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Hitchhiker JerichoThank you to everybody who has  stopped by and read, liked, and shared my posts. Since I’ve been getting more serious about content and chronicling my own journey in living at human scale and pace, I’ve migrated to professional web hosting instead of having my vanity domain redirect to WordPress.

My past content, including likes and comments, is now on the new site, and all future content for small. slow. happy. will be posted there. I look forward to our future over there, and hope you’ll enjoy the new look and feel as I continue to tweak it a bit.


Biking, Human Pace, Musings

Holding down the booth

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Today, I’m volunteering at the Indiana Trails Community (ITC) vendor booth at the Ford Indianapolis Boat Sport and Travel Show at the Indiana State Fairground. Stop by and say high if you’re at the show or in the area, we’ll be in the “quiet sports” section.

There are a lot of great local organizations focused on getting into The Great Outdoors (TM) at the travel show, like Indiana Trails, the Indianapolis Hiking Club, the Central Indiana Wilderness Club. Yes, there is a lot of buying and selling going on, but the crowds allow us one of the biggest annual opportunities to put the word out about the great work we do. Advocating for and building multi-use, non-motorized trails in the state.


To celebrate…

amcWould you like to try for the chance for an movie outing with a friend to help celebrate my new book?

If you missed the launch of “Human Scale Happiness,” you can grab a free preview from my Amazon author’s page.

Click on over to the giveaway page for your chance to win! One of the things I talk about in my book is focusing on people and experiences over things, so I thought that an outing with a friend to go see a movie would be a great way to celebrate.


Brain dump – part one

Do you want to take a few minutes to go over a simple process that will empty your head of worrisome details, increase your peace, and give you more time? It is a productivity hack usually designed to benefit your boss, but you are going to use it to buy back time for you.

Robert Allen talks about thjournese “open loops” that you mind keeps circling back around to because it senses that something hasn’t been completed. Most people tamp these back down with a promise of getting around to it sooner or later.

The way to close those open loops and keep them from pestering you is to complete the task. Completing it, or having a completion plan, will allow your mind to relax, and a relaxed mind is free to focus on more important things. But enough with the why, let’s move on to the how.

How do you get this stuff out of your head and into a system that will collect everything into a single, searchable, available everywhere bucket?

Evernote. Just sign up and sign in. That’s your bucket. So how do you get everything out of your head and into the bucket? A lovely little app called vJournal in the Apple Store and Ever Journal in the Google store.

I know what you’re thinking. “Jim, I thought that the happiness you talk about is based on human scale and pace.” And you are absolutely right; it is. But it is also firmly tied to human nature and human needs. And we need to keep our minds clear. The modern world doesn’t play well in that arena, but technology can assist us as long as the ball and chain is shackled to technology, and not to us. Some get by with a notepad and a stubby pencil, and it works great up to a point. But when it comes to putting the dumpings into the bucket, electronic filing and retrieval in unparalleled in how it rocks. ever

The journal is what will drive the data dump. Every single time your brain taps you on the shoulder and pesters you with an open loop, you’re going to grab your technology, tap the Journal app, touch the microphone button, and blab away. The microphone button is right there at the bottom, beneath the X key. Then you’ll touch the upload button, and it goes directly to your Evernote inbox so you can deal with it at the appropriate time.

So the next time your brain does that shoulder tap, you can elbow it away and get on with what you’re doing. At first, people are going to look at you like you’re weird because you’re going to be talking at your technology. At least until all of those open loops are closed.

Later you’ll deal with the information in your bucket, but getting it out of your head and into the bucket is “first base.” I talk more about that in my book, “Human Scale Happiness.”  But now that you know how to get there, what are you waiting for?

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Evernote, vJournal, or Ever Journal in any way besides as a customer. I don’t get kickbacks if you make a purchase, and I don’t share any information with them about you. If you want to give me money, buy my books. Thanks!

Lost and found

The weekend before last, I hiked the combined Low Gap and Three Lakes trails, and somewhere along the northern section of Three Lakes, I dropped a glove. My poor glove. I couldn’t sleep, thinking about it laying out there all alone in the dark, with the coyotes yipping and the owls hooting.

Not really, but I did drop some big bills on them, so this week I decided to backtrack the trail section after work until I found my poor orphan. Enjoy the vid.