Behind-the-scenes advice for busy solo professionals courtesy of Michael Katz, Blue Penguin Development

was in Starbucks with an hour to kill before a lunch meeting.


Uh oh, their wi-fi wasn’t working.

Can’t read e-mail. Can’t visit web sites. Can’t check the weather in Ecuador.

So I pulled out a piece of paper (it’s a flat thing that you don’t have to plug in, never crashes and you can write on it).

Then I spent the time sketching out some thoughts about an upcoming project.

Surprisingly productive – and satisfying.

Wow. I may have to go old school more often. How about you?