on the floor. Sitting on the floor allows me to stretch or squat any way I want and stretching just feels good. I like to sit on the floor cross-legged or with my legs in a kind of runner’s stretch. In fact the floor is so superior to any chair it makes you wonder how the badly designed chair ever caught on.  But moving my computer to the floor would move me away from good window views and away from my super-giant, built in desk that I really love. Plus, the energy flow on the floor just doesn’t seem conducive to working.  So, I thought, what if I could raise all the comforts of sitting on the floor up about two feet? read more…

Who Owns Your Mornings?

rsz_new-york-morningI have successfully taken back my mornings. It is one of the prizes that I most enjoy since I began taking A Day On. Most of the work I do as a web developer can be done anywhere at any time and yet I found myself working for companies that required I get up early and fight my way to some uninspiring corporate office park miles from home.

My stress came from being literally uncentered. My home, my kids, my home office, my life was in Belleville, a suburb of St Louis, and even as a technology worker I was still not allowed to harness the power of that technology, expected to get in my fossil-fuel-powered vehicle and commute to work in some completely arbitrary location far from my life. As a result, mornings sucked. read more…

Time Management: Balance Goals with Down Time

Tasks will fill empty time if allowed to do so.Short Term Goals and Down Time Make for a Happy, Productive Worker

“A project or task will expand to fill the time allotted to complete it.” That’s one version of Parkinson’s Law. It is routinely stated in ways to suggest that bureaucracies, job scopes, tasks – anything, will grow to fill the space it can fill. It’s a principle that seemingly applies to messes in a house as well as to goldfish in a tank. Boil it down to: If we leave space to be filled up it will naturally be filled up (usually by what we don’t want.)

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7 Things to Do Other than Waiting

Here's 7 things to do instead of waiting.If you’re like me you hate waiting. You’ve taken some action on the notion that had been simmering in your head. You made your move. You put it out there. You put the project proposal in the mail. You’ve finally scribbled the last item on the to-do list. You hung up the phone after leaving your message on the voice mail of the object of your affection. You’ve had the meeting with the boss and gotten an indefinite “I’ll think about it.” You took control of your situation and then… silence. Now what?

Below are a few techniques that keep this impatient bastard from going crazy and driving everyone in my immediate proximity nuts in the process. Not necessarily sage advice, not an exhaustive list but you might find a few useful ideas you can apply now.

Outshine Yourself. As Dori from Finding Nemo says: Just keep swimming. Make your recently-submitted resume or the proposal you just turned in outdated. You just demonstrated some pretty compelling reasons why you are the best choice. Now, rather than resting on the spectacular person you were yesterday, aim for a grand slam with a fresh, new accomplishment.

This is where the A Day On approach comes in. That thing you’ve always thought about doing – do it. Now. Today. Why are you still reading? Get your ass up and make that video you’ve been thinking about and post it to YouTube. Write the first blog post you’ve been planning and actually put it on the web. Take out your credit card and sign up for that class. It’s easy. Ok, you want to check out the next six things to do while waiting. That’s fine. Read on. read more…

When Your Kid Teaches You To Follow Your Bliss

Follow Your Bliss - Miss Robichaux School For Exceptional Young LadiesFollow Your Bliss Like a Kid

I like to think of myself as the kind of guy who’s all about “follow your bliss” and open to other people’s crazy dreams. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I like to think that I sometimes relish creating awkward-feeling situations wherein I dig for other people’s crazy, passionate dreams, even (or, especially) the ones they’ve carefully and cautiously packed away with no intentions of ever letting see the light of day. Obeying no sense of decorum carefully circumnavigate their gatekeepers in a quest to get inside and liberate the hidden puppy mills of the soul. read more…

A Blog About How to Achieve Work Life Balance

Achieving Work-Life Balance: Changing Lifestyle and Perspective

The quest for work life balance begins by looking around and wondering: When are my work and life going more accurately reflect the ideas I have in my head? Is this much of my Life really supposed to be devoted to doing the bidding of others – or preparing to do the work others would have me do, or driving to work, neglecting my family and my dreams FOR WORK, jumping through unnecessary hoops for work, seemingly living for work?

You are born to win and achieve work life balance.

Triumphant image from “Born to Win” a household fixture from my childhood. Photo by John Pearson

I started this blog when I began actively working toward work life balance; moving away from being a body filling a desk for someone else and filling a life for myself full of creativity, work I love and meaningful relationships. This blog was a way to log my journey and to better form the beliefs and techniques that I hoped to eventually build my life on.

“A DAY ON:” My technique for work-life balance requires dedicating days toward working toward it.

Yoda says: Do or do not. There is no “try.”

The A Day On technique toward achieving work life balance is simply start “doing it.” If you dream of being a photographer get out there now and take some pictures and then quickly, before this god-given day gets away from you – post them for others to see. Post them everywhere. Then you ARE a photographer not simply dreaming of being one. The blog posts below represent approaches to Being. Read more about work life balance

My Morning Routine, Productivity Be Damned

alarmThe Morning Routine I Just Discovered I Have

Tim Ferriss and Pat Flynn (two of my favorite podcasters) agree of the importance of the morning routine. Productivity begins in the morning and your routine sets the tone for your day in many ways: nutrition, exercise, planning and overall attitude.

At the end of each interview podcast, Ferriss always asks his high-powered mover/shaker guests to describe their morning routines. Most include some form of exercise and some form of meditation. Flynn, in one of his podcasts contrasted his recording of his account of his morning routine from 5 years earlier with how he does it today, stressing that he has improved his morning routine as his life has improved around him. I found it interesting that it seemed that his improved life (becoming more established in business and personal life) seemed to afford him a better morning routine rather than the other way around.

So, I’m thinking this morning as I’m doing the stuff I do every morning: Yeah, I have a morning routine. It might not be the optimized power morning routine of a Tim Ferriss. For instance it does not involve lemon grass but then again it doesn’t involve a bowl of dirt weed either – at least not since college. So, here it is. read more…

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