Why You Can't Get Work Done at Work.

This amazing TED talk by Jason Fried explores the problem of office distractions. Like how trying to get stuff done at your desk is like voluntarily loading your day into a Cuisinart that shreds your productivity into tiny little bits. That can't be glued back together again. I know of what Fried speaks. Last year, after ten years of working from a home office, I did a brief stint on site. I was stunned by how hard it was to think and complete even the simplest tasks. Writing a solid letter at home might take 2-3 hours plus editing time. In the office? My time on similar work could stretch into days or even a week or even TWO. I wasn't prepared for that! Does your work suffer because of office chaos?

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How to Make an Artist's Flutter Book: Video from Otis College Book Arts

We can make habits about of emotions. According to Seth Godin, anger is a habit. Distrust is a habit. So, too, we can make happiness a habit. This morning I try to get back in the art studio by making a flutter book designed by book artist Rebecca Chamlee at Otis College.

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Five Ways to Make Your Mark on the World

This three-minute video from Box of Crayons shows us five ways we can make our mark on the world.

 

I don't know about you, but I really struggle to identify what it is, exactly, that I'm "good" at or what sets me free. I'm "good," in a way, at sorting out other people's problems or taking care of things they don't want to do - but I'm not sure it's really that good for me.

I don't want to look in the shadows. I know that the answer is that I must look anyway -  but that's easier said than done. What I know is lurking there scares me. The number one thought I've had lately is that I don't care nearly as much about [specific] things as I once believed. This sets chaos in motion as I work to redefine how my life has been organized up until now. It's painful for me and for those around me, I suppose.

There's no spray for that. Just a great deal of agonized journaling, I suppose (since I can't afford therapy). And, quite frankly, I quit journaling some years ago. And I don't mean to be flip - I'm being realistic. I'm 42, I'm on a budget, and I have to be candid about who and what I am able to change. But 42 isn't 82, there's still time. Right? Right. The question is where to start.

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