Simple Productivity Task Of The Day: Reorganize One Bookshelf

11.16.2011 Books and Literature

When I am at a loss for what to do next it’s typically not because I have nothing to do. It’s more likely that I have too many things to do. My mind is a jumble. I’m uncertain. It seems like it’s better to do nothing than that impossible list. When things need sorting out […]

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Simple Productivity Task Of The Day: Draw Your Day

11.15.2011 GTD

To-do lists are made of of words. Lot of words. Too many words. Your list may seem impossibly long. You’ll never get all of these things done. And sometimes, often, it’s hard to see how you’ll do any of them today. Seeing is the key word. Seeing your list as pictures might just help you […]

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Simple Productivity Task Of The Day: Give Yourself A Timeout

11.14.2011 GTD

When you find yourself stuck, unable to get things done, and your frustrations are boiling over, you might just need to go sit in a corner. Seriously. Put yourself in time out. When a child throws a fit or misbehaves, you put them in timeout so they can calm down and think about what they’ve […]

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Improvising Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

11.10.2011 Art

One of the most important skills I learned while training in the theater was improvisation. Improvisation is not “making it up as you go along.” Improvisation is a process of discovery, experimentation. The best experiments have limits and controls. When actors improvise, they don’t start with a complete blank page, they start with a concept. […]

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A Strong Work Ethic

11.08.2011 Business

The other day a friend complained to me about some people he recently hired. “They’re lazy,” he said. “I can’t get any work out of them. And when I do, it’s crap.” He blamed it on the latest generation out of college and their need to be coddled. I’m not sure that’s it at all. […]

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