Hello, Medium Friends. It’s nice to meet you. Welcome to the deck of my home in the gorgeous mountains of North Carolina. Come sit with me and enjoy the view for a bit.
You see the fog settled in the river valleys? I love how it looks, like a swirl of cream in my morning coffee. Take a deep breath and imagine yourself here. Doesn’t that feel wonderful?
The Messy Desk Consulting newsletter From My Messy Desk is now up and running on Revue!
I also started a new venture writing for mental health and wellness professionals at DrMarieJones.com. I’ll…
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Did ya’ll get an email from Medium just now? On the off chance that you are seeing my writing in your Medium feed before you read your email, I’ll reiterate it at the bottom of this story.
My reaction to the bonuses — as presented in this particular email — is interesting to me, and I wonder what ya’ll are thinking, too. Please drop a comment on your take on the topic.
I think it’s smart that “top writers” in the Partner program are getting bonuses. …
How about you? Share in the comments: What are some systems you’ve utilized and what bad habits are you trying to break?
At the beginning of each month, I make an exhaustive "Nice Clean List" of all tasks, dropping those that I no longer want/need to do and adding those I've added to my daily bullet lists. Anything with a deadline is indicated and prioritized. (Now I'm going to add priority notes for tasks that other people are waiting for me to complete--good idea!). Weekly, I choose the projects that take priority and designate days to work on them. Each morning, I choose from my nice clean list (or urgent new items) 3-5 smaller tasks I hope to complete that day--I use…
As a child, I could never trust my body. At least one anatomical part would always be in open rebellion — my teeth refused to stand in straight military lines like everyone else’s; my eyes saw no further than a foot in front of my face; and my feet tripped me at the most embarrassing moments possible. with all of these problems, you’d think that I’d be on the lookout for any further insurrection. Nevertheless, I was caught off-guard when my back turned its back on me.
It all started when I got my first bra. Mom couldn’t figure out…
Brandonlini’s Law, also known as the “bullshit asymmetry principle,” holds that “the amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than [what’s needed] to produce it.”
Today, I declare this law irrefutable.
Almost a week ago, I wrote a piece Scholars Explore Bullshit that discussed psychological research on who is most likely to accept vague and ambiguous statements that lack meaning. Researchers call this Pseudo-Profound Bullshit (PPBS). Seriously, it’s a real thing.
As I was researching that piece, I discovered much more about randomly generated sentences than I expected, and want to share it with…
From My Messy Desk explores inconsistent organization, messy productivity, and happy life. It is the official publication of Messy Desk Consulting, where we embrace neurodiversity and proclaim that every person is unique and valued. We share self-help content knowing that no solution is universal and only trial and error will help you find what works for your unique brain.
We’re building a tribe of open-minded Messies who want to bridge the gap between wanting to do things and actually doing them. “Just do it this way” doesn’t work. …
I just launched the From My Messy Desk newsletter on Revue, and am having an excellent experience so far. Everyone uses Substack, but (of course) I have to blaze my own trail. I’ve been using Mailerlite for my mailing list, which has powerful customizations and is perfect for automated email series. Still, I wanted something more straightforward to create visually engaging newsletters and offer a subscription membership level. Revue is free for unlimited subscribers; if you have a membership option, it costs 5% plus a Stripe fee (out of the $5/month I charge, Revue gets $.25, but Stripe takes $.44). Compare that to Substack’s charge of 10% plus credit card fees. It integrates with social media, mailing systems, and WordPress to move list members and content between platforms with ease. Twitter purchased Revue this year, so I expect further integrations and a higher profile for this platform in the future.
40 years ago this summer, I had my own scoli surgery. I have been dismissed for my "aches and pains," by doctors, because "scoliosis doesn't cause pain" but I have had some amazing docs over the years and am very lucky to be as able-bodied as I am. Aren't band and theatre geeks the best and most supportive high school friends, ever? I just submitted my scoli bio to a publication. I hope it comes out this month.