Some of us ”sweat the night into words,” the poet Bernard Spencer wrote in his poem “Night-Time: Starting to Write.”
Morning or night, day time or lunch time, it really doesn’t matter when you write. A note, a recording, a scribble — we write it down to remember it now and for later.
Everything goes in the hopper.
The writer often feels compelled to notice and the readiness to do too much. But…
The design of the classroom is a technology, and you can interpret that in a lot of different ways. Architects can make that look more, and less, typical. But the point is the instruction, the interaction in the classroom, not that it looks more like a circle or more like a square or whatever else.
Adults can’t handle free time — unstructured activity makes them anxious.
From high school on, all people are trained to do is work. So they forget how to play.
Yet, children always seem to find a creative outlet. They have no problem building something out of Legos or using their imagination to draw.
On the contrary, the adult version of playtime usually consists of material…
The fear of messing up (FOMU) is precisely what holds people back from getting what they want.
But if you treat mistakes like an experiment, they become lessons in disguise and teach you how to tweak your approach.
To err is human, they say. Maybe they should instead say that to err is to learn. As Miles Davis once said, “If you’re not making a mistake, you’re making a mistake.”
The weakness of will drives our worst habits.
Remove the cookies, and we’re less likely to snack on them. Refuse the cafe down the street and drink the Starbucks office Keurig pods instead. That’s $3 saved!
Surroundings dictate our behavior. They are unconscious triggers for experiences.
So the reverse is also true.
Pack your gym bag the night before, and you’ll be more likely to work…
Work is the practice of gathering string. But it is the empty mind that weaves experience, knowledge, and ideas altogether.
The apple may have hit Newton’s head, but his insights into gravity were brewing all along.
There is no such thing as eureka, just the gradual harmonization of distilled moments that become apparent when we least expect them to.
We think to get rid of thoughts just…
Motivation ebbs and flows. It is fickle and short-lasting.
So we can’t wait for the muse to compel us to work. As Chuck Close said, “inspiration is for amateurs.”
However, what we can do is develop a passion for something and use it to solidify our grit. Having a little excitement helps us push through crap (criticism, rejection, assholes, and pressure).
If pertinacity and practiceare a powerful…
Perfection is the antithesis of inspiration — it prevents you from getting started.
The trick to getting going is to do it badly. That’s right: Be intentionally messy.
Producing crap isn’t the end-goal. The point of taking small actions is to create enough momentum to feel like we’re winning.
What sustains persistence are small improvements. You’re looking to go from one pushup a day to…
The writer, blogger, or boxer must always keep in training. The artist or athlete can’t wait for the muse to inject them with productivity serum.
Routine is much more compelling than inspiration, which is fickle, comes in flashes, and rarely sticks.
On the flipside of consistency, is also imperfection. The practician not only faces the resistance, they also face human error.
Here today, gone tomorrow. Motivation is fickle.
But what if you promised yourself you’d get it done regardless of how you felt?
You’ll feel incentivized if, under no circumstance, you have to do it anyway.
Good habits are non-negotiable
The plethora of neurocognitive connections that empower your…