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Well, it's easier than writing a novel

NaBloPoMo—at least one post every day for the entire month of November.

I wonder if pre-writing posts and setting them to publish at a later date counts as cheating.

Hello from Lady Crumpet

I too will be guest blogging for Paul while he’s off traveling and practicing feats of legal skill. Let us know if you actually do read Ulysses, Paul - it’s not one I’ve tackled yet.

I’ve known Paul for some time. We met at one of the blogger meetups when I still lived in New York, and we’ve been friends ever since. Though neither of us are in it for the book deal, we still maintain our blogs. Mine can be found here.

So hello - and happy St. Patrick’s Day. Pace yourself, and if you brave the parade in NYC, bundle up!

Another One Gets On The Bus

My long-time friend Matt McIver has a blog now (including a lovely picture of him in Civil War-era facial hair).

You Know What To Do


It’s National De-Lurking Week, or so they tell me.

So go ahead and leave a comment or two. It won’t kill you, I promise.

Getting Things Done


One of the things that I’m constantly attracted to (besides things that remind me of things I’ve done before) is productivity porn. All those nifty gadgets that are supposed to help you get stuff done but never really work.

I think my first official, tangible purchase of productivity porn was a little plastic ‘desk organizer’ that held pens, had slots for envelopes, and square tray for origami paper. It sat abandoned on my desk in Hong Kong surrounded by pencils that never made it into the pen holder, stuffed animals, and filled with unused pastel-colored origami paper. After the move from HK (and subsequent moves), it had an unofficial place directly above my desk and collected surprisingly little dust. I suspect that every night, it reached out for the nearest stuffed animal to use as a duster to maintain its smoky plastic resin translucence. I haven’t unpacked it yet and have no idea where it is at the moment.

Several years later, the latest item is a book called Getting Things Done by David Allen. I’ve been in something of a haze about it all week; since winter break began I’ve been reading the site, wiki, etc. on a daily basis, as well as the book, which was a Christmas gift this year (thanks, Dad!). There are a lot of things to like about the book and system:

  • there is no official system, only principles
  • clear writing style, no fuzziness about what and why he suggests certain things
  • acknowledgment that it’s not perfect, but that it can help
  • very easy to immediately see implications in day-to-day life
  • an encouraging sign about the system is the enormous internet fanbase. 43folders is pretty much the tip of the iceberg and acts as a focal point for Mac-based GTD systems and communities.

Basically, he’s a huge advocate of writing everything down. And then sorting it a particular way. And to sort things, you need projects. And your projects need to be results-oriented. And because you need to see results at different stages, there are varying levels of short and long term goals. And that people forget things (so remind yourself about it by writing everything down. And then sort…)

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I've Been To The Mountain

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It seems that I actually did manage to pull off putting up a new entry every day last month. Admittedly, some entries were less inspired than others, and about half the entries seem to be time-stamped after 11 p.m. (particularly in the second half of the month). And about half of those are time-stamped after 11:50 p.m. Hmmm.

It was an interesting experiment, to be sure, but I’m not sure that it was really the kick in the pants I needed to get me out of the posting blues. Let’s be honest here—this wasn’t exactly glorious writing (and probably quite a few could probably be classified as cheese sandwich posts). Quite frankly, I seem to be stuck in a bit of a rut. On the other hand, it was fun, and I’ll probably take another shot at it next year. I think, though, that it’s not enough to just to post something; it has to be something that says something.

As for my attempts to also keep up my Flickr feed and my Vox blog… well, I kinda fell down on the Flickr front, but I did post on 29 of 30 days on Vox. Thank god they have a Question Of The Day.

(graphic from here)

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