Looking at what’s next for Apple. Since I’m a recent iOS convert, I’m kind of digging what’s in store.

How To Say No To People Who Want To Pick Your Brain (by marieforleo)

Because life is getting increasingly cluttered. Your sanity is important.

Kid President meets the President of the United States of America (by soulpancake)

Claire pretty much sums up the reasons I’m not as well.

Productivity, organization, time management. Great but…WHAT HAVE YOU SHIPPED?

Found Carmen Costa on a random trip through Bandcamp last year. Really like this album for some reason - too bad I can’t find any news about what he’s been up to (if at all) since 2010. Enjoy.

So last week I was miserable/fortunate enough to take on the task we all love to do: putting together furniture. As I opened the included instructions and flipped through the slightly crumpled pieces of paper - a thought began to form in my mind…

"I really don’t want to do this. Like at all."

The thought quickly became a moot point with the realization that I needed to sleep in a bed that night ( I was putting together a bed set) and this needed to be done before the quickly approaching season finale of Downton Abbey. I just imagined the head butler dude staring at me with remorse and disapproval

As time plugged along, I found myself rearranging equipment, staring puzzled at the instructional diagrams, losing/finding tiny pieces and zoning out about upcoming travel plans. Along with making up new swear words after accidentally learning on a sharp object - the project took me way longer than I anticipated, but got done.

In our work life - especially for overachievers like myself - it’s really easy to underestimate how much time it will take to get something done. Especially if you want to do your best. I’ve wrestled with this concept most of my professional career and I now have a new appreciation for the relationship of time, patience and the resulting success.

As trivial as it may have looked to an outsider, I was pretty darn proud of myself for sticking with it. Too much convenience can give you a bad case of the “give ups” for future challenges. I caught myself daydreaming about an app to magically translate paper gibberish of furniture instructions into an easy to understand video tutorial with tranquil music playing in the background. Ah well.

Challenge yourself to stick with the inconvenient stuff. Stretch your patience a bit more (with people too). Then see how the resulting successful moment makes you feel.