Practice

Three Steps to Better Decisions

I just finished reading Dance with Chance, by a trio of professors who themselves consider their collaboration to be a stroke of luck. I found it to be entertaining, if a little derivative (there was the “usual suspects” quoting people like Kahnemann, Gilbert, Franklin). One refreshing aspect of the entire book, though, was that it did …

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Practice

Still Jedi After All These Years

“I’ve figured out how I’m going to be a Jedi!” I told my parents. This would have been 1980 or thereabouts, and I was a tender young man just entering double-digits in terms of age. “I’ve created a whole exercise chart!” I don’t remember exactly the words, but I think “Han Solo Pushups” were in …

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NaNoWriMo Practice

A Net to Catch the Muse

What is your muse net? In other words: how do you catch ideas? If you don’t have something in place, I promise you, you are losing a lot of ideas. I’m not saying you need to have a whiteboard in the shower (unless you do) but there’s a reason that pocket notebooks are such a big thing, …

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NaNoWriMo Practice

Practical Procrastination for Potential Productivity

“Man plans, the Gods laugh.” There are many variations on this theme, but it feels especially relevant today. I had planned on doing a “NaNoWriMo Booster” webinar to help people mid-month super-charge their writing. Unfortunately my body decided “nope, time to get the flu, instead!” My energy levels have depreciated to where I’m basically able …

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NaNoWriMo Practice

Tricking Yourself Out of Quitting

It’s ironic; I’ve been working on the whole “Maker Time” schedule, and on days like this (“Blogday”) the plan is to write all three of my week’s posts in one day. The problem I was having was that I found myself writing the day’s post – the “Practice” post – and then getting drawn away …

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Practice

Making Friends with Potential

Last week I wrote a post that referenced the curse of “potential” that really seemed to strike a nerve. In fact, one of my patrons had this to say: I’m angry about it. I’m angry that beautiful little girl I was got that message from everyone and from everywhere. Didn’t they realize? No, likely everyone thought …

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Practice

How to Be a Time Lord

A while back I decided to shift my focus from “time management” to “time ownership.” I didn’t want to be a manager, shifting around other people’s resources, I wanted instead to own my time. I created my own “Maker Time” schedule, which blocked out four hours of work time in each of five categories first thing …

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Practice

Developing Resilience with The Godzilla Factor

I was standing in front of a class of amateur-to-professional level performers and enthusiasts, talking about how we move from “idea” into “I’m doing this!” when we create scenes and events – a shortened version of my Defining Moment process. I was talking in particular about evaluating risk, and how consequences tend to come in …

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Practice

Conquering Your Fear of Death with Lists

Umberto Eco was the guy who nailed it: We like lists because we don’t want to die. There’s a bevy of psychological reasons that go more in depth, but he really nailed it, I think, though I suspect that he left off a bit. I think it should read “…because we don’t want to die irrelevant.” A …

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Life

the Practice of Identifying Celebrations

Last week we talked about the presence of tolerations in our lives and the ways we can identify them. I even talked a bit about what it was like when I “de-tolerated” a part of my life. It wasn’t “OMG AMAZING” but it wasn’t bad, either – a definite improvement. I can’t give you much …

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