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Working It Out

Write note about note

The dream state can be fascinating, when everything is disjointed and illogical and out of sequence, but somehow makes total sense at the time. I’m no expert on why it is we dream, but it seems obvious the mind is trying to work through ideas, experiences and small problems that arise during the day. It […]

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What is measured is what improves

The newest tool in my productivity arsenal is a slick little observer called Rescuetime. Rescuetime un-obtrusively monitors your web browsing and computer activity then categorises it into varying levels of productivity e.g. Microsoft Word = Very Productive, Twitter = Very distracting. It’s easy to jump in and re-categorise time, or change whole categories – e.g. […]

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The Inspiration Myth

Somedays you get the lightening strike: as I once heard it put (very poetically) the “sparkle in the mind”. You’re a waterfall of ideas, you can solve the problem and find the just the right words. It is an empowering feeling, inspiration, when everything is clicking into place, seemingly effortlessly and when motivation doesn’t have […]

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One stepping stone at a time

There is a lot of rhetoric about goals and how to set goals. Are yours big enough? Are they too big? Are they SMART goals (Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-specific … on a side note can anyone let me know the difference between achievable and realistic in this context?)  and so on. Goal talk […]

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The Gap

At Luumin we think a lot about what helps people get more done in their lives. And what we frequently come back to is that attention to the task at hand and mindfulness about your time, energy and what you are working on are paramount. This is a great talk from Joe Kraus and I […]

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I could never run 1,000 miles. I can run 1 mile 1,000 times.

The question we’ve heard more than any other in the last year is, “so when are you launching?” It’s a tough question, one that makes you squirm. It implies maybe you aren’t working hard enough, maybe you’re holding on too tight, maybe you’re never going to get there. You’ve heard all the stories about second-system syndrome; you have nightmares about […]

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The reality of bootstrapping

This is our first post in a little while, but don’t be fooled into thinking that things are slowing down. We are a bit like a duck (as my Grandma used to say), it doesn’t look like much is going on, but we are paddling like dickens beneath the surface. We started the year on […]

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Much To Do About Nothing

It seems there is a new ‘to-do list’ application on the market almost every day. Many come and go quietly, hardly a blip on the competitive landscape, falling short with their usability and design. Others come from developers trying to scratch an itch; talented people who lack the time or desire to be there for […]

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After the hangover

Here we are just a few days before Christmas, and amidst the frantic shopping, parties and rushing to get work finished, we find ourselves thinking about the New Year ahead. There is something so enticing about the ‘fresh start’; the next step, the chance to make change in our lives. It is this feeling of […]

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Talking the walk

Somewhere along the line something went wrong. Before we started living our lives through computers, didn’t we used to show more respect? Raised voices and shouting were reserved for situations of real urgency; times when you had no choice but to verbally shake the person you were talking to. But now it seems to happen […]

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