Read a simple, thought-provoking piece from Dan Pink that opens with the following:
There are two kinds of people in the world … those who make your life easier — and those who make it harder.
It’s a litany of those – people on either side of a dash. It struck me. I hope you’ll take 45 seconds to read it and another few minutes to think about it. I hope.
Speaking of which, it’s easy to be productive when you’re in the flow of things.
What do you do when you’re not? What do you to keep going when things are hard?
When you’re sick, or when your brain’s cramped, or your kids are wreaking havoc?
What do you do? Where do you turn? (Any resemblance to bloggers living or presently typing these words is purely coincidental.)
Oh, yes. Ritual – maybe you rely on habits to get you through?
For example, even though I feel like poo, I just got off the treadmill – which is a strange side-effect of this experimental new drug two doctors have recommended to me in the last six months called, I think, exercise.
We put the kids down … err, rather … we put the kids to bed, I put on the Pardon The Interruption podcast and walk between a mile and a mile-and-a-half, then I come upstairs and write my 750 words, then I write a blog post, then I get my to-do list ready for the next day.
750words.com. Check out this email I got this morning.
And I just finished my fifteenth day. It’s a private journaling site where you can get stuff out of your head and onto a screen, but they put a little twist on it by keeping track of how many days in a row you do it.
It’s free (donations welcome) and it’s a simple idea, but I’ve really enjoyed the mental calisthenics of it. At the start of each month, they challenge anyone interested to go the whole month without missing a day.
I’m pert near halfway through.
As you may have noticed in the image – we started with just a little over nine hundred, and we’re down to around four hundred. No, you don’t get to take weekends off. It’s every day.
I’ve written about good stuff, bad stuff, dark stuff, weird stuff and tonight I wrote this five-part blog post which I just decided to call Five Golden Rings as I type this (and as I reeeeeally hope I come up with something better by the time I get from word number 435 to word 750).
Who’s the person in your world who – without fail – is rock solid?
I mean, like, ridiculously dependable? Seriously – do you have one? Who is it?
I’ll hold … …
Like warm blanket folks, these people are more valuable than gold.
I can think of a couple. I ain’t one of ‘em. I’m as flaky as my old gym teacher’s scalp.
But I married one. Thank God.
In fact, I think I’ll keep words 516 through 750 private.
Have a good day. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Dan Pink post once you’re done reading it. I wish every post I wrote could be that simple and thought-provoking.
But no, as you can tell I could really use an editor for Christmas. (561 and counting. Sorry.)
Maybe this should have been five different posts. So it goes.
Anyone remember that bit from Ferris Bueller at the end after the credits?
It’s over. Go home.
Or, then there’s that bit from Almost Famous – “You are home.”
And so I am, and so I am to be of the shutting up now.