“As a creator, you don’t have time to waste. Time is your greatest commodity, and spending it on experiences you think you should have instead of experiences that feed your soul is a waste of time. Cutting the experiential clutter out of your life will free room for you to do great work. “Of course … Continue reading Your time is limited. Clear space for what matters. [quote]
John Mayer spoke to students at Berklee College of Music this summer, and one thing he talked about was the impact social media had on his creativity. While it helped him connect with his fans (millions of followers on Twitter), it robbed him of creative power for his main thing – music: “The tweets are getting shorter, … Continue reading Does social media contribute to or distract from your main thing?
When our kid was just a few months old, everything was new and overwhelming. He couldn’t handle much stimulation or input for very long. He’d begin to get disorganized – flailing about and fussing. He couldn’t focus and his emotional state quickly went downhill. It doesn’t change much when we get older. Sure, we hide … Continue reading Life lessons from a three-month-old: time to refocus
With the holidays just around the corner, my to do list (and, probably yours!) just keeps growing. It’s easy to get stressed and overwhelmed. But that mental energy spent worrying about what needs to get done doesn’t really get anything done. So instead, I’m trying to live out the advice above. First things first – … Continue reading First things first. One thing at a time. Start now.
Love this quote from 37signals: But you don’t have to work superhuman hours. A normal workweek should be plenty. Even less is ok. In fact, being short on time is a good thing. It forces you to focus on the essentials. There’s no time for things that don’t matter. There’s only time for the basics. … Continue reading The more time you have …
There’s a TED talk by Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, where – in the midst of talking about castrating sheep – he mentions two words he learned from his classics teacher in college: anagnorisis and peripeteia. Anagnorisis refers to that moment when a character makes an important discovery. Peripeteia is related – it’s … Continue reading Life changes and peripeteia
Mark Batterson says a Change of Place + Change of Pace = Change of Perspective. I start back to work tomorrow after two weeks off to help take care of our brand new baby. One thing that was interesting about handing off all my “residence director” work three days into the semester and coming back … Continue reading Want to find out what’s really important? Stop working for two weeks.