Caligater Weekly Digest - Measuring

I’ve been measuring, taking count, noting moments of life.

During my work days, I’m a list-maker. I write to-do lists mostly because I have a miserable memory. But I realized they weren’t helping me see my overall progress. So I started keeping a “Today I Accomplished or Created….” google spreadsheet. It has two columns: date column, and Accomplished or Created column. I keep it simple and specific: “Outlined next week’s blog post with partner” or “Drafted v1 sponsor satisfaction 5-question survey.” After just a month of making these notes, I’m noticing patterns and gaps in my day-to-day. Surprisingly, this silly practice has seduced me out of the forest and onto a mountaintop. Forget about getting lost in email or having my focus interrupted by pesky tasks; I’m now making darn sure I can say I accomplished or created something significant each day.


On the topic of measuring, this article is so good. “Almost every 8 day included some element of novelty” - I tracked my mood every hour for a month. Here’s what I learned about happiness

I miss working with Sarah Bray, but fortunately she’s always cooking up cool projects - Hello, Month

The powerful ways in which we are capable of forgiving—and reconciling - Portraits of Reconciliation

I spent 5 years working in the restaurant industry. I still learned some things about tipping - Everything You Don’t Know About Tipping

This essay knocked the wind out of me, then pulled me back to my feet and gave me a swift kick in the britches - When You’re at the Crossroads of Should and Must

I’ve been obsessing over France. I even created a Pinterest board (and we all know that means business) - Why French Women Wear Scarves

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Caligater - Weekly Dispatch

Welcome to my new(ish) weekly note to you. I’m doing a lot of writing behind the scenes, though none of it is ready to live here. However, I’m reading, watching and listening to so many interesting things I want to share with you. So, this Weekly Dispatch.

Things that have been on my mind lately: sincerity vs. hypocrisy, reluctant redemption, and memories of summer campfires.


This lovely article can be distilled in this admonition: “Kindness is not always as heavy as action: it can be as light as speech or as invisible as inaction.” - Your Kindness Is Good for You

Getting beyond asking someone “How was your day?” to better questions. I’m working on this. - The Questions That Will Save Your Relationships

I really dig Austin Kleon’s openness about his creative process. - 10 Ways To Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

Film and digital photography’s bias against dark skin. - Teaching The Camera To See My Skin

Technology (like substances) can be an addiction to avoid discomfort. - The First World’s biggest addiction

Excellent people skills are a superpower. - People Skills for Web Workers

It isn’t so much about “finding” your creative voice as it is about expressing the one you’ve already got. [Video] - James Victore: Your Work Is A Gift


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Caligater - Weekly Dispatch - March 31, 2014


Two things I’m particularly excited about working on at Techstars right now: Patriot Boot Camp and Risingstars Boot Camp

Loving material things more can improve us (and our lives) – The Love of Stuff

The chasm between journalists and academics is closing – The Real Reason Nobody Reads Academics

I’ve recently become smitten with archival collections (photos, oral histories, diaries) – Midcentury Photos of Cuba

Admitting when I’m wrong has often opened doors for me, painful as it can be - How Admitting You Are Wrong Might Land You in The Right Place

I’ve started doing this. (It’s also an excuse to buy nice pen(s)…) – How and Why to Keep a ‘Commonplace Book’

In a sea of constant, continual, continuous information, we’re tasked to filter and consume with purpose – Drift

Always, forever enjoying these weekly dispatches (both Uncommon’s and Austin Kleon’s weekly emails inspired my new format here) – Uncommon

This is on repeat. I’m loving the r&b and soul influences – Iron & Wine, Ghost on Ghost

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