"You Don't Have to" Series

You Don’t Have to: Focus on One Thing

A couple weeks ago in Fort McMurray, Alberta, an enormous wildfire tore through the northern Alberta town of 80,000, leaving burnt rubble that once was houses, vehicles and parks in its wake. The entire town had to evacuate, and for many people that meant only precious minutes to grab what was dear and hop in their…

Alternative Living, Independence

A Letter to the Mayors Around the World

Dear Mayors of the World, First off, I’m sorry to say that you have a tough job. Your cities are growing incredibly fast, with 2 billion people collectively coming your way by 2050. This is going to put some serious pressure on health care, education, and housing. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but here’s…

"You Don't Have to" Series

You Don’t Have to Do Anything

I’ve always taken pride in doing things differently – I’m left-handed, I hop on my bike when it’s dumping snow, and I have an overwhelming desire to try living in a tiny house. But at the same time, I’ve more or less followed the unwritten life checklist that middle-class North American life has outlined for…

Productivity

Getting Stuff Done: The Step-Down Method

No matter the situation, I always have an excuse not to be productive. From October to April I can blame my laziness on the cold, dark winter months, and the other half of the year it’s way too hot and sunny to sit at the computer and work on anything. So to battle this procrastination,…