For this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, Andy asked us why we do what we do. In the big picture, I use GTD 50,000 foot goals, and I translate that down to more tactical stuff in my Epic Life Quest. I’ve written a lot about the tactical stuff, but not the big-picture stuff. Here are my big-picture goals: Be a fantastic partner for my loved ones.Enjoy my time on Earth as many ways as I can.Retire with complete financial security. They’re in that order because I’m ridiculously lucky enough to have found a career that I truly love. You know what they…Read
Guy Glantser read my 2009 post on how I use GTD’s 50,000 foot goals, and commented: Hi Brent, It’s been 8 years since you wrote this post, and it’s still very inspirational today. Thank you for that! I wonder if you are still using the same methods today. If not, how have you evolved the GTD process over the years? I would love to read a followup post, or at least a short update. Thanks! Great question! Here’s how I use GTD, RTM, retreats, and the Epic Life Quest to manage my life. The book Getting Things Done tells you…Read
My email inbox feels like a battlefield. In a typical recent month, I had: I received 4,897 emails from 642 people, 76% of which were sent directly to me I sent 773 emails to 198 people. 55% of my replies were sent within 15 minutes (and that average includes emails I received overnight) My email client of choice: Gmail.com. A few years ago, Jeremiah talked me into abandoning apps altogether in favor of the plain old web browser, and it was a tough change, but worth it. How I triage incoming email Is it an automated email? If it’s part of a newsletter, distribution…Read
I’m always surprised when people say, “I don’t know how you do all that stuff.” I feel like I hardly do any work at all, honestly – I think I’m the least hard working person of anybody I know. I just follow six simple rules: Even my mirror self-portraits are incredible. And by that I mean lacking credibility. Rule #1: Decide that you want to be incredible. If you’re okay with doing an okay job, then you don’t need any time management. But if you want to have incredible results, you’re going to have to do incredible work. That doesn’t…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in California with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.