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DEEP WORK SAY HELLO TO DEEP READING…">DEEP WORK SAY HELLO TO DEEP READING…

April 5th, 2017

From the viewpoint of evolution, distraction is good. If you’re munching on a piece of fruit you really, really want to be distracted by that snapping twig because there might (probably is?) another animal desirous of munching on you. Sitting in your chair at home (unless you were cast in a George Romero film) footsteps […]

THE MORE WE AUTOMATE, THE MORE WE CAN SEE…

June 17th, 2017

There is a sense that writers compartmentalize. That we have a time and a place where we write and that after we have written our self-imposed daily allotment, we stop and go about the rest of our mundane day. I don’t buy that. Being a writer is a 24-hour-a-day reality and we never stop being […]

MANAGER YOUR TIME BY MANAGING YOUR ENERGY…

February 14th, 2017

Occasionally I find a post—rather than a comic—from Scott Adams worth repeating. This post on managing energy to manage time resonates with all the reading I’ve been doing from Cal Newport since I finished his Deep Work last year. The key challenge to the strategy is that most people do are not self-employed and able […]

WHY DO WE WANT MORE THAN ALL WE CAN BE…?

February 11th, 2017

Last year I distributed images to several friends and associates of Superman and Wonder Woman in the power poses described by Amy Cuddy in her TED Talk. Cuddy’s concept is akin to the Fake it until you make it philosophy and has come under attack in the years since she first proposed her idea, but […]

EVERY TIME I THINK OF GOING BACK ON TWITTER…

November 24th, 2016

So, you know I ditched both Twitter and Facebook more than three years ago, but occasionally I think about returning. Thankfully, on this Thanksgiving, someone writes a post or an article reinforcing my position that all social media (not just Twitter and Facebook) are addictive time sucks designed to be addictive time sucks and, like […]

WRITERS HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE TO GO INSIDE…

September 29th, 2016

Charlotte Mendelson, sharing in I live for the moments when something comes into verbal focus for The Guardian’s My Writing Day, writes: It’s ridiculous. Obstetricians don’t pause, mid-breech, to check their Twitter notifications; bricklayers can’t demolish their wall-in-progress and start again. For 20 years I had a real job I was good at: fixing other […]

FIVE EMAILS THAT CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER…

March 29th, 2016

So, I finished reading Cal Newport’s Deep Work yesterday and now I’m going back through my notes (one of my students was shocked, shocked, I say, when she saw my stack of 65 notecards; she told me I had copied the whole book.) and I found a reference to a bit of productivity porn by […]

MAKING TO LIVE DEEP MY LIFE’S DEFAULT…

January 31st, 2016

So, Henry David Thoreau was my first non-familial, hero. I have tried to emulate him in many ways and, for the most part, fallen short. Like many before me, I became obsessed with the 16th paragraph of Walden’s second chapter: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the […]