All posts tagged ‘productivity

Universal Productivity

“The universe, the Greeks believed, was not indifferent. The gods take an interest in human affairs, and intercede for good or ill in our designs.” – Steven Pressfield This post isn’t about being universally productive.1 It’s about how the higher forces of the universe conspire to help us get our work done – if we […]

The Loop

The reason why I hate productivity systems is because they easily become a dominant part of “the loop”.1 And once they become a dominant part of the loop, they become a problem. A problem that keeps creatives from focusing on what matters – and from doing what they want to do because their muse is […]

Deer in Headlights

Have you ever been there? You’re all alone, on a dark night’s street, somewhere in the countryside. Light rain is falling. It’s a little foggy. No-one is around. (Apart from your two long-eared friends, perhaps.) In the distance, you hear something. You perk up your ears. Suddenly: Noise! Noise and stench! Noise and stench and […]

The Nothing Alternative

Raymond Chandler had an interesting approach to getting things done. In his case: Getting things written. Here’s what he said, according to Roy Baumeister and John Tierney in their book, Willpower:1 Chandler had his own system for turning out The Big Sleep and other classic detective stories. “Me, I wait for inspiration,” he said, but […]