MWH #29 Enamored with notebooks

This week I share about a significant birthday, a leather notebook cover, and a new psychiatrist. Mental Work Health weekly updates are an ongoing series in which I share what it is like to live with OCD in an effort to reduce the stigma around mental health, particularly in the workplace. Something hard This week’s version of something hard is not so much one that has been difficult. Instead, it is hard to believe.

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Leather menu covers

My wife and I had lunch today at Maria Bonita, a delightful Mexican restaurant in a strip mall. We were on the way home from my therapy appointment and stopped to eat and chat. The food was great, but that wasn’t my favorite part. The ambiance was charming and welcoming, but that wasn’t my favorite either. I loved the menu. With all my heart. More precisely, I loved the menu covers.

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Holding fewer meetings

People at my work know that I am not a fan of meetings. I put together a presentation about communication principles and how we could have fewer meetings and be more productive. Essentially, less of this: And more of this: We need to move away from group gatherings that often waste many people’s time, and embrace individual conversations and relationships. I loved this article from Cal Newport: Combating zoom overload with reverse meetings.

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MWH #28: Waves of change

In my update this week, I share about more departures at work, writing by hand, and looking forward to a new psychiatrist. This is part of an ongoing series in which I share what it is like to live with OCD in an effort to reduce the stigma around mental health, particularly in the workplace. Something hard One of the hardest things about work for me is the people.

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Looking for distraction

I have taken off my phone most of the apps that are endless scrolling, mind-numbing distraction apps. However, I still find myself getting out my phone and looking for distraction. This time, when I caught myself, I decided I would write something instead. This is still a distraction of a sort, but a productive one. I always feel better after creating something, and often feel empty after mindlessly consuming. It won’t always work to do a judo move on my brain and convert the distraction-seeking energy into motivation to produce, but I’m glad it did this time.

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7yo: “The best tasting foods in the world are pizza, and watermelon, and broccoli. I love broccoli. Oh, and, um, shrimp. I really love shrimp.”

One of the most helpful things I have been doing lately is to try to start the day with some unstructured writing in an actual notebook with an actual pen.

Here’s an interesting challenge: Teaching sketchnotes outside

I have been asked to give a couple talks at a homeschooling conference about sketchnotes—one to young adults, and one to adults.

But there is a wrinkle.

My first post using HEY World: New things

The advent of HEY World has made me think again about everything I do and own online.

📖 Star Wars: Choices of One

By Timothy Zahn

📖 🎧 Leadership and Self-Deception

By The Arbinger Institute

7yo: “I like puppies better than dogs.”

Me: “Do you know what happens to puppies?”

7yo: “What?”

Me: “They become dogs.”


Me: “Puppies are baby dogs.”

7yo: “Yeah, but they’re mostly puppies.”


📖 🎧 The Anatomy of Peace

By The Arbinger Institute

📖 Star Wars: Allegiance

By Timothy Zahn

🛡 Communication synchronicity

A huge part of seeing and treating others as people, as well as increasing efficiency and productivity, involves understanding when to communicate asynchronously, and when to be synchronous.

We often default to ways of communicating that reduce others to objects and decrease their and our ability to work well. We are inundated with information, and yet spend little time considering different modes of communication and deliberately deciding which to employ.

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We let the kids open sibling gifts this morning and the 8yo received a water game, some bubble gum, and a multi-tool. He was so excited. “Dad, these gifts are perfect! They are from my three favorite categories—weapons, games, and food.” 😂

My wife and my therapist are two of the most amazing women I know. I feel so damn lucky to have them in my life. 😍

Today, for day 3 of #LightTheWorld, I wanted to share what brought me calm and peace in a turbulent weekend. Rediscovering coloring books was wonderful and exactly what I needed. 🖍

Mandala coloring pages

Starting a little late, but I want to post for day 2 of #LightTheWorld that the person who represents Christlike love to me is my sweet mother-in-law. She is tireless in serving others. I feel so lucky to be part of her family. 🥰