2019: Year in Review

2019 was a big year at Cardinal and one that tops an eventful decade.

Personally, I turned 50 (age, not IQ), which got me thinking about the life lessons I’ve learned over the past decade. (Read the article here.)

As I am heading into 2020, here are some new habits that I am taking with me into the New Year.

Among them:

  • Work in a 25-minute burst by using a Pomodoro timer
  • Use Suttna inside of Slack when I start the day. It reminds me to be intentional about the goals that are most important to me.
  • Remember The 80% Approach to allow me to get on with things.
  • Try one new habit at a time for 21 days. Experts agree that this is the way to modify behavior.

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This year was another fun and fulfilling one in terms of my writing and sharing information. Here’s a recap of my favorite and reader favorite articles that I’ve written over the year. Thank you all for your continued support.

  • Why Procrastinating is a Good Thing, 2019-03-12 The idea that procrastinating might not be a bad trait struck a chord with many of you.
  • Ways to Improve Your Attitude When On a Poopy Assignment. I admit the 7-year-old kid in me had fun having a headline with the word “poopy” in it. On a more serious note, I enjoyed writing about a client who illustrates what makes this job rewarding – don’t assume you know how things are going to transpire, and that there are a lot of great characters out there who will enrich your life when you don’t expect it.
  • This article on old guys on social media gave readers some chuckles.
  • Ahhh, David Tepper and the Carolina Panthers. I wrote a handful of pieces on this but here’s the main one. While I still think the deal doesn’t make sense, he’s demonstrated he’s a savvy businessman.
  • Kaiteki. This has been – and still is – an excellent assignment.
  • Announcing my brand new podcast – this was definitely a milestone. Have a listen – and please subscribe if you like what you hear and want more. I have big plans for the podcast in 2020.
  • This podcast with Ronnie Bryant generated some nice buzz, notably a mention in the up-and-coming business newsletter The Charlotte Ledger.

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