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Mid-Year Goals

Because, why not cover your sofa in #goals?

As the last week of June stretches out before us and the first half of 2011 slithers away, I figure now is the perfect time to set goals for the remainder of this year. One good way to kick start this process might be to take a look at your New Years goals and assess what you accomplished, what you’re still hoping to accomplish and what just doesn’t matter to you anymore. Even if you only achieved one or two of the goals you set at the beginning of the year, take a hot second to bask in this huge victory right now why dontcha? After all, accomplishing even a single thing that’s important to you is damn amazing. Once you’re done patting yourself on the back and sipping a victory cappuccino, however, let’s get down to work…

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Anything and Everything

“You Can Do Anything But Not Everything” print

While the first step toward accomplishing anything is simply believing you can do it, I’d say a close second is setting priorities. Sure, I cling firmly to the idea that neither artists nor entrepreneurs would ever get anything done without carefree, childlike moments of viewing the world as a place brimming over with pure possibility, but this boundless world would be dizzying without a calendar and a realistic set of goals. This is why I absolutely adore David Allen’s quote, “You can do anything but not everything.” Yes, this dude is a self-help author and I apologize profusely if the thought of self-help books makes you gag, but that doesn’t change the fact that something about this concept really rings true. We live in an age of multitasking and “You can do it” landscape posters on every office wall, but none of this amounts to much unless we’re cognizant of what we really care about accomplishing and what we can live without. This is because – with the exception of Sanjay Gupta – no one can do everything and we all have to pick our battles, which can mean something as simple as choosing between running errands and making dinner or something as complex as deciding between having a career and raising kids.

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Organizing, Sweet Nothings

Fabu-Tired

Blinged-out tire in front of an automotive shop in Austin, TX

Do you ever have those weekends that just zip by, leaving no traces of where they ran off to? You know, the weekends you enter with the best intentions of catching up on sleep, errands and all the responsible things an adult should do, yet the kinds you find yourself and your carpets on the other side of feeling just as un-rested and un-vacuumed as ever? I just experienced one such blur of a Saturday/Sunday, but miraculously went into auto pilot today and reverted to a little productivity trick I learned a few years back. This recipe for making lemonade out of the most sour of Mondays is quite simple: it involves equal parts of one (1) giant thermos of coffee and one (1) tuna melt. Perhaps the power this combo has over me is associative or maybe it’s due to the rush of caffeine and protein, but all I know is that my friends Albacore and Jo helped me meet a deadline on four hours of sleep today. This ain’t too shabby even if I say so myself, and my day of making proverbial lemonade out of groggy lemons has got me thinking about the important life lesson we all eventually learn…The lesson of how to make the best of imperfect situations.

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Movies and TV, Organizing

On With Her Head

Jean Marsh as Princess Mombi holding one of her 31 heads in “Return to Oz” (1985), courtesy of Walt Disney

Do you remember the character Princess Mombi from “Return to Oz” (yup, I’m talking about the movie and L. Frank Baum book)? Do you also recall how this dark witch kept the heads of 30 beautiful women in a cabinet so she could change them out with her own on a whim? While this was purely an aesthetic dalliance for Princess Mombi, today I’ve been wondering what it would be like not only to change the physical appearance of our heads but also to switch out the brains inside them. I know this sounds like a ludicrous sci-fi fantasy, but hear me out and this just might yield a useful positive-thinking tip…

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Everlasting Notes

This heart of pushpins might not be the most archival method of note keeping, but the impractical romantic in me will leave it on my corkboard a while longer

In an eternal struggle to organize life, love, work and everything else that has the nasty habit of forming towering piles on all available surface spaces, I recently tried out a free software program called Evernote. After just one week leading the Evernote kinda life, I’m not only smitten, but I feel as though tiny revolutions have taken place in my mind and the landscape of my desk is now in the trustworthy hands of guerilla fighters from the Office Depot movement. The inevitable casualties of a coup d’etat aside, this is a very good thing…

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Sweet Endings

Gobstoppers, jelly beans and other bits of sugary goodness at La King’s Confectionery in Galveston, TX

I hope you are having a sweet end to an even sweeter week. Since this is a time of concocting many kinds of goals, I figured I’d share a tiny set of resolutions that could probably enhance all our Fridays. It goes a little something like this…

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Golden Goals

Yup, I actually own this “To Do/Tada” notepad and have been rationing out its pages since college

There’s something invigorating about the start of a new year. This probably has a lot to do with the way new beginnings hold such fresh possibility, specifically the possibility of turning over a new leaf and getting that much closer to the best versions of ourselves. It’s this opportunity for positive change that leads us to make New Years resolutions, but lack of planning and dwindling momentum often prevent us from meeting our goals. These lackluster results can either make us swear off resolutions altogether or cause us to get down on ourselves (I, for one, know I can get pretty blue when I don’t achieve something I set out to do), thus what starts out with such excitement soon becomes a drag. I realize this sounds pretty melodramatic, but it’s so true that the simple resolutions we make one night a year affect our feelings of hope and self worth in the months to come. Neither the practice of setting goals nor our own fortitude as humans are to blame; the simple reality is, very few people know how to go about achieving goals effectively. After many years of breaking far more resolutions than I’ve kept, I’ve learned a lot from the precious few goals I successfully reached. So, in hopes that this will help inspire even one reader to take 2011 by storm, here are my tips on setting goals and keeping your New Years resolutions…

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Pie in the Sky and on the Face

A competitive-eating champion is born in Lost Pines, TX

As part of last week’s festivities in Lost Pines, TX, I witnessed a children’s pie-eating competition. Whipped cream flew in every direction as these budding Takeru Kobayashis showed their stuff, and I couldn’t help marveling at the fervor with which the kiddos scarfed down cream pie one minute and ran off to play soccer the next. The far-too-adult me wanted to scream at them, “Don’t run around with all that dairy in your belly or a shark will eat you!” but the children were too intent on scoring goals and nabbing pie-eating records to heed any warnings that day. Half pints are often defiant in this way, and, although some would tell you this is because of ignorance and stubbornness, I’m starting to think it’s because kids dare to believe the impossible is – uh – possible. For a child it is completely within reason to eat five pounds of whipped cream, win a potato-sack race and reenact the World Cup in one day, and I think we adults could learn something from this attitude.

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Dying by the Desk

This morbid window display at Uncommon Objects in Austin, TX, doesn’t look too far off from the ideal, anti-slacker work environment

Sometimes we have to restructure our work habits, no matter how rigid and unchangeable they seem and no matter what our line of work. This is because of the simple fact that an unproductive, sub-efficient lifestyle does no one any good. When our work suffers it seeps into our personal lives and when our personal time aches it seeps back into our work, creating a cycle that often feels like it takes a superhero to recognize and nip in the bud…

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Art and Architecture, Organizing

Office Space Steampunk

Newly designed steampunk office space in San Francisco, CA, courtesy of Because We Can

If you could design the perfect space in which to work and create, what would it look like? I recently found this dreamy workspace via Tech Blog, and the velvet chairs and gears on the walls got my own wheels turning. The remodeled office belongs to Three Rings, an online game company in San Francisco, CA, that worked with the Because We Can design firm to construct an environment that would keep their employees happy and creative. The new digs include elaborate wood desks, a full bar and game room (complete with a pool table, video games, and giant octopus beanbag chairs). There’s even a bookcase that opens up to reveal a secret room – if that wouldn’t inspire your inner mystery novelist, I don’t know what would. To sweeten the deal even more, this setup reportedly cost half the price of traditional office cubes…

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