Archived entries for Talking points

Naomi – conclusions and insights

My ! – what a lofty title for a humble blog entry, it’s a shock to me too as I did not expect that a week of blogging detailing my task management could be so revealing. I was expecting the week long experiment to reveal to me how I mismanage my task list, perhaps push me towards a more integrated system (rather than the paper diary and endless bits of A4 lists I have now) or that I’d discover exactly how much time I waste dragging my feet on facebook and showing off to the virtual wilderness.

I was wrong – yes all that I have mentioned above does need addressing without a doubt, however the two biggest things that have come out of the week for me are about my need for connectedness with other people, that’s it ok to ask for help. The other thing has arisen out of conversations I have had outside my blog entries and journal writing, that I need to put a monetary value on what I do and go out there and start earning some real money for my skills.

For me the reaches of the week go far beyond time management and action planning. It was serendipitous that I felt so awful when the chronicling of the week began as it allowed me to search what I was doing and why. I know that the initial purpose of the blog was to be an insight in to the ways we work as artists and that alone is fascinating (I cannot thank Jacob enough for setting this up) and I hope I have not hijacked the logs with some turgid self-analysis fascinating to only myself (yes I know have a bit…) so I will wrap this up quickly.

Yes it was good and far better than I ever expected (finding out that Samera did a lot of work from her bed was a comfort and inspiration, finding out that Jacob was doing a workout whilst I am still hugging up to the last bit of warmth from my hot water bottle was awe inspiring). I guess for me the next step would be to meet again in 6 months and ask the question What has changed, what has stayed the same? And for now I want to know what other people feel they gained from the week.

Love always to all of you
Naomi x

One Eye On The Future…

Suffice to say, it’s been a good week. Personally, my style of ‘logging’ changed since I first did something like this in Facebook notes – I’ve written more blog entries than simply lists of activities. I think they make for better reading. But perhaps I need to be a bit more stringent about what it is that I’m trying to investigate in each entry. I have a zillion other outlets for general blogging. The specific goal for this blog was to survey daily productivity. By extension that’s become “survey daily productivity AND your feelings about what you have or haven’t done.”

From a few of the posts and comments, I can see that it’s been a useful experience for those of us that managed to make it all the way through. I’d love to know what happened to the people that started but never finished. I’d love to have seen more cross-commenting on each other’s posts. I’d love to see more comments from people that I know are passing by and following (I’ve had offline conversations with a couple of you…) And yes, I’d love to do it again. I’m thinking about the last week in January, and perhaps quarterly thereafter.

For future weeks, I’m considering inviting people to set their own personal challenges or observational guidelines. Maybe there’s something specific you’d be trying to achieve or survey during a week of this kind of logging. I think writing with specific/clear goals in mind would help your involvement to be a more valuable, transformative experience. Thoughts and responses on this and any other points in comments, please…

Between now and then, I’ll continue posting notes about productivity and related bits n’ pieces. Participants – you’re welcome to do the same. Whether you’re a participant or casual observer, I’m hoping to see you here in the future…


“I’ve been trying an experiment. Whenever I want to use the word “busy,” I substitute another word instead. I’ve been trying “excited” with mixed results. “I’ve been too excited with these projects to give you a call,” works. But it breaks down when trying to use it instead of saying no. “I’m too excited to speak at your conference,” hasn’t been as effective.”

via Liz Danzico (Bobulate)

Working Hard?

“We’re all workaholics now. And yet, I suspect the problem is not so much that we work too hard. Rather, it’s that we work hard without being quite sure what we’re working for.”

Mark Vernon on Working Hard (via the School of Life)

Sunday, maybe?

We’ve pretty much reached the end of the week. We’ve lost a few along the way, and I’m hoping we’ll see a few last minute check-ins before Monday. A few participants have started to mention how this experience has been a good thing for them – I’d love to see more discussion of this in comments. Also, I’d tabled the idea of a Sunday meeting in the original vision for the week.  If people are still available/interested, it’d be great to meet at the Royal Festival Hall around 7pm. Call, mail, tweet, or send me some other sign. Otherwise, post some comments with your thoughts.

Thanks for sharing this week, guys – I’ll post more about my own thoughts from the week and future WHWD weeks soon.

Maker vs Manager

Another break from the logs. Promised I’d post this for Sarah, but I figure many of us would find this interesting:

“When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That’s no problem for someone on the manager’s schedule. There’s always something coming on the next hour; the only question is what. But when someone on the maker’s schedule has a meeting, they have to think about it.”

Daily Routines

A short pause from the stream of daily logs: if you’ve got a moment, head over to Daily Routines. As a blog, it’s currently on hold, but makes for good reading nonetheless. Each post details the way a different writer, artist, or other ‘interesting person’ organises their day. From the looks of all the logs that have been posted so far, the concept of a regular schedule seems contrary to the way these WHWDers go about their business…

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