Blogs I’m Following (Part 3) – Misc.

This is the third and final installment of my favorite Blogs and RSS reeds on the Internet.  This is a small sample of the other sites I follow.  Everything from comedy to crackpots to cigars.  I hope you find something new in the list.

FAIL Blog – If you like seeing people paying the price for stupid actions this is the site for you.  There’s usually some pretty good signage mistakes too.

The Oatmeal – I’m really not into modern-day cartoons and comics (Dilbert is lost on me & The Far Side no longer exists) but this guy hits my funny bone just about every time.  Fair warning, these are usually not kid friendly or safe for work.

David Allen Company – In my opinion Getting Things Done (GTD) is the best life management system ever created.  I started with the book, attended the seminar, and intently read every newsletter from the David Allen Company.  This guy is a former hippie (for lack of a better term) turned entrepreneur and productivity demigod.  If you are looking for an alternative to all of the other systems, give this one a try.  It’s been truly life changing for me.

The Art of Manliness – From shaving to shoe shining to being a better man, this site has it all.  Sometimes it’s a little “old fashioned” but the articles are well written and have a lot of good content.  This concept would make a great magazine.

ThinkGeek : What’s New – The premier geeky toy store in the internet.  It’s also one of the best sources for everything caffeine (and bacon) related.  Where else can you buy Caffeinated Marshmallows?

Cool Tools – Not as active as it once was but you can still learn about such things as the Bombproof laptop case and Dependable soldering irons.

No Agenda – This podcast stars former MTV VJ Adam Curry & and tech columnist John C. Dvorak.  It covers mainstream and not so mainstream media.  Always good for a laugh and exposure to a new conspiracy theory.

Daily dose of imagery – As a photo hobbyist I always enjoy seeing other peoples work.  More often than not I get inspiration from these images.

Every Day Carry – I always called it “Being Prepared” but there’s a cult following to the Boy Scout motto.  This site posts user submitted images of their EDC items.  From watches to knives to guns, it’s all there.  I’ve found a few neat tools on this site that I’ve added to my daily carry.

Cigar Aficionado – The website is a treasure trove of information to the cigar enthusiast.  Just about all of their back issue articles are online and the review database is a great resource.

So there you go, some of the more non-traditional items that pique my interest.  If you have read all three posts you can probably put together a more accurate picture if me and my lifestyle.  There’s a few things you probably don’t know about too.  Stick around and check the blog for future posts.

Part 1 & Part 2 of this series.

Priorities & Responsibilities

It’s been a while since I posted a “meaningful” entry to the blog. Woke up early this morning & spent some “me time” catching up on my RSS feeds & enjoying some music from Pandora.

I started thinking about Priorities & Responsibilities… We all have them.  The older you get the more you have & the more you should be able to manage them.  I think I do a reasonably good job of managing mine but without a regular review it’s easy for things to get out of balance.

My current responsibilities include (in no particular order) but are not limited to:

  • Husband
  • Father
  • Friend
  • Employee
  • Consultant
  • Leader
  • Home Owner
  • Citizen

Some responsibilities are easy to prioritize.  My family comes first above all else, including myself.  I absolutely cherish my friendships and my employment helps me enjoy all of it.  I’m deeply proud and honored to be an American citizen & could not imagine living in another country.

The difficulty I sometimes have is prioritizing my responsibilities.  I love my job and have been very fortunate to find a company as supportive and encouraging as the one I’ve been at for the last 5 years.  BUT, it’s very easy to get swept up in a project at work and let other things slip.

As hard as I work and as much as I love doing it, the weekend is my goal each Monday morning.  I live for the weekend and try to make the most of every one.

We all have our pleasures in life as well, and some of our responsibilities are actually pleasurable.  These have to be prioritized along with everything else.  Throw in a few wants/needs & you have the makings of a complicated, albeit rewarding, life!

If it’s been a while since you’ve sat down and reviewed your Priorities & Responsibilities, take a moment to do so.  I’ll bet you find a few areas that have been neglected…

Seventeen Dollars For A Notebook? Well Worth It, Say Fans had an article about one of my favorite daily carry items, the Moleskine notebook.  while expensive when compared to spiral bound notebooks, the craftsmanship is first rate & you will want to write in it all the time!

I’m glad to see people still taking the time to enjoy the finer things in life.

If you’re going to be traveling soon the City books are a really good accessory to have with you.  You can document your journey and create a real keepsake for future trips.

Making it All Work by David Allen

david-allenI received an unexpected email from the other day.  It was a notification that a book I pre-ordered last summer (and forgot about) had shipped.  The package arrived today and inside was a fresh copy of David Allen’s new book titled Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life.

This is Mr. Allen’s third book and early reviews indicate it’s a great follow-up to the hugely successful Getting Things Done book published in 2001.  His second book, Ready for Anything, was basically a list of 52 productivity principals each dedicated to their own short chapter.  I didn’t find it as groundbreaking as the first book but it’s still a great read.

I’m looking forward to blocking out some time in the next week and digging into the latest publication.  If it’s as good as the reviews indicate I think I’m in for a treat!  If you ever get a chance to see David Allen in person do it.  He’s an awesome public speaker and his presentation is outstanding!