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Nick Simard
Father of 3, husband to 1, writing for fun. I’m an app-addicted autodidact & workflow whiz who dabbles in web design and writing. Sr. Community Manager by day.
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A colleague of mine at Zapier wrote an internal blog post about building a second brain, and at the very end he used this term that I hadn’t heard before:

Return on Attention

Most people are familiar with ROI (Return on Investment), and the concept is pretty straightforward. When you…

Photo taken by the author. Pictured: Brandywine Falls Provincial Park.

Last weekend, my wife and I took our 2 boys (ages 5 and 10) to Whistler, British Columbia, for a mini-vacay.

Driving there, we hiked to a viewpoint that presented us with precarious paths. It tested my boys’ resilience and mental fortitude, and we made it to our destination! …

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How does one become successful and self-actualized? Is it by getting up at 5:30am? Or taking the time to journal in the morning? Or maybe it involves meditating before you start your day. But surely, it’s important to express gratitude and to plan your upcoming week every Sunday night. Right?


Oh no! I used sentence case for my title instead of title case! I’m doomed, forever cursed to toil in Medium misery and obscurity until my dying day.

I initially did it because I wrote the title while on my iPhone and couldn’t be bothered to capitalize my words. …

I don’t even care if anyone reads this. I just wanted to write something, and looking at all my partially-started drafts was stressing me out. Thinking of which publications I could submit to was also stressing me out.

Seriously, when I first started Medium YEARS ago I just posted about…


I know everyone says you should add a featured image to your Medium story, and yeah I guess when you’re reading the actual story it’s nice to have that visual. …

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This is all in good fun, partially because I love words and playing with them. Hope you enjoy the alternate titles I’ve come up with.

1. Greedium

I’m seeing more and more people who appear to be writing on Medium simply to make money, and it’s not necessarily about the joy of…

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Let me first state the obvious. Humans are complex creatures and relationships require work if they’re going to succeed. The Internet (and Medium) is full of relationship advice so why on earth would you listen to me? …

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Let’s get one thing clear before I jump into this: I am as guilty as the next person when listening to “them” and “their” advice. …

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NOTE: I haven’t necessarily tried all of these extensively, it’s not an endorsement of these particular apps, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. I just thought these could be handy for some of you.

1. CloudConvert

CloudConvert converts files between more than 200 supported formats: documents, image, spreadsheet, presentation…

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