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3 Ways to Adapt Your Business to the Great COVID-19 Lockdown

Entrepreneurs like you and I have a problem—but it’s not the coronavirus (at least not directly). The IMF has officially classified the Great Lockdown as the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and where the world is reopening it’s becoming what The Economist calls the 90% economy. There’s no v-shaped recovery from here, the […]

My Essentialist Business Response: Running a Coworking Space During Quarantine

I opened a coworking space 58 days before the COVID-19 crisis hit the US and forced us to temporarily close. Here’s how I’m refocusing my business in response to quarantine, as part of the great lockdown. The first lens I use to make business decisions is essentialism, the concept of a disciplined pursuit of doing […]

I Threw Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner Out The Window Today

Don’t tell Michael Hyatt, but… I threw my Full Focus Planner out the window! The truth is, I love the planner-based productivity system and I have used it ever day for years (since the first prototype came out), but sometimes when I hit a wall. Does that ever happen to you? A few weeks ago, […]

Everything is Closed?! My Eerie Walk Downtown…

In the midst of the COVID-19 coronapocalypse, I took an eerie walk around downtown Columbia, TN (AKA Muletown) where every small business is closed right now! Including mine… It’s a bit crazy right now, just wanted to share what I’m seeing in an effort to connect to you. Entrepreneurship is always tough stuff, but this […]

Dear Entrepreneur Who’s Afraid Your Business Will Fail:

Congratulations! You’re normal—or at least as “normal” as an entrepreneur can be. Starting a business is crazy, considering most of them fail in the first year, and only a select few last a decade or longer. When you become an entrepreneur you close the door on the old, safe way of making an income where […]

My Annual Review (2019): The Year We Moved Into “The Blue House”

I’ve missed this, and it’s good to be back. I wrote a 2015 annual review and 2016 annual review, but I haven’t written one since then. I did publish a 2017 post that explained my change in focus, but I’m back to writing an annual review for 2019! This article is for me, because this […]

What is a Quarterly Offsite, and How Do I Take One?

As I was preparing my 2020 vision, and reflecting on this past year, I was surprised at what I learned. But first, a little backstory: This time last year, my wife and I were both frustrated with our relationship. Intellectually, we knew we cared for each other, but neither of us were getting the attention […]

How to Get 2020 Vision That Works

Have you set your goals for next year yet? In other words, do you have 2020 vision? 😎 My wife and I are going through Michael Hyatt’s 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever course this week, like we do every year around this time. The end of one year and the start of another […]