March 2020 Archives

Surface Pro Update: My First Real Test and Improving “Lappability”

A few updates on the Surface Pro 7 that I purchased in November as a Chromebook replacement: Downtime While Traveling Earlier in March, when travel was still allowed, my family and I were out of town for a wedding. Friday morning, I woke up to a barrage of downtime alerts on my phone. I grabbed my Surface Pro out of my luggage, booted up, and starting digging in. It was perplexing because our server was up and looked fine, but Detailed Image wasn’t loading. I… Continue reading

3/30/20

Do Something Fun!

Like many families, we’re adapting to life with everyone home every day. My wife and I are both working from home while also caring for our 3 year old whose daycare is closed. It is a challenge for sure. There’s plenty of stress and plenty of questions about how we’re going to find enough time to work and how long this will go on for, and I’m trying to ensure our business and employees come out of this in a good position too. Everyone is… Continue reading

3/23/20

How We’re Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

There’s no playbook for dealing with the challenges that the past week has brought upon everyone. I think with any crisis, the smart thing to do is to identify your biggest threats and prioritize a plan of attack based upon the most critical thing(s) in front of you. We sat down on Monday to do just that for our business (virtually on Skype, of course). That feels like a comically long time ago as I’m writing this on Friday afternoon. But for the most part… Continue reading

3/20/20

Blocking out a “Movie” Worth of Time Each Day

I recently listened to a fantastic interview on The Tim Ferriss Show with Gary Keller of the real estate firm Keller Williams (KW). One discussion about productivity stood out to me. It was about the idea of carving out one “movie” worth of time every day for your most productive work. The analogy works really well: it’s a 2-3 hour time period where you focus on one thing, turn your phone off, eat and go the bathroom ahead of time, and – in my case… Continue reading

3/3/20