Showing posts from September, 2017

The Bullet Ephemeris

I promised a review of this to someone on Facebook, so I figured why not write about it here and get a 2-fer.

I currently track the majority of my magical stuff in a bullet journal style ephemeris. I know there are some very awesome magical astrological journals and such (like this gorgeous one by Benebell Wen) but for me, there's something important about having my own journal.

First, it's always going to be more accurate. I track some things that are either less common (thanks to Gordon I'm a Decan fan) or completely personal (like times when the current astrological alignments match my personal horoscope). Things that I don't care about don't get in the way. Plus everything is in my timezone.

Second, there's a real power to handwriting the information in. There's skin in the game and a sense of ownership of the book. Plus unlike digital solutions, it's a real world object, which is important in my very digital life.

So what's a bullet journal? Th…

The EBER Project -- Connecting the Dots

OK, for those of you who work for a company, does your company have a mission statement? Do they have values? Do they articulate some annual or quarterly vision? (Quick Googling is allowed here).

Odds are they do (this is what E-staff do on all those off-sites and retreats after all). However, odds are lower that you know what those things say. And even if you are familiar, those lofty sounding and buzzword laden statements may not have any discernible connection to or impact on what you do every day at work. This is super common by the way, and has been the case at most of the companies I've worked for. They can't connect the dots between the strategic and the tactical. The strategy might actually make sense, but there's no link to your actual work. And the values sound good, but the company may not live by them.

But we aren't talking about companies here, we're talking about your life. And in your life you can do better. You are your own CEO -- who creates the s…

The EBER Project -- Goals and Tasks

Note: Big update to the Index Page...

One really common mistake people make in projects is confusing goals and tasks. It's such a common mistake that I recently slipped up on this myself during my last personal project (Project Ivy).

A goal is an end result that you want to accomplish. A task is a thing you will do to get to that end result. 

First issue: mistaking tasks for goals

When I started my project (about this time last year actually) I listed "get more outdoor exercise" as a goal. Certainly, getting more exercise isn't a bad idea, but if you think about it, it's not really a goal. The end result I wanted wasn't "more outdoor exercise" -- that was just a means to an end. Really my goals were:

Be more physically fit (which in itself is kind of a crappy goal -- more on this later)Spend more time outdoors The outdoor exercise was just a way of reaching those goals.
So why is this a problem? Well, if you have a small project this may not be a big …

The EBER Project - It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint

You know how it goes. You start some new thing (class, project, exercise routine) and it's all rah! and charge! and jumping in with all kinds of energy... and then a few weeks later, you get burned out and it's not so great anymore. Or things are going OK, but then you get sick or something else comes along and it doesn't stick.

This is really common and happens all the time. And it derails even short-term efforts and goals. But let's be honest, three years is a long time. My energy is going to flag. I will get sick (I haven't been feeling that great actually). Work will get really busy (like right fucking now).

Something will come along -- something always comes along.

Which is why this is my mantra for long and complex projects: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint.

I'm currently planning for my project initiation and I've penciled it in for the autumn equinox. First, that's when I started my last project. Second, it's past Mercury retrograde. Third,…