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Peter Koehler

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Personal Reviews

and the power of prioritization

The Power of The Personal Review

On a sunny morning in April 2015 I woke up early, took a shower, and grabbed my backpack like I do everyday to go to work.

But on that Saturday, I wasn't going to work.

I was heading across town to Portland's St. John's neighborhood - a neck of the woods I don't visit very often.

Over the next . . .

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June 23, 2016

How do you spend your time?

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This is Part 3 in a series on Productivity. While this post stands on its own, please read Part 1 and Part 2 for more on the topic.

How do you spend your time?

If you live until 80, you only get 29,220 days.

That's not very many! 

That's only 4174 weeks. 

How old are you now?

I'm already 10,269 days into this one life. 35% of . . .

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June 22, 2016

Why You Shouldn't Shop At Walmart

 My last post - Why You Should Shop at Walmart - garnered a bit of a reaction. (I even lost subscribers!)

One of my readers responded and said:

Provocative piece and lots to disagree about.

Two things that jump out:

1. Walmart's reprehensible labor practices and pay scales 2. One reason their prices are so low is because they beat up . . .

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April 27, 2016

How I Organize & Prioritize

 
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I think one of the most valuable skills I've learned so far in my career is the power of effective prioritization.
 
While I am certainly no master, I am way better than I used to be at understanding the Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule).
 
If you can figure out what the most . . .

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April 19, 2016

5 Lessons From The Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are one game away from setting the all time record for most wins in a season. 

As I've been watching this historic achievement unfold, I've found myself asking - what lessons can the rest of us learn from the Warriors?

Here's my best take at boiling down Golden State's success into 5 key lessons that the . . .

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April 12, 2016

The Aluminum Rule

We've all heard the golden rule:

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

What if we treated ourselves with the same respect?

I propose the aluminum rule:

"Treat yourself the way you would like to treat others."

Before we can reliably share our best selves with the world, we must first learn to treat our . . .

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February 11, 2016

Second Nature

Is up to you

The term second nature connotes a layer over one's "first nature."

While first nature may be immutable (a debate for another time), second nature describes behaviors, habits, and automatic responses that we can practice and learn with nothing more than intention and time.

When you google "second nature" - you find . . .

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November 02, 2015

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