• Working with Stuff

    Doing Things can suck it: why obsessing about productivity may not work

    Doing things. To-do-lists. “How are you going to get there?!?!” “It won’t just happen, you know, you have to act!” Do things!!! DO-THINGS!!! Etc. This is how most of the coaching world sounds like to me. Now, let’s be clear on something: for some people, this kind of “motivation” to “action” works a treat. It is precisely what they need. The want to do something, and then someone reminds them to act… and they go and act. They may even hire a coach to motivate them. Well. Good for them. For other people, this kind of emphasis on “action” has the exact opposite effect of “motivating” us. In fact, it…

  • Stuff you can try,  Widdershins Essentials,  Working with Stuff

    Your Awesome Thing

    Your Awesome Thing is the Thing you want to do in this world Sometimes it will look like a “specific thing”. A very clear goal. A dream. You can see the image in your mind’s eye, you can describe every detail of it. It’s a house, a car, a website, a city, a job. Sometimes it will feel like a craving… A vague sense of wanting “more” in your life. Not a specific “Thing” but a spiritual quality. I use “Awesome” as a default, because who doesn’t want that. But it could be, for example, Confidence. you just wish you could feel more confident, act more confident, or surround yourself…

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    Why you should watch cartoons as a productivity strategy

    While I was writing the “Working with your Stuff” e-book, I watched (almost) the whole of “Hey Arnold!”. (In fact, I am watching it right now) While writing + launching my e-book “How to be OK with Yourself”, I watched the whole of “Daria”. Several times. Then I got Daria to help me write the copy for the sales page. (What? You don’t know “Daria”? How did you survive the “teenage years”?!?!”) My (super supportive) friend who witnessed both my endless hours of pouring on my e-book in between my obsessive “Daria” consumption, was like… “W00t?!”. My answer: “I’m under a lot of stress right now, what with doing something…