The Rules – An On-going List for Your Own Sanity

  • Follow your breath.
  • Do one thing.
  • Put things where you expect them to be. (If you don’t know where that is; clearly declare it or ask someone who’s been here longer.)
  • Use your words. No one knows what you’re thinking – they’re not you.
  • If you’re going to do something more than once – automate it or set it as a recurring commitment on your calendar or both.
  • Nothing good ever happens after 10pm.
  • Sleep on it. Only in a marriage proposal should you respond immediately. Everything else can wait 8 hours.
  • Love yourself more (now more, and more…). Your capacity to love someone else is limited by your capacity to love yourself.
  • Start the way you want to finish
  • If you have an opportunity to travel – take it. Do not cancel.
  • Default to ‘No’.
  • Schedule what’s next.
  • Ask for what you want.
  • Wash your bowl.
  • Take ownership.
  • If the question has even come to mind then, yes, you should quit your job.
  • It’s OK to have wronged, it’s not OK to lash-out, contradict, or act ignorant when confronted. Just apologize and make it better.
  • Prepare.
  • Order the fish tacos.
  • If there’s a solution – there’s no reason to worry. If there’s no solution – there’s no reason to worry.
  • First, take a step back. Then, actually try.
  • Opportunities to fulfill your dreams always ask before you’re ready.
  • You are, and will always be, your biggest problem.
  • If you’re in your office – you’re not doing your most important work.
  • The easiest thing to do is what’s on your calendar.
  • If it has a deadline, it’s not your most important work.
  • Really commit making the most valuable mess you can.
  • Commit. Pre-Prepare. Prepare. Do. Follow through.
  • Success is requiring less.
  • Make fewer, more significant, decisions.
  • Long game wins.

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