Jan 262007

Usually when someone says "So much to do, so little time" they mean that there’s too much they need to get done and they don’t have enough time for it. It’s usually said with an exasperated sigh and perhaps a slumping of the shoulders. In my case, however, I say it with a twinkle in my eye.

I could be making movies, or writing or working on a myriad of other projects I want to do. Or I could be spending time with the people I love in my life, or I could be out having fun. My work is also fun for me, so I could be doing that. I could be working on lots projects I’ve been meaning to do that’re fun (like make myself a cane) or I could be reading.

I can’t go into the details of what exactly I could be doing (not enough time), but it just amazes me how my life perspective has changed. Life is full of hope and possibility, and there is so much stuff I could be doing this VERY moment which could make me perfectly happy.

Life is good. 🙂

Edit: Instead of doing all those things, I could go unclog the toilet. I wonder if Einstein had to unclog toilets.

Jan 182007

As before, I apologize for not updating this blog as often as I used to. I’m still in the process of planning my year and reevaluating my commitments and I haven’t decided what to do with this blog. In the meanwhile, though, I’m making this blog about one or two things.

I got the Paraliminal tapes from Learning Strategies Corporation. Essentially, they’re subliminal suggestive tapes and they use new fangled technology for getting you into a receptive state of mind and then fill your mind with the message of the tape. I’ve got almost all of them (less four, but they’re not that important). I’ve just converted all the ones I have to an iPod compatible format, and put ten of them onto the iPod. I used the 10-Minute Supercharger one a few days ago and it was fantastic. I’m keen to see what effect the other ones have. Here’s a list of the tapes (I keep saying tapes, it’s actually CDs, or others) that are available. If you’re interested, lemme know.

I’m continuing on my goal of becoming totally black belt with the Getting Things Done methodology, which I’ve set for the month of January. There’s some things I have to buy, some things to consider, some processes to create and implement and we should be off to the races. I’m trying to immerse myself totally in GTD everywhere I turn. That is, I’m rereading the book, listening to the audio seminar and listening to the audiobook. I’m seeing changes in my thought patterns that reflect my progress, such as thinking of a cool, fun thing to do and immediately thinking about putting it on my Someday/Maybe list.

There’s four steps of mastery: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence and unconscious competence. At the beginning, you don’t know you don’t know. Then you find out that you don’t know and decide to get better. Then you know, but it takes conscious effort to do it. And then you just know it. I’ve been reflecting on this model as it applies to Getting Things Done. Remember, Getting Things Done is about interfacing with your work. It’s like how you use a keyboard and mouse to interface with your computer. I know most of you don’t remember this, but there used to be a time when you had to use a keyboard and command line for interfacing with your computer. No mice, no pretty programs, just a blinking cursor and a keyboard whose buttons were hard as hell to press. Now, by improving your tools for interfacing with your computer (like adding a mouse), you’re able to do more and more efficiently, and your work changes by these new tools. You can do more on the computer when you have a mouse, more intuitively. Similarly, with using the GTD methodology to interface with your work, you both improve your ability to deal with that work and you can improve your work, by improving the quality and/or amount of the work you can do.

Bottom line, Getting Things Done is awesome. Sorry for the incomprehensible rant.

Be happy now,

RT Wolf