American Unity

The #debate tonight, right?   In a word: yikes.   What do we, as Americans, even do with this? Do we break down into opposing camps with sloganed tshirts, Adorable Deplorables vs. Miss Clinton if You’re Nasty? Sit back and let the yelling continue for another few weeks, then somehow magically unite again? Turn to pop culture where heroes actually exist and never die? Hope that a meteor takes us …

Starting 2017 Off Right by Starting it Right Now

You know how annoying it is when stores skip past Halloween AND Thanksgiving and start putting up Christmas decorations in October? Well allow me to be even MORE annoying by skipping all the way to New Year’s! Not that I’d ever actually skip Halloween, it’s by and far the best holiday #fightme But here’s the thing: 2016 has been *kinda* rough. On a national scale we’ve dealt with what seems …

I’m (finally) Back! And I Brought…Stickers?

If you’re reading this after reading any of previous posts, you’re *probably* wondering what happened to me after that New Years Resolutions post (if you’re new here, welcome! and ignore this first sentence, haha.) The answer is, well, a lot! I’ve been pretty busy in 2016 with moving, graduating college, buying a house, and of course, Pokémon Go (more on that later.) To manage all this chaos, I’ve tried pretty much every productivity …

Changes for 2016! (a belated “New Year’s Resolutions” post)

Hello again, long time no talk 🙂 Though it’s taken a while to announce it, I’ve been planning some exciting new things for 2016 for the past couple of months.  The most notable feature will be “Three Questions”, an interview series with some of the coolest people I know!  I’ll be featuring a new person each month, so keep an eye on the newsletter for announcements.  Additionally, I’ll be launching …

5 days of S-mas: Sustain

Our final “S” is “Sustain!”  In a machine shop this is generally implemented in the form of reviewing how the other 4 “S”s are functioning within the shop, determining if they can be improved, and developing a process to do so.  The idea is to maintain and improve upon the positive changes that have already been put into place with the 5S process. For our purposes, this means reviewing how …

5 days of S-mas: Standardize

Today’s aspect of 5S is “Standarize”.  This step is key in a manufacturing setting, as it allows for the organization in “Sort”, the rearrangements in “Straighten”, and the cleanliness of “Shine” to be easier to maintain by implementing efficient, repeatable procedures.  The same is true for our purposes with mental engineering, as our newly established positive outlooks will be easier to maintain if we’re able to streamline our thinking, rather …

5 days of S-mas: Shine

The 5S step we’ll be discussing today is “Shine.”  Compared to “Sort” and “Straighten”, this step is relatively simple, but very important!  In manufacturing, this step ensures that work spaces are clean, well-lit, and generally pleasant to be in.  For our purposes some of the cleaning took place in previous steps, so today we’ll explore ways to minimize distractions, give yourself a rosy outlook, and generally make your mind a place …

5 days of S-mas: Straighten

The 5S attribute we’ll be discussing today is “Straighten.”  Yesterday we discussed how to sort through your thoughts and perceptions to identify which ones are helping you, and which ones are holding you back.  Today we’ll be exploring how to best put that sorting effort to use. An alternative translation for “Straighten” in 5S is “Set-In-Place”, because this step is all about finding places for tools and other necessary items …

5 Days of S-mas: Sort

Welcome to the first day of S-mas everyone!  Throughout this week we’ll be examining how to apply 5S methodology to your mental life, to become more efficient, happy, and peaceful no matter what you’re faced with.  Just in time for the craziness of the holidays too 🙂  Today’s “S” is “Sort”, so let’s get started! The “Sort” step in a factory setting would usually involve taking inventory, grouping things by …

Expectation Setting Redefined

Every day we’re faced with situations where things don’t go according to plans.  Maybe you have to deal with a difficult customer at work, or you get your new shoes covered in mud on the way to lunch, or your friends don’t text you back about your plans to meet up this weekend.  As annoying as it is when things don’t play out perfectly, a large part of the reason we get …