Friday, September 12, 2008
I Nominate Merlin Man for President of the United States of America.
Hey there Hi there,
I read dozen or so blogs on a regular basis - some for fun, and some that are more professionally focused to help me continue to scale the K2 that is my ever increasingly diverse set of responsibilities at work. Love my Job. This is not the issue. That it continues to expand exponentially with a myriad of big and small tasks, duties, responsibilities, details, projects, and the like that makes it the challenge I embrace every day with joy and anticipation. Some days, though - its a bit overwhelming. Weeks fly by faster than you can turn the pages of a Franklin-Covey dayplanner. Every Monday starts with hope and a checklist of what needs to be done and every Friday ends with resignation (no, silly - not that kind!) that not all that needed to be done was done and that there is even more to do.
So, I have found a few productivity writers that inspire me to use new tools, stretch my comfort zone, do things differently, or just feel some camraderie that doing the challenging job that you love may be a tossed salad of accomplishment and frustration - a little oil for the squeaky wheels, a little vinegar when things don't go so well, a bowl full of different items that somehow work togeher to be a feast for 40+ hours a week.
One of my personal heroes is Merlin Mann - he of 43 Folders fame. And he has realigned his focus on that blog to shift from "productivity" to "creativity". He draws a sharp line of distinction between the two - and acknowledges that they are not mutually exclusive. He new mission statement is
"43 Folders is Merlin Mann’s website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work."
He would rather lose readers and focus on encouraging people to create things based in their heart's passion and finish them than to simply "produce more work" - and he won't contribute to the recycling of the blogsphere pablum of productivity hacks that has turned into the self-congratulatory cult of ADD style of "makin it work" "workin it hard" "tryin the next thing" style of what doo dad - gee gaw - greasey script - widgety fidgety - extendable extension - is the latest craze.
If we stopped reading ABOUT productivity and just got to work, I betcha we'd GET MORE DONE! and - there's lots to learn from other people - but there's a question of balance.
There is something in the Air - I'm tellin ya... its the creativity zeitgeist comin atcha...
SO - about 10 days BEFORE I read Merlin's blog and his new focus, four of us decided that we needed to focus on creativity and completion. Some of us are writers. Some of us are musicians/composers/arrangers. Some of us are crafty or handy. Some of us are artists. Some of us are many of these things - but we all have projects that we have started that need to be brought to completion!
We decided to meet every Wednesday, barring real emergencies, and to devote a minimum of three hours to working towards a goal of completion. Believing as we do that names have power, we tossed around a few names, and landed on "Workaround Wednesday".
We hope to inspire others to take the middle of the week day and make it a day of accomplishment - even if it is done in small bites each week to devour the elephant over a season - or longer.
Check out our collaborative blog - let us know if you're on board - and start your own WaW circle to focus on creation and completion!
Enjoy the day,