the flow state

December 1, 2008

I’m learning that I have two different operating modes when it come to productivity. The first is GTD — getting things done — mode. This happens when I am cranking through my tasks list, responding to emails or making calls. There is great satisfaction in seeing my to-do list dwindle, and I can feel stress […]

of play, possibility, and productivity

November 20, 2008

In the drive to be productive, it is easy to eliminate play from our routines. Certainly play is the opposite of productivity, right? Neil Fiore suggests the opposite in The Now Habit: From studying the performance styles of achievers, I have learned how essential guilt-free play is to attaining quality work and minimizing procrastination. A […]

producer or procrastinator?

November 13, 2008

Throughout The Now Habit, Neil Fiore draws a contrast between producers and procrastinators. His idea of the producer matches up with what I think of as a creative person — one who practices creativity. A creative person is not only someone who does art, though art should always be a celebrated product of creativity. A […]

the now habit

November 5, 2008

While driving 2300 miles from Seattle to Austin this past summer, I thought it might be a good opportunity to listen to the audiobook version of The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore. It wasn’t. Not that it isn’t a helpful book. It is. In fact, that was the problem. I was about an hour into […]

artist's way reflections: week 9

October 29, 2008

I’m posting my reflections earlier this week because some of this material has been sticking with me a lot. To mix it up, allow me to offer a few quotes from the chapter that captured, and troubled, me: The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist. The need to […]