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A Better Beginning

Welcome to A Better Desk, a chronicle of one man's journey to become a slightly happier, friendlier, and more productive human.

A Better Desk comes at a time in my life when carefully crafted workflows are ripping at the seams and a hectic work life has left me in need of an outlet. Writing is ever present in my life, but lately it has been restricted to cranking out emails and meeting agendas. I'm eager to reclaim a bit of myself and my passion for writing, and I hope to make a few friends along the way. In the end, this blog is therapy for me, and I have no delusions of becoming rich and famous from my online ramblings. Cyril Connolly writes, "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self," and I've learned through experience that this is the only way to write.

Why A Better Desk? Having a better desk means more than using expensive apps, fancy pens, and a complicated paperless workflow.  Sometimes it means reflecting on why we work the way we do and why we spend so much time worrying about the things that we can't control. It also means learning how to work with others and understanding that, deep down, we are all still in grade school. Like any geek, I'm fascinated by all of the accessories of a productive work life, but I'm even more interested in examining my own stupid lizard brain and figuring out how to work around it to get the work done.

So what can you expect to find here, dear reader?

  • Personal workflows that make my life manageable
  • Discussion of a newly-found love of fountain pens and stationary
  • Stories from my journey to become a slightly-better human
  • The occasional app review
  • Tales from Japan and my sexy James Bond-like travel adventures

This list is not all-inclusive, and I hope to develop a focus as I go along. It's highly likely that I will quickly abandon this passion project, just like my ill-fated pez collection, but I'm eager to give it a shot.

Thanks for tuning in.

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