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To Flow, Or Not To Flow?

Cal Newport is not a big fan of “flow” Cal Newport, author of books such as “How to be a High School Superstar” (which has my 14 year old son all fired up about getting in to a good college), and “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” (which has helped me understand some of the […]

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A Few Mastery Equations to Play With

Not suggesting these formulas are free from counter-examples. Just playing with some rough relationships. Understanding = structural knowledge * grasp of system dynamics Expertise = breadth of understanding * depth of understanding Mastery = expertise * internalization Creative Quantity = (Mastery + Productive Focus) * Time Creative Quality = Mastery * Curiosity * Productive Focus […]

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Motivation Wizard for the Fractal Planner

There’s a new feature in the Fractal Planner. The 2+ minute demo video is a few paragraphs down. But first, if you’ve read the eBook, “Clear Mind, Effective Action”, you’ve seen me suggest that creative individuals can handle most of their productivity needs by using one organizational strategy (Fractal Planning) and developing one set of […]

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Remedies for Procrastination

In previous posts, I’ve talked about “Flow Killers”, and how to get back in the flow. Today I want to back up a level and look at the pieces of the procrastination puzzle. A high-level procedure for overcoming procrastination might look something like this: Recognize Procrastination –> Find a Remedy –> Apply the Remedy One […]

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12 Things That Take You Out of Flow

There’s a neat chart toward the bottom of this post. First, let me say a few things to put the chart in context. Our goal is to work with FLOW. We need effective strategies for dealing with12 things that can kill our flow. When we work with flow, we’re happy, we feel good about ourselves, […]

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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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