recent reading

February 29, 2008 | Leave a comment

Here are a few books I’ve read since the first of the year. I haven’t taken the time to devote an entire blog post to any of these, but I think they are worth mentioning:

It’s All Too Much, by Peter Walsh
Talk of living with less clutter has increased a great deal in the last few years it seems to me.… Read more

i'm finally cool

February 29, 2008 | Leave a comment

Let it be noted that today, I finally became cool enough to be a licensed Scrivener user. I’m taking on a large for hire writing project. It involves research and multiple sections, and it occurred to me this is exactly the kind of thing Scrivener was made for. Hmm…now something else is going to have to bear the weight of my technolust.… Read more

taskpaper at maczot

February 25, 2008 | Leave a comment

If you are a Mac user who is looking for a simple, GTD styled task manager, take a look at TaskPaper.

Today, you can get it for only $12 over at MacZot!
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capture everything: the incubator

February 24, 2008 | 8 Comments

This is last post in a series on capturing everything. Previous entries:

In a time of growing self awareness a few years ago, I quietly proclaimed myself to be a content creator.… Read more

30 minutes? ha!

February 23, 2008 | 4 Comments

Apparently, Rachel Ray can make this black bean salsa in 10 minutes.

It took me 60. I doubled the recipe, but that doesn’t make me feel any less incompetent.

I even used her knife.

Update: Crap…I just realized that I forgot the garlic.
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lazy saturday links – 02.23.08

February 23, 2008 | Leave a comment

Some of my favorite links on creativity and workflow from the interweb this week:

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being vs. doing: i do so i can be

February 20, 2008 | 1 Comment

I need to write this entry for myself as much as anyone.

I’ve been consumed by my task list this week. Too many projects converged at once with barely enough time and energy to get them done. I’ve kept so busy doing, I’ve had little chance to just be.… Read more

creativity loves company

February 18, 2008 | 1 Comment

I read Ethan Watters’ Urban Tribes in 2005. While I thought the book was interesting, what stuck with me most was the realm in which the book was written. Ethan Watters is one of the co-founders of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. It is a shared “office for the creative self-employed” operating with the hypothesis “that community is conducive to productivity”.… Read more

everything must change

February 17, 2008 | 1 Comment

I agree with about 75% of what Brian McLaren has to say in Everything Must Change. I think that about 75% of me doesn’t want to. While the title is ambitious, it appropriately reflects the point that McLaren is trying to make — and he makes it well.

In Everything Must Change, McLaren sets out to answer the two dominant questions of his life: What are the biggest problems in the world?Read more

the hodos project

February 16, 2008 | 1 Comment

I’ve started a new blog to share the more specific details of our church planting journey with friends and supporters. The blog is called The Hodos Project.

Hodos Project is a code name of sorts for this early stage of our family’s transition to Austin to form a new faith community.… Read more

lazy saturday links – 02.16.08

February 16, 2008 | Leave a comment

If it is a lazy Saturday morning, then it is time for some lazy Saturday links:

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what about because?

February 15, 2008 | Leave a comment

Belong. Believe. Become.

I think it was first in The Divine Conspiracy that I read the words above. Since then, I have heard the concept developed in many books, presentations, and discussions.

The core idea is that this is a healthy way for one to move into the community of those who follow Jesus — the church.… Read more

yojimbo makeover

February 13, 2008 | 3 Comments

As much as I love Yojimbo, the icon (to the right) has never quite revved my engines. Somehow, the karate kick just doesn’t inspire me to tuck away thoughts dredged the murky depths of my soul.

Thanks to my friend Todd, I’m now sporting a new Yojimbo icon that looks like a short stack of brand new moleskine notebooks.… Read more

capture everything: out and about

February 11, 2008 | 1 Comment

This is part 4 of 5 in a series on capturing everything. Other entries:

As I’ve disclosed my processes to capture every worthwhile thought, discerning readers (or Luddite sympathizers) might have noticed that it seems as if I sit at a computer all the time.… Read more

bird by bird: the emotional center

February 10, 2008 | 2 Comments

Posting may slow down a little bit this week here at Creativityist. I will be doing a little bit of traveling. I have a number of entries in process right now, including the next installment in the capture everything series. I’ll put finishing touches on them and post them if I have opportunities on the road.… Read more

lazy saturday links — 02.09.08

February 9, 2008 | Leave a comment

A lazy Saturday morning is a good time to share some notable links from my journeys through life and the interweb this past week:

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creativity begets creativity

February 8, 2008 | 3 Comments

Two elemental fears sabotage my creative process time and again.

The first fear is that my creative expressions won’t be received well by others. It would take many blog entries (and hours of therapy) to unravel that fear. That’s not what this blog entry is about…I’m afraid no one would want to read about that anyway.… Read more

contexts: tinkering

February 6, 2008 | Leave a comment

This is part of a series on Contexts where I explore some of the unique contexts I’ve been working with in my GTD system.

David Allen’s Getting Things Done techniques have been very helpful for me. The one that has most benefited my workflow has been the concept of organizing tasks by context.… Read more

bird by bird: give and give and give and give

February 5, 2008 | Leave a comment

More words from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird:

You are going to have to give and give and give and give, or there’s no reason for you to be writing. You have to give from the deepest part of yourself, and you are going to have to go on giving, and the giving is going to have to be its own reward.Read more

capture everything: ideas

February 4, 2008 | 1 Comment

This is part 3 of 5 in a series on capturing everything. Other entries:

Once you start to really get serious about capturing every thought of value (and some that aren’t), you’ll quickly realize there are two types of thoughts you want to remember.… Read more