Month: January 2020

Lessons from Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen

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I benefited greatly from reading Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. My only regret is that I didn’t read it years earlier when I first heard about it. My initial reaction to a book about a framework/methodology for getting things done was: “I’m pretty organized, I have To Do lists, and I get stuff done every day. No need.” Such arrogance, such missed opportunities to get better. But better late […]

The Downstream Impact of New Business Decisions on an Agency Business

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Last week, our leadership team at Barrel spent 3 full days aligning on goals and priorities for 2020. We came away with some concrete assignments that will improve processes, enhance our service offering, and deepen relationships with our clients. A recurring theme that’s become clearer to us in the past year is that all the problems and all the successes of an agency business, when you get down to the root of things, really boils […]

My Single Stock Purchases of 2019

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I bought some single stocks this year for my personal portfolio. I’ve decided to revisit these purchases and make note of my thought process so I can do a better job the next time I decide to buy single stocks. Side note: when it comes to investing in public markets, I mostly stick with automated monthly purchases of index funds. I split some into a couple of no-fee funds from Fidelity, FZROX and FNILX. I’ll […]