Chris J Wilson

I think we're doing the anti-best approach...

Best communication channels to provide content/web design updates at my work. 1. A document with comments/track changes.
2. Project management system with comments/attachments etc 3. Email, so there is an easily found record later. 4. Real-time chat application like Slack. (I’m open to hear about better ideas)

I haven’t counted to know for sure, but I’m fairly certain that our usage is reversed. From what I’ve heard about Cal Newports new book (a world without email) he seems to advocate for moving from email and real-time chat tools to those more asynchronous and focused channels.

I’m certainly wondering how I can encourage more of that at work.

Surprising outcome from my Readwise subscription: noticing punctuation errors in books.*

*pobodies nerfect

“How can I disturb your work as little as possible”

I ask this question whenever I need to contact someone at work.

My superpower is having the instinct to have a hair cut JUST before new lockdowns come into place. What’s yours?

Just ordered two pairs of classic earpods (3.5mm jack) as backup headphone for the computer. I don’t often think about the removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone/iPad but… it would be nice if it was still there.

🎙Against the Rules - The Coach in your head

I’ve listened to this podcast episode a couple of times now. The part that really caught me this time was how the leader is the interference. This resonated with me as I’ve seen work culture which comes from the top-down (the micro-managing CEO breads micro-managing managers etc. When the CEO looks for the person to blame, the buck gets passed down the chain) but I realised that I must be causing issues I’m unaware of. The idea that our attitude in one sphere might influence/reflect our attitude in another is one that is both obvious and counter-intuitive at the same time.

A mid day walk

I think about this a lot.

🔗 Jazz keys “When I write I hear music.”

Because this website literally turns your keystrokes to …well piano keystrokes. 🎹

I’m making a little Obsidian starter kit. A few pages that can help provide some structure and show how ideas like Maps of Content, backlinks, daily notes etc can work. While there are things like the LYT kit which have more, this shouldn’t impose too much.

Obsidian show and tell session - register free

tl;dr: I’m doing a guided tour of my obsidian system. provisional date April 6: 20:00 UTC

Obsidian can be really confusing, but I don’t believe it has to be.

I’ve been using Obsidian for a while and while I know my system is perfect, I’ve solved some of my core problems and it’s working for me.

So after a couple of people mentioned they’d be interested in seeing my system, I thought I’d host a “show and tell” session going through my system.

The date may change if it’s not a good fit for people so sign up even if you can’t make it.

Register here

Let me know any questions you have and I’ll do my best to address them.

A small adjustment to my obsidian system. I’m adding the 🌱 emoji to notes that are starting out/have no content. This makes it easy to search for and identify notes that are young sproutlings and emerging ideas and should encourage me to revisit and add more content. This is a brand new addition so oIll have to see if the reality matches the idea.

A journaling idea. Make a tag/notebook/whatever with “if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” and add picture or notes appreciating these small moments.

Anyone else?

It’s funny how the $44 annual price for craft seemed less like a bargain when I thought of it as a note app, but when I considered it as a hosted digital garden, it’s a bargain! (And to be fair, $44 a year is much less than Roam $15 a month which is worth it if you use it.)

(P.s. this is a psychological phenomenon called “anchoring” but it also shows how depending on the way you use things, something may be great value, while for someone else it isn’t)

A morning trip to the forest. A great way to start the day as a family.

My favourite Mac apps for 2021 — Learn Create Share. a work in progress list that I will continue to update. Feel free to recommend some other Mac apps I should check out.

No goldilocks option

I really hate things where there is no single “perfect” option, but instead a list of compromises and considerations. Some examples.


While there are definitely better and worse bags, the best bag for today might be different than the best bag for tomorrow. Today I want something small and discrete, tomorrow I’m taking lunch into work and need something to support that. Admittedly, lockdowns and work from home have made me forget about these issues somewhat.


Do I want the fixed lens rangefinder (yes, yes I do) that would be terrible for wildlife (okay, maybe not but I’m as surprised as you are). Or what about a small micro four thirds camera with cheaper fast lenses but worse low light performance and fewer megapixels? OR maybe a full frame mirrorless beast that costs an arm and leg and is so large you’d probably just take your smart phone. Every option has compromises.


Do I want the over-ear headphones that are comfy while at the desk, but horrible when out walking (I had a nice pair in Spain but it was so hot that I just avoided wearing them!) or the in-ear pair that are great when walking, but also never really fit my ears and get annoying after a while. Or Airpods whose battery die after a year and a bit.

The answer is both none of the above, and all of the above…but my wallet dictates none.

Compromise, or por que no los dos?

The solution is either to compromise for most situations (my bag approach.) or buy multiple (my headphone approach, although my airpods have now died…so I’ve ended up with one pair). Sometimes I wish there was a perfect solution in these areas but I suspect that even a bag which could adjust size would also be a compromise (not as thin when compact, not as comfortable, maybe not as sturdy).

At times like this, I’m grateful for those “coca-cola” options. The things where there’s one solution which meets your needs at least 90% of the time.

Literally just saw a video with the title [description of spoiler] : SPOILER ALERT

Friend, your alert failed me.

It's okay to take it easy somtimes

Last week I felt utterly demotivated. I’m not even sure why. Although I was slowly plodding along with my work for SPS, I felt like it was pointless and wondered if I should even bother. It turned out that I wasn’t alone. Chad felt the same way too for reasons that were similar and different. We decided to have a “lighter sprint” or even a “Sabbatical Sprint” – following the six week cycles of Shawn Blanc and Sean McCabe as well as have a call to discuss some things. Well, we had our call earlier today and everything’s changed. It actually started yesterday when I realised I had done more than I had set myself to do and some of my previous barriers had been removed. Those two small changes boosted my motivation and when I could share that with Chad, I felt rejuvenated. Our call only served to magnify that effect as we shared our frustrations, recent successes (however small) and some ideas for how we could continue in the future.

As I was walking home yesterday, I had this thought > “I don’t know who needs to hear this but take it easy on yourself… I don’t know who needs to hear this, but it’s time to dig in.”

There’s a real magic to knowing when we need to push past a barrier and when we need to slow down and take a step back. I’m glad I took a step back for this sprint, I’m excited to push harder for the next one.

Do as I say, not as I do.

I will never get over the number of times I see my company doing the very things we preach against. Today’s example. It’s probably that instead of updating a shared document, someone has made a new version that has updated details. Of course, they haven’t shared it with everyone which has caused some errors based on outdated information. The most infuriating part is we are using the very tools which are designed to avoid these issues. It seems the error lies between the monitor and chair.

Sold my old Olympus film camera. It wasn’t getting used and I have other film cameras. Although it’s sad to say goodbye, I believe that things and tools should be used, and it wasn’t.

I used final cut on my MacBook Air m1. It is incredible! Editing is just a breeze with this thing. I’m the bottleneck now.

Created a books page in my Obsidian system to track what I’m reading, what I’ve read and so on. I’ve had book notes in here for a while but not really a linking page/content page to connect to them. It’s nice to see an overview of what I’ve got on the go at once.