Janus (3): DC Reading List 2021

I’m trying a different format for this year’s reading list: a queue and a read (past tense) list. (Note that many of these are carried over from last year’s list!) The Queue Fiction:Don Quixote – Cervantes (Edith Grossman translation) The Three Body Problem – Cixin LiuExhalation – Ted ChiangA Hero Born – Jin YongUncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher StoweNorse…

Janus (2): DC stats 2020

DC visits year-on-year Year Visitors Change Page Views Change Views/day 2018(6 months) 229 – 700 – 3.8 2019 1,542 +573% 2,827 +303% 7.7 2020 8,094 +424% 11,196 +296% 30.7 2021 projections As of today, DC is a little short of 15,000 all-time views (14,833). Another year’s worth of traffic at the 2020 average of 30.7 view per day would add…

Janus (1): Looking back

Disclaimer: This post was written mostly for me – if you’re not me, you may wish to skip to the end or to skip it entirely! 2020: Goals in Review Looking back, who knew what 2020 was going to be like? I’ve heard several people say that it was a year in which mere survival (for you, for your organisation)…

Who knew?

This time last year none of us had any idea about most of the important things that 2020 would hold. Do we ever? Here’s to optimistic plans held lightly – to big ideas and humility – for 2021. Happy New Year.

Vanishing time

Have a look at your calendar for the month ahead. Observe its gentle slopes and rolling plains. Time. Space. Empty air. Enjoy the illusion: the days ahead will never – ever – be this free by the time you reach them. Those foothills will remain distant, blue remembered hills, just beyond the present; those plains elusive as gazelles. In their…

Strategy (7): interlude – strategy and scarcity

This is the seventh post in a series – start here. There will never be enough time, tools, people, or other resources to achieve everything you want to do – especially in the face of everything that everybody else wants to do. The practice of strategy helps us live with this scarcity by managing it: Eliminating possibilities, either permanently… or…

Strategy (6): Strategy and intentions

This is the sixth post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Good intentions Strategic plans are usually based on what things are like now,…

Strategy (5): Strategy is about plans (part 3)

This is the third part of the fifth post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. The second creation Planning may seem humdrum but it’s…

Strategy (5): Strategy is about plans (part 2)

This is the second part of the fifth post in a series* – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Strategic plans provide structure Planning is also about structuring…

To do lists (1)

I have still never found a to-do list format and medium that works consistently for me. I’ve been a Filofax user, tried GTD, experimented with various flavours of Kanban and tried Asana and a few other apps, but nothing’s quite stuck. I’m hoping to fix this in the coming weeks, so I’ve been thinking about what makes a good to…