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Agile SCRUM for One (part 3): Big Projects and Unexpected Complications

In the previous post in this series I discussed sunk costs, and how they mount as we work without feedback on large projects. And we talked about how sunk costs will often amplify any doubts and anxieties we have about our work. Perhaps the probability of having doubts is a function of time since last […]

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Clear Mind, Effective Action Exit Survey

Hi. Jim Stone here. If you’re reading this page, you probably just finished reading “Clear Mind, Effective Action”, and are now checking out the “Fractal Heads” blog. If you don’t mind, I’d like to stop you for a couple minutes first and ask you for two favors. First, if you liked the ebook you just […]

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Agile SCRUM for One (part 2): Big Projects and Sunk Costs

If you’re a creative individual, working for yourself, or mostly by yourself, big projects can mess with your mind. One reason for this is because of the “sunk costs” that accrue as you go. In this post I’m going to explain what sunk costs are, why they make big projects a pain, and how a […]

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Your Personal Productivity Questions And Comments (Open Thread)

Hi all. I want to hear from you, so I can help you (and perhaps receive help from you as well). I’ll get to that shortly, but let me put my question in context. I feel fortunate to have stumbled upon the Fractal Planning method. It has completely transformed my relationship to my work. It […]

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Agile SCRUM for One (part 1): Iterative Planning for Individuals

Do your projects ever take months to complete? When you’re in the middle of one of these projects, do you ever get impatient, longing for the launch day so you can make all your hard work pay off? Do you ever have doubts about whether the project is a good idea when feedback on it […]

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5 Ways To Maintain FLOW When You Work

Have you ever had a time when you just sit back and realize that you are completely enjoying your work? Your emotions are positive, energized, and entirely aligned with the task at hand. On the other hand, have you ever been completely stuck? Perhaps you were frustrated, anxious, confused, tired, overwhelmed or maybe even completely […]

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