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Intuition vs. planning

Acting on your intuition is trusting yourself: your ability to learn, to adapt, to understand, to see, to decide, to act.

Acting on your intuition is assessing and deciding what matters, what is really going on, as you are in the moment.

It’s allowing the flow of reality as it plays out to interact with the internal understanding that’s going on inside you… and then making conclusions… Continue reading

Keep it simple

Simple systems

Productivity systems work best when they are simple.

Complexity adds complexity, which means that there are more parts and dependencies to manage.

However, simple for the sake of simple doesn’t always work. Too simple is just as ineffective as too complex.

A good system has to be effective, which means as complicated as necessary to actually do the job.

A notebook and a pen might work… Continue reading

No lame plans

Make a better plan

Much of your stress starts with either lack of a plan or a bad plan.

Lack of a plan means that you have no (known, valid) reason to say no. Requests, demands, suggestions, obligations, interruptions come at you. You stutter and stammer and end up obligating yourself to 157 things you don’t want to do.

But without a plan, you have no direction. You have not claimed… Continue reading

Get it while it's hot

The price of action

There is a difference between striving for excellence and striving for perfection. The first is attainable, gratifying, and healthy. The second is unattainable, frustrating, and neurotic. It is also a terrible waste of time.

– Edwin Bliss
Imperfect progress realized is better than perfection imagined.

A perfectly imagined work of art is useless until it exists outside of your head. And outside of your head it won’t be… Continue reading