Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Whoa Buddy – It’s Hard to Slow Down on Mondays


Slow down to go fasterMan oh man, sometimes it is so hard to practice what I preach. All this talk of slowing down to go faster, enjoying the ride, focusing on the journey… sometimes is really hard!

Take today for example. After an AWESOME few days of focusing on my oldest son on our trip out West, I was so excited to wake up this morning and put my head down to hit the phone, crank out the work product, and really get things going for Quench today.

Well those who know me, know the problem. When I get so excited, I start to let impatience take over. I bite off more than I can chew. I blast out 50+ e-mails before 7am hoping to setup meetings, lunches, coffees this week. The only problem is, I sometimes initiate more than I can possibly follow through on. Arg!

So I’m trying to meter my Monday mornings now. I try to prioritize the top few things I’m excited about.  I pick the “ONE THING” that must happen this week and focus on that. And then I take some time to slow down. Instead of doing my run first thing in the morning, I actually am intentionally pushing it back to late morning. This gives me a good long break in the day. It is my “slow down” run. To get my week started off on the right track, with a focus on quality, not quantity… and clear priorities, to be tackled with a clear mind.

ps. I hope you are so lucky to be this excited on Monday mornings. (Here’s why.)If you aren’t, do something about it.


Woohoo – Today is a Fun Day


Michael in DC on Father Son Trip 2011

Michael in DC on Father Son Trip 2011

Wooohooo!  Today is in the top 5 favorite days of the year. It is the day my oldest son, Michael, and I are leaving for our annual father-son-only vacation.

This idea came from an EO colleague who suggested that the best way to build quality relationships with your children is to give them several days of dedicated one-on-one time in a different city, on a vacation designed just for the two of you.  I started it last year when Michael was 5 and we went on a 3 day trip to DC.  It was a blast! He still talks about it and we both took home great memories. It is an amazing time to just be out of the routine, away from distractions, away from the norm of life and only have each other to be with. I learn so much about him, and was so gratified to see him soaking up the world… to see him appreciating and AMAZED with things that I get sick of (escalators, airport trains, bag claims, taxis).

Michael in DC on Father Son Trip 2011

Michael in DC on Father Son Trip 2011

Oh, and STATUES!  The boy is amazed at statues. He wants to sit beside them all and draw them, while I’ve always thought they are neat decorations and probably some tax dollars wasted. But to appreciate statues like Michael gives me a whole new appreciation for life.

So today we are San Diego bound. We will do as much as we can- of course starting out with Legoland, but then on to the San Diego Zoo, and the USS Midway.   Wish us well.

See you next week!