Archive | February, 2006

The Feng Shui of Procrastination

I loved this little article … and I hated it too. (Like looking too closely in a magnifying mirror.)

Sure puts a spotlight on how we get in our own way. I do ask myself why I put off doing certain things. Sometimes I think it’s actually good to let things ‘sit for a bit.’ Let those projects get some ‘air.’ Might decide later they weren’t worth pursuing after all. That’s not to be confused with procrastinating. So, you see? I can play this game as well as anybody.

I appreciate a former supervisor who suggested, when I told her I was overwhelmed with too much to do and how I “didn’t have time,” that I try instead to use the mantra, “I’ve got time.” It helped me shift my energy into a much more relaxed and productive state. I still use it. After all, time is your perception of it.

Another of her suggestions was to write a “To Done” list for a week. That means that, aside from my regular “To Do” list, I should jot down things I had actually done, daily, if not hourly. You’d be surprised at the many little things for which you don’t give yourself credit. When I get a bit stressed, I can review my accomplishments rather than the list of uncompleted tasks. Again, it refocuses my attention in a positive way and gets me going again.

Article: The Feng Shui (fung shway) of Procrastination.


The Zen Guitar Dojo

For those of you who want to play guitar (or for those of you have already begun), this is a sweet site containing tidbits, including “Lesson #1.” I like that they tell you to just leave it alone for awhile, and come back later. The Zen Guitar Dojo.

[Note: Dojo = A school for training in Japanese arts of self-defense, such as judo and karate.]


Mind Tools – Brainstorming How-To’s

Never can get enough suggestions for improving brainstorming techniques.

Here’s a good article to help you whether you’re brainstorming just for yourself, or in a group setting. It’s from Mind Tools.



Design Spotter

Some of these ideas are just downright kooky, but I love well-designed products (doesn’t everyone?) … so take a look … and maybe you can add your own to this site for designers:


Flower Pens – Cute & Handy

When I saw these Flower Pens, something in me lit up.

John Braheny and I participate in several songwriters’ events all through the year … and usually we have a “booth” where people can purchase his books, schedule consultations with him, etc.

I usually put a notebook on the table for people who want to sign up for his free online newsletter … and wouldn’t you know it, no matter how many pens are on the table, they just disappear.

Maybe if I use this little trick, tying imitation flowers to pens (using florist’s tape, or masking tape), they might stick around a bit longer … a creative (and practical) idea! And cheaper than the store-bought variety too.


Nosy for a Reason – Personal Journals

Last night, my friend, Ruth Rivin, told me she had been cleaning out a storage closet and came across her collection of personal journals. This caused her to ask …

“What am I going to do with all these? Who’s going to want to read all this? Do I really want other people to see all this personal stuff?”

If you’re writing your journals for your children or grandchildren to read, that’s one thing … but what about those of us who don’t have kids?

Personally, I enjoy hearing/reading other people’s stories … where they came from, what they did “back then,” and what they’ve learned in their lives. But will my personal journals be meaningful to others? It’s something to consider as you write.

Last year, I lost a very dear friend (to cancer) in Atlanta. Her family kindly mailed back to me huge boxes of letters I had written to her during the past 25 years! Many contain details of where I worked, my adventures and travels, my engagement and subsequent wedding, being a ‘young bride,’ and what my life has been like here in Los Angeles. I’m so grateful that my friend saved my letters. They contain my personal history – as it happened.

[As for personal journal blogs, I can’t believe the unnecessary minute details people choose to include, i.e., where they parked, what time it was, how long it took to drive somewhere … boring to me, unless those are essential details to their story. But, this is just my opinion. At least, people are recording their experiences.]

If you’re in doubt about the value of keeping a personal journal (other than having a relatively private place to “vent” — not on the Internet), bear in mind there are researchers lurking out there. And who knows who might find your writings perfect for their project, especially in the far-away future.

For example, see this brief article:

Nosy for a Reason: Doctoral Student Researching History of Personal Journals in America


52 Projects: Random Acts of Everyday Creativity

Here’s a brief excerpt from a book review of Jeffrey Yamaguchi’s book,
52 Projects: Random Acts of Everyday Creativity.

“The book is especially useful for people who want to start being creative, but don’t think of themselves as crafty or artistic people. These are projects anyone can do, and give you great ideas to get started….”


Honda Choir

Hopefully, if your computer can handle it, you’ll be able to see and hear this new (quick) Honda commercial … featuring sounds provided by a choir … definitely fits my definition of “creative.”



Creativity and the Meaning of Work

There are so many wonderful articles about creativity on the web … This one, by Linda Naiman, was published a few years ago, but I think it still has some genuine nuggets. I especially like her Cycles of Creativity: Inertia, Imitation, Intuition, Imagination and Inspiration. For one thing, it’s not often you read about how hard it is just to get started on a project, even if it’s for something you love doing. This might take you a couple minutes to read … but you’ll like it.


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