LETTER ELEVEN It's not ideas that count, it is the execution of those ideas. Every day of your life, as a creative person, you are going to be assailed by your mind…
I hope you find creativity in your life. And if I can be of any help to you, let me know. I am over here in my own tunnel of life, furiously creating myself, and I will share what I can of the light for us to forge ahead.
Find your simple capture system for when the ideas come in inconvenient times. Then make sure you can rekindle the spirit from your capture, and that you can catalogue them and find them later, when you're in need of inspiration.
Things like sleep, play, exercise, love, day dreaming are essential elements to finding your balance in life. And work, if it is not your art, can be a massive, but necessary, distraction that will keep you away from your real work. Seek out distractions like mind clutter and eliminate as many of them as you can.
Collecting the GTD (Getting Things Done) and Productivity Posts into this thread to help you find some of the best tools I've found in doing my day job.
This is what I live for. Digging in, getting a plan, and adjusting everything as we move through the process of launching a site, or program, or campaign. Just remember, there is never enough time. So... GET A PLAN for that as well.
You know the rambling emails you get from some people. It's okay if it's family. But when it's work related, you sometimes want to shout, "What's the point? What are you asking of me? Please STFU, and tell me what you want!"
Our problem is not information overload, it is filter failure. // Every morning when I wake up the media and inputs are screaming for my attention. It is up to me what I want to spend time contemplating, writing about, working on. Every single day we have to filter out thousands of messages, grabbing for our mental bandwidth. How do you FILTER? How do you determine what to pay attention to, what to mute (unsubscribe from) and what to simply ignore?
For the rest of us, the focus is the thing. [Because American Idol is like the lottery, actually your much more likely to win the lottery than American Idol.] You have to return to your big goal over and over. And when you get distracted or lost in the noise of overwork, stress, and overwhelm, you have to find a way to pull yourself back into focus.
I have a shortlist of the most important books in my business education (I got an English degree, so I'm not from the business realm either. Sorry.) And since you have found your way here to my blog, changes are you open to learning more about social media and business practices. So this is for you...