Tag: David Cain

  • Tame the Beast with Pencils

    Whenever you feel the Beast sapping your will, do something – anything – that will improve your situation in even the smallest way. Straighten a crooked picture. Put all your stray pencils into a cup. Taming the Beast

  • Productivity & Distraction

    Cal Newport dropped Staying Productive on Distracted Days over on his blog and it’s a nail-on-the-head observation for me. “Productivity” is a slippery term. It’s often used to refer exclusively to the rate at which you produce value for your business or employer. I tend to apply it more broadly to describe the intentional allocation […]

  • An Interview with The Man

    Went down a rabbit hole and came across this old piece from 2013 on David Cain’s Raptitude site. The whole thing is a must read for hilarity – even with the sting of the fact that it rings far too true – 6 years later. David Cain: You have employees everywhere, but the United States is […]

  • Zen and the Art of The Snow Shovel

    In the section of Atlantic Canada I’m parked in we average around 100 in/250cm of snowfall per year. It’s not uncommon to get 2-3 feet in a single storm, several times a winter. A few weeks ago, we got a big dump of snow. Around 2 feet if I recall correctly. I went out to […]

  • Watching

    I didn’t look or listen for anything in particular, I just let the details of this particular moment in the neighborhood come to me: the quality of the air—heavy and warm, the incoming summer storm kind; birds; two couples having a conversation down the sidewalk; the clinking of dishes coming from inside the house to […]