Category Archives: Creativity

Another Wallpaper

Back when I drove to work each morning I would pass this scene on the way in. The rising sun would highlight the grasses. These grasses, at certain times of the year, would glow with a purple haze in the light. For a couple of weeks I went on my merry way thinking I should try and capture an image… Finally I did…This is one of the resulting shots. The images I captured that morning have graced my monitors here and there ever since. This is the version on my laptop this week…Enjoy

Working Toward Being

I wondered upon a new blog today via Fiona Robyn’s planting words: Hospitality and chocolate spread.  These words struck a chord with something deep inside me…

Ways to avoid hovering between resting and doing:

1. Set time aside for both resting and doing.

2. Rest in one place, work in another.

3. When working on a computer only open the programs (and windows) that are absolutely necessary for the work being done (preferably one!)

4. If you don’t need the internet while you’re working turn it off!

5. Know what you’re doing before you start (ie plan your work in advance and your rest activities too).

6. Focus on what you planned to do, for as long as you planned to do it (short bursts of activity work best and are easier to stay focused for).

7. Set a timer to help you stay focused (20 minutes is a good length of time).

8. Take regular work breaks. They give you something to aim at (and make sure you take yourself away from your work for your break).

9. Plan a treat for when you finish you day’s tasks (and make sure you don’t try and plan too much or do more than you plan).

via Learning to not hover between resting and doing | Sustainably Creative by Michael Nobbs.

A lot of the above reminds me of what it was that attracted me so many years ago to The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing’s Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living.

See also: Fiona Robyn; A Year Of Questions: How to slow down and fall in love with life

Seth’s Blog: You should write an ebook

The biggest challenge is that there are no barriers. If you want to do it, go do it. Ideas worth spreading, spread. Seth’s Blog: You should write an ebook.

I am back where I started…Back in the nineties when Fast Company ruled the old media. Back in the days of purple cow milk carton mailers and mind like water guru’s. Both are as relevant today than they were back then. Seth and David.

Write an ebook….Yeah, that’s doable isn’t it Doolin? mmmm….

How the Crash Will Reshape America | Richard Florida

An extremely interesting analysis of the state of the economy and where it may lead from here. Thanks to Jason Kottke for the pointer

If anything, our government policies should encourage renting, not buying. Homeownership occupies a central place in the American Dream primarily because decades of policy have put it there. A recent study by Grace Wong, an economist at the Wharton School of Business, shows that, controlling for income and demographics, homeowners are no happier than renters, nor do they report lower levels of stress or higher levels of self-esteem.

And while homeownership has some social benefits—a higher level of civic engagement is one—it is costly to the economy. The economist Andrew Oswald has demonstrated that in both the United States and Europe, those places with higher homeownership rates also suffer from higher unemployment. Homeownership, Oswald found, is a more important predictor of unemployment than rates of unionization or the generosity of welfare benefits. Too often, it ties people to declining or blighted locations, and forces them into work—if they can find it—that is a poor match for their interests and abilities.

As homeownership rates have risen, our society has become less nimble: in the 1950s and 1960s, Americans were nearly twice as likely to move in a given year as they are today. Last year fewer Americans moved, as a percentage of the population, than in any year since the Census Bureau started tracking address changes, in the late 1940s. This sort of creeping rigidity in the labor market is a bad sign for the economy, particularly in a time when businesses, industries, and regions are rising and falling quickly.

via The Atlantic Online | March 2009 | How the Crash Will Reshape America | Richard Florida.

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