Don't Die Trying
You can always die another day.
I'm a founder, product person, occasional consultant, and ex-software engineer. I love dogs, bright colors, novelty, and people who make me think. Does this read like a bad Tinder bio?
Stuff I'm curious about:
This site is where I get the thoughts out of my head.
You can always die another day.
There's a limit to internalizing habits.
2024 Martin to 2023 Martin: "Good job!"
It helps to have strong opinions.
You don't have to be efficient to get a lot done.
Failing to act, acting to fail.
Welcome to 2024!
A crucial end-of-year question.
Isn't always the most actionable.
Sustained intense productivity only lasts this long.
Or be an extremely ruthless prioritizer.
A few hours to get inspired.
Not all difficulties are made equal.
And the questionable timing of November birthdays.
What would you be like if you lived to 300?
Weak opinions, strongly held.
When the going gets tough, the clowns get going.
Let me think about it. Yeah, let's do it.
Thank you for arguing.
You don't have to work 15-hour days. But you can.
For those times when you're feeling a little too complacent.
Big cities: less livable, more intense.
You don't need to be 100% productive.
Just checking in, friends.
Mood tracking beyond journaling.
Staying focused outside your default environment.
An hour of clarity a day keeps burnout away, or something.
Feels good to know what feels bad.
What are your priorities?
Slow down, you're gonna crash.
When the Always Aware™ approach fails.
Structuring my time to enjoy spontaneity.
Yeah we should do it someday.
Open-mindedness is kind of a superpower.
This simple technique will turn your life around.
Also known as the Thought Transformation Tracker, Brainwave Blueprint, Consciousness Control Center. (Apparently ChatGPT likes alliteration.)
Lots of moving parts and we're throwing a wrench in there.
Principles, behaviors, and the science of teabags.
Keeping a holistic view of your own world.
This one simple trick will extend your life. Neurologists hate me.
Routines, distraction blockers, and doing nothing.
But we have many cool things to lose.
Creating and shattering a magical user experience.
Modern medicine is truly futuristic.
A healthy mix of activities in a focused manner.
a.k.a. "Martin learns the basics of climate change"
How can some people get 1000x more done than the rest of us?
And we suck at dealing with it.
It's how I feel about life sometimes.
Not a fan of the concept of aging, but I've found ways to deal with it.
Not quite a year in review, but close.
Should you stay or should you go?
Felt a bit like a home I've never been to.
And how I deal with it.
I finally got Twitter after years of not getting it. Here's what I know.
Here's what helps me get going when I'm stuck.
Write in public. Publish imperfect. Edit later.
Don't usually make for great businesses.
People hate working on things that don't make sense. But you know what's worse? Having to
Martin the Guy vs Martin the CEO.
There's a lot to love about product management if you're into dynamic environments. The word "
How do you become an effective PM?
A while ago, I asked a few of my ex-colleagues, teammates, and employees one question: "What makes me a
You probably won't kill anyone when you make a mistake as a product manager or a founder, right?
When do you ship and when do you fix?
Look at the past, the present, and the future.
What does a day in the life of a product manager look like? Ideally, it's fun. And by
Tools alone won't make you a great PM, but they will make you a better one.
It took me a while to go from software development to product management. Here's how I got here.
Today, budgeting is one of my core habits that powers my whole financial life. But it wasn't always
Keep it simple, keep it powerful.
Don't end up on the wrong side of history.
I was faking it till I made it. Except that I didn't make it.
The infinite play of life is joyous.
There are many other reasons to write, but these ones are mine.
Get creative, be public, keep going.
Please Mind the (Procrastination) Gap.
Your life depends on your habits.
As long as it's not Frustrating.
Not all practice is created equal.
Perhaps it's time to stop with the holiday waste.
No Hard Feelings is about being human and harnessing the power of our emotions at work.
How I get shit done when I don't feel like doing shit.
How starting feels sometimes.
15 seconds a day keeps anxiety away, or something.
Turns out tracking calories can be addicting.
...is kind of a pain in the ass.
This website is built and hosted with Ghost. Here's why.
Why have a personal website anyway?
I fell in love with audiobooks, but not before abandoning books completely.