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Fascinating study - duration, participant groups, and outcomes. What makes a good life?

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Just unboxed some new versions of my favorite tech, you guys. Mash those like and subscribe buttons gang! 🤪

From the bowels of the dumpster fire last night, the Commander in Chief gave a direct order to an armed right wing extremist militia. Wake up, America.

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Dinner done, dishes somewhat ignored, wine poured. Will visit Schitt’s Creek for a bit.

Note to self: “Action creates inspiration” Do warm ups to get into the creative process; to move from the work “space” to the creative “space”. This may help recharge the battery and enable you to inhabit the space where you flow, and you can bring the output out of your process to share with the world.

I was writing something like this in my Morning Pages today. To allow yourself to inhabit your space, to work on your process so you can generate output. Hiding, as Godin calls it, is what Pressfield calls The Resistance, and it’s a killer.

What we each hide is a potential gift to the world, and ourselves.

Imagine all the things that would have benefited the world if all the humans who hid their work didn’t?

Thank you @macgenie !!!

New to me coffee roaster in Portsmouth. Great cuppa

Overheard: Sleep is when your mind gets washed.

Something I facilitated didn’t go as I expected yesterday at work. I spent far-too-long in the middle of the night dealing with The Second Arrow. Blaming myself, self-doubt, etc. Looking forward to reflecting on it today to understand the issues (and myself) a little more.

Latest newsletter just went out. On Essays & Arrows. Check it out here.

Contemplating The Second Arrow a lot today.

Mindframing

I found a system for tracking my growth in my drawing abilities. It’s more of a process than a specific tool. I decided to try it on, and see what worked. Surprisingly, it all has.

I tend to bounce between “productivity systems” and abandon them once one thing fails. Something will always fail, as every system has flaws, especially on a personal level. GTD - way too much overhead for me, for example.

I don’t like how I bounce around and tinker. I’m shaving yaks, I think. But this Mindframing one has the element of mindfulness which all the others I’ve tried didn’t, so its sticking.

Here’s the source - Ness Labs.

The steps to Mindframing

  1. Pact - A commitment to yourself (and/or others).
  2. Act - The small steps (actions) you take to learn more so you can achieve your Pact.
  3. React - Reframe what you’re learning into your own words and produce something (like this blog post!)
  4. Impact - The larger project you’re building to.

Once you feel familiar enough—which means that you can grasp the concepts and can articulate them, but still feel very uncomfortable using them—you should start creating something bigger”.

I really like the spirit of this Impact - familiar enough & uncomfortable. Lot’s of learning in that overlap of the venn diagram there, so to speak.

My Mindframing effort

  • My PACT is to publish one drawing a week
  • My ACT is to study from Visual Thinking and Sketchnoting Boot Camp and also research pen width management in the Procreate app, and composition principles.
  • How I will React - Posts like this one, and in my newsletter.
  • Impact - This isn’t fully formed yet, but I’m thinking of illustrating some of the anxiety reducing practices I’ve been learning and using. More to come on that.

Here’s a bunch of doodles.

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An audiobook service that supports your local indie bookshop. US and Canada only I think :(

I was struggling a bit with keeping line width and consistency while drawing in Procreate. @chrisjwilson helped me flip the problem, and make it more like drawing with pen and paper. Instead of constantly zooming and adjusting one pen’s brush size for consistency make the same pen in three widths. This is more like how I draw on paper. A pen in a couple widths, for drawing and lettering. A marker which, with pressure applied, has variable width. Analog or digital, the markers are for shadows and highlights. Pre-set pen sizes for drawing and lettering.

These bi-directional linking note taking tools really do help map the interconnected thoughts in my head.

Creating is something we do for us. We do it relieve stress, or to reveal secrets, or to untangle knots, or to shine lights. We do it because it is joyous

  • Tom Hart

In my “Mind Palace” I am filing Ted Lasso with Thoughts of Dog and Beautiful News. One is silly entertainment, one is the proposed look into a dogs mind, the last is good news from across the world, presented in a lovely fashion.

More relentless optimism please. Send me the links to the things that keep you optimistic.

Hey iOS 14 beta 6 people! How in the world do you get apps like Drafts in widget format on the Home Screen?

What are you interested in learning about this week?