On Not Starting New Projects

I’ve been thinking about Marie Forleo’s post on how to start following through on projects, since I linked to it on Friday.  She’s got excellent advice on creating the follow-through habit, but I’ve been most intrigued by her last hint: don’t start new projects till you finish the ones you started. What.  The.  Hell. Now, this…

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Brief Thoughts on Courage

Cal Newport has an interesting post up at Study Hacks on the problems with, as he puts it, “the courage culture.”  He means by this the construction of our lives as one in which we are the heroes, battling against the surroundings which seek to keep us tied down to our boring jobs, rather than seeking our…

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Friday Links

Ashley Wilhite, over at Your Super Awesome Life (get it right in your 20’s!  she says) has created a dream vision course that sounds great. Mara Glatzel has sane things to say about how we compare ourselves to others. Doug Sprague is thinking about focus. Danielle La Porte looks at other people and wonders what…

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Remembering Aventures (The Moon-Grandmother’s Thread)

I like to start the work with aventures (no, no, not a typo; here’s a link that explains them) by realizing that we’ve been taking them all our lives. The most well known is “falling in love.””  If you’ve ever fallen in love, that knocked-over-senseless, out-of-the-blue falling in love, you had an aventure.  Now, maybe…

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Deep Work

Cal Newport has recently posted a technique for setting up what he calls “deep work” sessions, a technique that seems very useful indeed.  His picture of how he uses the technique isn’t very illuminating, though, at least to me; here’s my translation: He’s got a list of things he wants to work on.  (In his…

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Brief Thoughts on Getting Healthy

Happy May Day!  My friend Doug Sprague has a blog post up about the issues with getting healthy; he’s thinking about 1) how easy it is to compare ourselves to our mentors, which of course, can derail us easily; and 2) how obnoxious our friends and family can find us, when we start talking so…

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On Charging What You’re Worth

Tad Hargrave has a brilliant post on the issue of “charging what you’re worth,” advice that the entrepeneurs get given a lot.  I love this.  That he quotes Star is a nice extra.

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Down Time and Deep Projects

It’s finals week in the university where I teach.  All time changes.  The papers that we knew were coming, all semester, get written, and get read.  The finals which we knew were coming, all semester, get taken, and get graded.  All the departmental work that has to get finished before the summer is getting shoved…

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Passion for the Work

As I have said before, I admire Cal Newport’s Study Hacks blog very much; even when I don’t agree with his conclusions, I find his ideas useful.  He is good to think on if a man would express himself neatly.* But yesterday one of my friends told me he was absolutely turned off by the…

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Surviving (and Thriving) in the Academic Shame Culture

Recently I used the phrase “academic shame culture,” and a colleague, who’d recently been openly shamed at a faculty meeting and was therefore pretty interested, wanted to know where I had heard it.  I have no idea.  It seemed just pretty obvious to me that the academy uses shame as a method of keeping its…

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