Good sandwich, bad sandwich

Focusing on what matters feels like the riskiest thing to do.

You want to cover all your bases.

Diversify! Everything!

But it’s like this:

You have a loaf of bread. Those are your possibilities. One slice of bread = one possibility.

And you have a big spoonful of peanut butter and a big spoonful of jelly.  That’s you. Your resources: time, energy, money, attention, ability. A couple… Continue reading

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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

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Ways to say No

No.
No, thank you.
Thanks, but no thanks.
That sounds lovely, but no.
Not right now.
Not for me.
It’s not an option.
I can’t.
I won’t be able to.
It won’t work for me.
I have a conflict.
I have plans.
That’s a negative.
I’ll have to pass.
I have other things planned for that time.
My project list is already full for the month/year.
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How to stay in a creative rut

1. Keep comparing what you need to do with what others need to do.

And focus on the seeming inequality of it all. Your work is so demanding, your circumstances so difficult. No one else understands the struggle.

2. Don’t admit that your perspective might be skewed.

Don’t admit that your work will always seem more difficult to you, because it is your own.

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4 obstacles to creative work

To achieve excellence, we must first understand the reality of the everyday, with all its demands and potential frustrations.

Mihaley Csikszentmihalyi
1. Disorder

Disorder will not induce creativity.

If your work space (cubicle, home office, desk squished into a corner, your car, big desk in big office with nice view, studio, coworking space) is crammed with clutter or not equipped with the basic supplies you need… Continue reading

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