I thought from an interaction with a client today. Maybe I should ask more and better questions before/rather than give my answer. I probably made assumptions that weren’t accurate and they seemed unwilling to listen to what I had to say. Maybe I was wrong, maybe they were just not ready yet. Asking more questions would have helped. (these thoughts are influenced by the latest book I’m reading).

“Celebrate” was a good and apt choice for a weekly word, this week I think it is “plan”. Ending one major project means I need to consider what’s next. Plus there are some ideas I need to evaluate.

Friends who like sketchnoting (or would like to start sketchnoting) would you like to alpha test something for me :D

The UK and Ireland celebrate world book day today. Most of the rest of the world celebrates it on the 23rd of April. The date UNESCO designated. I mean, it’s fine to have a different book day but to call your’s “World book day”…

I’ve seen a lot of people putting out material on a subject I care about a lot. At a couple of moments I feel worried or annoyed that someone (who “doesn’t know as much as I do”) is sharing/making money on this topic. But I realised something yesterday. It’s great that this topic is receiving interest and there are more resources. In some cases they might be wrong for me, but right for many others. And finally, it’s encouragement to make the thing I wish they made.

p.s. i’m probably quite jealous.

The latest episode of Hurry Slowly could be titled “Productivity Principles over Rules”. It’s one where I think there are really good points, but also disagree on the details. For example, one of Jocelyn’s principles sounds a lot like a rule to me. In addition, I think it’s not bad to create “rules” (habits) for how you will achieve your principles, but be ready to adjust them. That way you can avoid the situation where you can justify anything as being true to your principle.

When we hold a newspaper, it feels different than a tablet, or a comic book, or a bible. The form changes the way the words sound. - Seth Godin This is Marketing

Today was a HUGE day at work. We launched a new product and about three months of marketing all came to a head. I’ve checked countless documents numerous times and there are little moments on magical writing I got to contribute (including the Times Square ad) but it was really a team effort. For every element of writing I rewrote, there’s a dozen where I didn’t have to touch them due to my colleagues skill. (And don’t forget the rewrites of rewrites of rewrites). There was a slightly sour note in the whole affair of office politics but I’m proud of the work we did. And today it’s time to celebrate.

I’d really like MB to have a toggle to see a timeline with just longer posts. Sometimes I’d like to see the longer blog posts my friends have posted especially as if people post them while I’m asleep, I often miss them. The alternative is just to follow via RSS…

Write for yourself, publish for others

Write for yourself, publish for others

I’m trying this idea out.

Write for yourself

The purpose of writing should be for yourself.

Writing is your chance to process the world, to organize those thoughts that are buzzing round your head. To reflect and discover something you didn’t know.

Writing should be a selfish pursuit.

Publish for others

The purpose of publishing is to benefit other people.

If you are going to share something, it should help other people. It can help you as well, but publishing should primarily be for other people.

Your thought or idea can be incomplete and you may want feedback to develop, but there should still be a benefit for other people. After all, if there is no benefit for other people, why would they give feedback?

Publishing should be a generous gift.

My approach

I’ve long taken this approach to my writing but I never really codified it. My notebook and day one are full of selfish writing and reflection but my blog posts aim to be useful for everyone.

Why walking makes you a better worker 🔗 - BBC

Why walking makes you a better worker 🔗 - BBC > Either way, it’s clear that seeking out natural settings amid the concrete of modern life is well worth doing. Or, as John Muir put it: “Keep close to nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while… Wash your spirit clean.”

There’s some great insights here. - Walking in nature is far better than walking in urban areas - having some greenery in your office isn’t the same as nature. - there are short term and long term benefits.

Cal Newport mentioned some of these points in his last two books so It’s good to see it elsewhere.

My theme for this week is celebrate. First thing to celebrate. This morning my daughter woke up just after me. That meant I could spend time with her in the morning and I still got a full nights sleep.

It’s time to plan the week ahead. That means reviewing calendar appointments, setting a few big objectives, tasks to achieve those objectives, some good things to learn and a word. This week’s word is celebrate and I’ve got some plans tied to that.

> Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. - E. F. Schumacher

Charlie Kirk is someone I’ve been fortunate to learn from a few times. He spent time taking photos in Turkey between 2012 and 2015 including the events in Gezi Park. He has a photobook coming called Katil var, “there is a murderer”, check out his site.

I think I’ve worked out my “weekly word” for next week.

Celebrate

I already have, and will have more, things to celebrate.

Now and then March 2019

I just updated my Now page, if you want the short version, check that out. If you want more reflection and events from last month, check out this article.

Last Month: February 2019

February was a very good month. I managed to finish a couple of projects which had been holding me back and made real progress towards others. This included the ninja course (last touches before hitting publish mostly just gaining the guts to do so) and submitted my work for the Copyblogger course. Just need to see the results on that.

One of the most interesting parts of the month was the Accidental Creative Podcast weekly planner. I listened to the episode and then had the idea to make a sketchnote marking up the planner. After that, I realized how I could adopt a couple of the ideas into my own weekly planning.

One of the interesting ideas was weekly words. So far my words have been - Finish (I completed a course and submitted it) - Prepare (last week I scheduled all the content for this week and prepared for a big work project) - Sabbath (this week is my “rest” week, so I removed all my obligations and it’s free for whatever I want) I look forward to seeing how this continues and I may continue to share these weekly words.

Another highlight was appearing on the Micro Monday podcast with Jean MacDonald where we talked about micro.blog and blogging. It’s given me a bit of a hunger to do my own micro.cast and I have an idea for one.

The biggest negative of the month was not really practicing Jazz guitar which is one of my yearly goals that I’d like to work on.

Reading

I finished reading the Leonardo Da Vinci biography by Walter Isaacson. It was a real delight and inspiration. The 20 life lessons in this newspaper article are a great starting point. I also read Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport which has given me great ideas to adopt and I want to go back and revisit Deep Work again now.

Sketchnoting

I’m finally sharing more of my sketchnoting after gaining more guts and acceptance of not being an amazing drawer or having scrappy handwriting. It’s for myself mostly and trying to encourage others to give it a go too. The process is more important than the product.

The Month: March 2019

This month is looking to be very exciting as I continue from last month. I hope to keep the momentum going. Our big work project should end very soon and it will be interesting to see how things looks then. My main aim for the month is to bring these digital minimalism lessons into my life. This includes - more quality leisure (calligraphy, meeting friends and some deeper activities) - continuing without Facebook (turns out it’s pretty easy so far) - dumbing my phone (restricting a few apps and activities) - finding better ways to follow the news and information

My copy of Keep Going by Austin Kleon should arrive, I’m excited to get into that book.

I’m also considering my output. I’m wondering whether I should merge adversaria and my micro.blog. There’s certainly a lot of cross over and that can cause issues with knowing “where does this belong?”

That’s never a good sign.

I’m also wondering about launching a Micro.cast, I have a topic that I think could be interesting for one. If I do, it will probably be a limited series of about 10 episodes. I like the idea of a podcast having a beginning and an end. It can be what it is and not linger on when it should have been stopped long ago.

Finally, I have an idea for a book. I’m not certain of it yet but I’ve noticed some themes in material I’m reading and collecting notes on. So I’m continuing to collect notes and find more material on this topic and we’ll see if it becomes something.

My yearly goals

  • learn and play 3 jazz standards at an open mic night
  • keep and play with a journal (hobonichi)
  • spend less time on devices and more time with people, doing things
  • start taking more photos again

Wow…I can no longer use shortcuts on my iPhone at all. Constantly crashing. You would have thought apply acquiring the app would have reduced the likelihood of this happening 🤷‍♂️