Day: March 12, 2008

This American Life Promo #2: First TV Season on DVD

If you’ve never heard this show then find an hour where you’re driving or walking the dog and listen to it. It’s a great show that tells real stories of different people. I only discovered it recently but I’m already hooked. Check it out online or through iTunes:

Anne Lamott: Put the puppy back on the paper | 43 Folders

Merlin Mann mentioned this in one his podcasts and since then it’s been a helpful reminder that I’ve adopted as well. So in my office (@ home currently), I have this reminder posted to the wall. My wife asked me the other day what it meant because she was bothered by it.

The idea is to gently remind yourself to get your focus back. I can easily let my mind wander at the slightest distraction. So this tip is very useful for me when my focus needs to be readjusted:

Next time you start to beat yourself up for all the things that aren’t working out or all the ways you’re falling short in your own eyes, try thinking about that puppy and what might be the best way to guide it back to the paper.

Anne Lamott also has the concept of the “shitty first draft” (sfd). This a great starting point for just about any project or post. Start by dumping some thoughts/ideas on paper or index card. Then move on to the second draft, third, etc. It’s a way to get you to do some kind of action on whatever needs to get done. And action is really what it’s about.

G.I. Joe always said that knowing is half the battle. As a kid it made me wonder, “Wtf is the other half?”

It’s the doing.

Anne Lamott: Put the puppy back on the paper | 43 Folders