Focus your mind by calculating your remaining days

A few months ago, I had a weird experience. I couldn’t remember how old I was. I knew that I was 41 or 42. But I couldn’t remember which. Was it denial-induced amnesia? I’m not sure. Whatever the cause, I had to calculate my age. It was 42. Where did 41 go? At that moment, […]

Optimizing for mindful moments

In business, you optimize for key metrics. But there will be several. To focus effort, you can identify one metric that matters most. This is your “north star metric.” In my current role, my team optimizes for user acquisition and retention metrics. Our north star metric is quarterly active users. This is because it reflects […]

Is mindfulness the better opt-out from the attention economy?

Today I finished reading How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell. I didn’t love the book, yet it’s important. So I find myself willing to recommend it nonetheless. Let me explain why. First, why didn’t I enjoy it? The writing style. Odell is an artist. Reading the book, you can tell. […]

Sometimes it’s better to turn towards the pain

This morning, I had a blood draw. I’m not a fan. I tried to give blood once and almost passed out. They unhooked me and fed me cookies. It’s an irrational response. It’s not that much blood. But it has evolutionary origins. If your blood pressure drops when you’re cut, you bleed less. So you […]