There is a pattern in many of my failures, my unsuccessful attempts at… whatever: I got too complicated. I created too many rules. I overwhelmed myself because the mental effort of remembering and following and tinkering with and optimizing and applying the rules was too much. The complication depleted my energy and intellectual capacity. I used up my power managing a complex system rather than doing the thing I wanted… Continue reading
1. Plan your day ahead of time.
Make a better plan. Put 1-3 big things on your schedule with blocked-out time for each one. Don’t wing it on the important stuff. Wing it on everything else. Don’t cram it full of details.
2. Include transition time.
Don’t expect yourself to switch instantly from one task to another. Work in transition time. Give your brain and body a… Continue reading
To achieve excellence, we must first understand the reality of the everyday, with all its demands and potential frustrations.
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
Anytime you want. It doesn’t have to begin on Monday morning, or Sunday evening, or whenever your standard “start time” is… You’ve botched a couple of days, or got sick? Okay. It happens. Breathe, and start your week when you decide to start it. Now. In an hour. Tomorrow morning.
With room for restarts. Restarts are allowed.
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.
There… Continue reading
The toughest part of writing is starting.
Staring at the blank page, trying to remember all your brilliant ideas. You had so many of them last night, during your kid’s piano recital… and again, during that totally unproductive meeting at work, but now…
Where have all the ideas gone?
Ideas are ephemeral unless they’re captured.
So you should capture them, via any method handy, when you… Continue reading