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

Things I wish I’d known when I was younger –

Although it’s good as a refresher too:

  • Most of it doesn’t matter.
  • The greatest source of misery and hatred in this world is clinging to past hurts.
  • Waiting to do something until you can be sure of doing it exactly right means waiting for ever.
  • Following the latest fashion, in work or in life, is spiritual and intellectual suicide.
  • If people complain that you’re too fond of going your own way and aren’t fitting in, you must be on the right track.
  • If you make your work your life, you’re making your life into hard work.
  • The quickest and simplest way to wreck any relationship is to listen to gossip.
  • Trying to please other people is largely a futile activity.
  • Every winner is destined to be a loser in due course.
  • You can rarely, if ever, please, placate, change, or mollify an asshole.
  • Everything takes twice as long as you plan for and produces results about half as good as you hoped.
  • People are oddly consistent.
  • However hard you try, you can’t avoid being yourself.
  • When it comes to blatant lies, there are none more egregious than budget figures.
  • The loudest noise in the world is the sound of people whining.

    Read more here:

    Things I wish I’d known when I was younger –

    Windows Live Writer Beta

    This little windows app lets you create your blog entries in a nice little editor on the desktop rather in the browser.

    I’m writing from the app now and I have to say its pretty cool.

    I used it for another blog on a long message and it did great.

     You can download it here.

    Go Speed Reader

    I’ll admit that I don’t read as often I would like to. It just seems like there is too much crap to watch on TV or YouTube. The last book I read was Freakonmics. Great book. Gets you thinking even if you don’t agree with it.

    I’m a slow reader but this book took me two months to finish. However, I only really read it for about 20 minutes a day and the information is worth comprehending. But I’m still pretty slow to average reader.

    So I was happy to discover this link to improve your reading speed with comprehension. The article was so interesting that I actually read it and not just file into my links that I will probably never read.

    Take a look at this interesting article on doubling your reading rate.

    I’ll report back on if it works for me but don’t hold your breath. It will take me some time to master but I immediately liked what he said about the subvocalizing.

    Btw, speaking of good books, this one looks good too:
    Survival of the Sickest

    Remove comments…

    This new feature of the blogger is nice. I like. I didn’t even know but I had this comment below on one of my old posts:

    I found your blog when I was googling for love and romance articles. I also visited an interesting site at http://@FDFDF.FDF that is also related to local swingers and has some useful tips for singles, check it if you’re interested.