Living The Dream

In William B. Irvine’s book on Stoic philosophy there’s a great passage on happiness: Most of us are “living the dream” — living, that is, the dream we once had for ourselves. We might be married to the person we once dreamed of marrying, have the children and job we once dreamed of having, and own the car we once dreamed of buying. But thanks to hedonic adaptation, as soon as we find ourselves living the life of our dreams, we start taking that life… Continue reading

3/21/17

Eliminating Clutter Revisited

Between our warehouse renovation and some recent construction at my house, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning out and reorganizing. In doing so I remembered my eliminating clutter flow chart from 2008. It’s as relevant now as it was then so I thought it was worth resurfacing:

3/14/17

Extending Our Employee Benefits To Warehouse Associates

We recently hired two more warehouse associates, bringing our total team to eleven (five warehouse associates, three salaried employees, and us three owners). We keep our job posting up on our website year-round, although we only open the application form when we’re accepting applicants. Each time we make a few tweaks to the application but for the most part it remains relatively the same. This time though, we added a really important bullet: Long term employees are eligible for health insurance and Simple IRA with… Continue reading

3/7/17

Wikipedia’s Bias, Facebook’s Monetizing Scheme, & Superaging – Link Roundup

Since I no longer post often on Twitter, I’ve decided to do a regular roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking content that I’ve come across recently. Articles Know Your Enemy: Celebrating 50 Years of the Forever War – a fictional story about a future America where we’ve always been at war [Wired] Is Wikipedia Woke? – how having largely white male editors impacts the types of content in Wikipedia [Businessweek] How to Become a ‘Superager’ – the key to living long might… Continue reading

3/1/17

Warehouse Renovation Complete!

During the last week of 2016 construction wrapped up on our warehouse renovation. It took us a few weeks afterward to complete our rearrange and redesign, but now we’re finally operating at full capacity in the new space! The photo above is a look at the space that we’re currently using for packing and shipping orders. Our total space doubled from around 5,000 sq-ft to around 10,000 sq-ft. For packing and shipping, we’re essentially using the same inventory zone system I detailed in 2010, with… Continue reading

2/21/17

The Technology Sweet Spot

We recently picked up one of the ~$50 Kindle Fire 7″ tablets for use within our warehouse (more on the specific use in future posts). It’s perfect for what it is, a super cheap tablet, but it’s noticeably worse than the Fire HD 8 tablet that I purchased on Black Friday for my personal use for ~$30 more. The screen isn’t very good, the build quality feels quite a bit cheaper, and it’s a step slower. This got me thinking about the sweet spot when… Continue reading

2/14/17

Leveling Up My Standing Desk

Last year when I upgraded my standing desk to a VariDesk and purchased new monitors I thought that I had more or less created the perfect standing desk for myself. To me, a great standing workstation allows you to stand and move around comfortably most of the time while still having the ability to easily transition into leaning or sitting positions without any compromises. The more that I worked in last year’s setup, there were a few compromises that I wanted to attempt to fix:… Continue reading

2/7/17

Vacations vs. Trips

This is sort of an addendum to my Hacking Vacation Time post from the fall. I like to categorize my travel as either a vacation or a trip. Let me explain. The goal of a vacation is to relax. I don’t over-schedule my time. I like to be doing things each day, but at a relaxed pace. A perfectly acceptable day might be getting up late, eating breakfast, lying on the beach, and then grabbing a nice dinner. On my travel days I don’t want… Continue reading

1/31/17

The New York Times Weekend Briefing Is The Only “News” I Read

James Altucher has a really good quote in Tools of Titans: Short and Sweet On the Value of Selective Ignorance, After Working at a Newspaper “You’re basically told, ‘Find the thing that’s going to scare people the most and write about it.’…It’s like every day is Halloween at the newspaper. I avoid newspapers.” Tim Ferriss has mentioned this before, and I think it’s one of the better takeaways from The 4-Hour Workweek: I never watch the news and have bought one single newspaper in the… Continue reading

1/24/17

My #1 Productivity & Life Balance Improvement From 2016

It’s rare that I make a productivity change that I would call life changing, but there’s one quick and simple change that I made last year that I think meets that criteria. When I stop to think about it, I marvel at its effectiveness. About a year ago I wrote about how I set up Gmail label notifications on Android as a means to disconnect. Essentially, anytime there’s an urgent work issue that needs my attention I receive a notification on my phone. Most of… Continue reading

1/17/17