Chad Stovern

:. Christian. Husband. Dad. Geek.

What you should be doing even when you don’t want to

Mon 16 February 2015   filed under: productivity   tags: focus procrastination distraction

Brett Terpstra’s interview with Rory Vaden was a gold mine, I highly recommend a listen.

Here are a couple pull quotes in no particular order that I thought were nothing other than amazing:

Successful people and top performers at some point learn to do the things they should be doing even when they don’t feel like doing them.

This is very true. Many of the people that inspire me, are great at this, and it’s really hard to be great at doing things you just don’t feel like doing.

Procrastination and indulgence are nothing more than creditors that charge you interest.

Relating procrastination to personal finance really resonates with me. “I’ll do it later” just leaves you feeling behind and you can’t catch up. Taking care of priorities before fun is one of the smartest things you can do.

The paradox principle of sacrifice:
- Easy short term choices lead to difficult long term consequences.
- Difficult short term choices lead to easy long term consequences.

It’s really easy to eat a cookie and grab more coffee than to go for a run and drink plenty of water each day. :-P

Mon 15 December 2014   filed under: technology   tags: css design

I decided that I wanted to be one of the cool kids that could do style quick pull quote + commentary posts.

Problem: My custom theme’s CSS just left pull quotes looking like plain indented text… blah, blargh, barf.

I don’t pretend to be a designer today, but I want things I make to minimize eye-bleeding whenever possible.

I gave myself a timebox of 15 minutes to find a workable solution and here are the fruits of that labor:


blockquote {
    margin-top: 25px;
    margin-bottom: 25px;
    margin-left: 50px;
    padding-left: 15px;
    border-left: 3px solid #ccc;


Things can be ...

Mon 15 December 2014   filed under: productivity   tags: sleep focus care

Rest begets awareness.

Awareness begets prioritization.

Prioritization begets caring.

Caring begets achievement.

This is Eddie Smith at his best. It’s also some of the best advice you can follow, but it’s really hard and seems counterintuitive at times.

Thu 20 November 2014   filed under: productivity   tags: coding

I’m pretty excited about my new job that I’ve been at for about three months now. One of the great parts is the allowance for on the job time to beef up my coding skills.

I wrote about the entire journey for our “Inside iDoneThis” blog; go check it out here.

Dream Mindmap

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