My name is James Koran, and although I haven’t published in a while I typically write about business and digital strategy. Today, however, I’m going to write about a different and equally important part of my life. Basketball.

I’m currently running travel-team tryouts for my local club. For the past two weeks, I’ve been evaluating boys and girls in 4th through 8th grades and it’s sad to say that most kids today have no idea how to leave an impression that increases their odds of being noticed and subsequently making a team.

A great travel coach considers a ton of…


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As 2019 winds down, and my to-do in 2019 list get’s shorter, I’ve started to wonder if we don’t overplay the mental divide between “this year” and “next year.” After all, there’s truly nothing fundamentally different between 12/31 and 1/1.

For many, the end of the year is a planning horizon. All of our personal and professional ambitions are planned, tracked, and thought about on an annual cycle. I have personal and professional goals that I plan/re-plan quarterly and annually. …


I’m writing this on my phone.

It really has me wondering about the impact that might have on my posts. For sure they’ll be shorter simply because writing is so slow… but what else changes?

  • I tend to compose in my head before my fingers move. This isn’t the case on a laptop where my hands start moving right away. As a result there’s a good bit less editing going on.
  • I can see less on my screen at once. Will that help me not go back and make wholesale changes?
  • I don’t have Grammarly running on my phone like…


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Although I’ve committed recently to writing many days per week, I can’t seem to find it in me to write today. Give my commitment to “hitting publish” I’m going to simply write-out how I feel. Luckily, no one’s reading!

I’ve started three different drafts today and I’ve deleted each of them a few paragraphs in. The first was about “legroom on airplanes,” the second was on “the nature of truth,” and I can’t even remember what the third was about. Yup, it was that bad.

In each case, I’d stop after a paragraph or two and begin to scrutinize my…


Wifi has integrated itself seamlessly into our culture of hospitality, especially in professional settings.

It’s the first thing that I offer clients that are meeting at my offices (after water…


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Completing an operational task takes X mental energy. Let’s assume that this is fixed regardless of when you do the task.

Carrying that task around in your brain (or even on a todo list) so that you remember to do it and when it needs to be done, etc… takes Y mental energy. The longer you “carry” this task without completing it, the bigger and bigger Y becomes.

The total cost of doing an “operational task”= X + Y mental energy.

When you’re working through operational tasks, it often makes sense to do as many of them in real-time as…


In college, I worked the night shift at a coffee shop that was very often completely deserted. This left me plenty of time to catch-up on my studies in between pouring coffee and steeping tea. When I wasn’t doing homework, I often carried three beanbags and juggled to pass the time.

You could say that, at its core, juggling is about keeping three balls up in the air simultaneously without dropping any of them. The longer you can go before dropping a ball, the more skilled you were. But it’s not really about catching.

To be a great juggler to…


This year, I’m taking off the entire Xmas week. That means that Friday 12/20 is my last “real” working day of the year. 14 days doesn’t seem like much time in the context of a year, but it’s a ton of time from an individual productivity standpoint.

How will I maximize the impact the next 14 days will have?

What can I set in motion today that will move me closer to the goals I set for 2019? What can I do that will better set me up for the goals I’ll set for 2020?

A few thoughts:

  • I did…

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