Saturday Mornings

The world is quiet on Saturday morning. My phone doesn’t ring. New emails are not piling into my inbox. The time is all mine.

While somewhat overstated, I seem to do 2-3 days worth of work within a few hours. The day is optimized for heads down, distraction free output. I’m afforded hours of deep work.

Why am I working on a Saturday? These days, my schedule is splintered by messages, meetings, and management. I share my time with two business. This allows our family to maintain our standard of living, my wife to stay at home each day with our girls, and my mind to fully leverage it’s passions and interests. The diverse contexts allows me to compress decades of experience into just a few years. I realize it won’t last forever, but I find the work invigorating and impactful.

Balancing Polar Notion and New Story, its likely someone is waiting on me for something. Saturday is my chance to catchup on everything. I crush outstanding tasks, send followups, and finish documenting any lingering thoughts. Anything that builds up during the week, it’s nothing a well managed Saturday can’t address.

I love leading teams and investing in the lives of others, but a block of time to myself helps me stay balanced. I’d likely trade a year of Thursday afternoons for a month’s worth of Saturday mornings.

Bringing Humanity Back to Email

A more productive and engaged version of you.

While exchanging emails with Adam Walker, a fellow Atlanta entrepreneur and friend, I noticed a message on the footer of his emails.

Adam’s message circa 2017:

Having batched email communication for years, this seemed like a thoughtful solution to the fervent-mailers who expect a reply within hours or minutes. If nothing else, it properly sets expectations and outlines personal rules of engagement.

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