Taking Note

big picture question, productivity
That simple title, "Taking Note," could lead into a dozen different posts. I could write about my love of writing notes on books and lectures in longhand. Or about my obsession with high-quality French and Japanese paper goods. Or how I find writing with a fountain pen a superior writing experience in ALMOST all situations. Or about one of my favourite new podcasts, "Note to Self," and digital notes. But this is actually about taking note in terms of NOTICING. Because we can go through our hours and our days without taking much note of our surroundings, or what we're doing with our hands, or the words we use, or the emotional wake we leave behind, or myriad other things. Making a habit of taking note, of NOTICING, can be…
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The Frog vs. the Wombat

creative work, productivity
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain Twain’s words on how to start your day have turned into a catchphrase for productivity gurus. “Eat that Frog!” as a Google search turns up blog posts, videos, cartoons, and even books on task management and productivity. Lifehacker has a good summary of the principle. Simply put, your “frog” is that thing you need to do but don’t really want to. It’s an unpleasant task, or something that is going to take time and energy away from other things you enjoy more, or it’s necessary drudge work that is required for success but doesn’t involve any explicit reward, etc. The gist of Twain’s comment as it…
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