January 2017 Archives

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

How We Structure Paid Time Off For Full-Time Employees

One of the many decisions that requires some effort when hiring full-time employees is how to structure paid time off. We put a lot of thought into these decisions in 2010 when we brought on our first full-time employee. Since that time we’ve found that these policies have worked out really well for a small company like ours. PTO vs Sick Time + Personal Time + Vacation Time This, I think, is the first choice we made. Should we divide up sick, personal, and vacation… Continue reading

1/9/17

Diversity In Tech, Sports On The Brink Of Collapse, & Beautiful Efficiency – 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. I really enjoyed doing these link roundup’s in 2016 and plan on continuing them in 2017. In addition to being an outlet to share interesting stuff that I’ve come across, it also acts as reinforcement for me. I find that revisiting a story and summarizing my thoughts about it really helps my recall and retention, and… Continue reading

1/4/17