How to make systems work for you and what to do when they don’t

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My coat closet is fifteen feet away from my front door.

In theory, fifteen feet seems like a perfectly reasonable distance. The average American walks that far almost 900 times in a single day, so surely I can spare one of those trips to put my shoes away when I…

How I used relational databases to help take dinner off my plate

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There is no chore more cruelly mundane than grocery shopping.

I know what you’re thinking. Dishes, mopping, laundry, cleaning toilets—surely one of these claims the honor of Worst Household Chore. Not in my book. Groceries are the bane of my existence. They suck up all of my time and all…

One mindset shift can help reorient our priorities and motivate us to get hard things done

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“I am never going to enjoy working out.”

I remember saying this to my friend with tears in my eyes, wrapped up in a type of frustration that only comes after years of an on-again, off-again relationship with fitness. At this point, I was plenty familiar with the wisdom that…

How to write a fight sequence that relies on storytelling rather than action

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I have been writing for most of my life and yet I am convinced that most of my writing isn’t actually mine at all. I am the product of years spent in online chat rooms and local meetups. …

By automating my lists using Airtable, I was able to reclaim my motivation and inspiration

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Life is neverending—until, of course, it ends. Leading up to that fateful moment, we spend our days carrying out ceaseless tasks, our lists ever-growing, and our time ever-shrinking. The density of the everyday is overwhelming and exhausting, carrying over from one day to the next. There is always something to…

And my life hasn’t fallen apart… yet

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There was a time in my life when I carried my Staedtler Fineliners with me everywhere I went. I always had a ruler handy and you never would have caught me without at least three full-size erasers. …

And neither are you

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If given the opportunity, I could not pick up Thor’s hammer. For what it’s worth, I also could not jump on a grenade, sacrifice myself to the quantum realm, or snap beneath the weight of the Infinity Stones. I was built to endure the world, not save it, and I…

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