Next week I am starting a new series here in the newsletter. Each week I’ll write and talk about a tool that I’ve used to help prioritize or focus on creative work.
I currently have 16 exercises planned for the series. These are things that I have found to help with prioritization and keeping me focused. I’ll describe and demo each technique and provide some guidance on the context that makes sense for each exercise. Some are better for focus, others for priority.
This isn’t about “productivity”
We need creativity and connection as a species. Full stop. These tools can help you prioritize, focus, and help you express yourself. I’m not trying to convince you that they’ll make you more productive. They’ll help you focus, and prioritize. What even is “Productivity” anyway?
You don’t need anymore productivity advice from me, or anyone else. You don’t need to buy anything, or read anything, or listen to anything, or do anything to make yourself “better”. Your best self is a mirage that capitalism created to make you feel inadequate, so you buy more stuff. Forget about it. Hang up the phone. Let’s work with this self. The one that is right here, right now. It’s all you’ve got and it’s pretty good.
This is about some simple tools to focus on creating things. It’s about understanding a singular priority and keeping and maintaining focus. It’s about getting to work with yourself, for yourself.
Releasing your work is a gift to the world
Creating something is a act of self-expression. It’s for you. And, storytelling and interactive experiences connect humans. We all need stories to understand each other and our human condition. Everyone is a storyteller in some way, we all know this. Stories and interactions are gifts to the world. We are held back by our own fear and doubts.
- What will they think?
- If I fail, they’ll all laugh at me
- If I succeed, they’ll all think I changed and sold out
We define ourselves based on what we think
others will think. I read this quote in Jay Shetty’s Think Like a Monk
. Here it is in full:
I am not what I think I am, and I am not what you think I am, I am what I think you think I am
This is attributed to Charles Horton Cooley and it is from 1902!