End in mind

Producing creative work, freelancing, starting and running your own business is difficult, demanding work. If you don’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing, you’re guaranteed to flounder and get frustrated and have more than your fair share of failures. Continue reading

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Everybody will help you find excuses

And help you justify those excuses. And give you ideas for some more.

Everybody.

We don’t want to make people feel bad. Really.

And some of those excuses are legitimate, right? It’s nicer to agree. Sympathize. Give out pats on the back.

Why rock the boat? It creates so much drama. So we don’t call each other out on our whiny excuses. We nod and smile at… Continue reading

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Percolate

Back to the Productivity Dictionary

a. Percolating is the action of filtering gradually through a collection or substance.

b. Percolating is the essential second step in the creative process.

Creative work requires three legitimate steps:

  1. Taking in information — observation — idea-gathering.
  2. Giving our brains time to filter, sort, analyze, connect what we’ve taken in.
  3. Creating, building, from what we’ve gained
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