Weekly planning time

I have let this habit lapse for the last couple of months. So I’m writing about it to make myself start doing it again.

I like Sunday nights.
End of the week, new beginning ahead. Time to sit down, look at the week ahead, consider both my ideals and my reality, and think about how it’s all going to mesh.
It’s a good time to consider that there are always more
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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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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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The problem with outcomes

The problem with outcomes is that we don’t always know where they come from.

The desire for an outcome, I mean. Where does that desire originate?

We think we want a particular outcome, but sometimes, we find that the goal we’ve set isn’t really what matters at all.

Maybe we’re after something deeper, something different, some feeling we think the goal will give us.

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Action

Back to the Productivity Dictionary

a. An action is a task or item to do, a thing that is accomplished by effort, by expending energy.

b. It’s discrete, at least to some degree, and particular, meaning that it can be done by itself, free from dependencies, and within a limited amount of time.

c. Actions that take longer than a few hours should seen and understood… Continue reading

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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

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