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The Joys of Avoiding Notes and AI

The Joys of Avoiding Notes and AI

Note takers, makers, apps, and shakers have been quite the rage in recent days. With a promised ease of writing, can we create simply by resting on the notes we’ve naturally squirreled away?

Or perhaps we can turn to AI. From a carefully crafted prompt or two, we can have the makings of a wonderful idea, ready for likes, bells, and subscription buttons hit with gusto .

Certainly, such tools bring great utility. They can smooth processes and present interesting unconsidered paths, all in interest of efficiency.

But, I’d like to make a case for not relying on any of these and instead in the practice of simply sitting by the blank page.

In the same way we can rest our fingers on a piano’s keys without a score, we instead seek to discover and craft from the materials already within.

Certainly practice is powerful as we study and build from the works of others. But there is a delightful fun to priming play, as the shapeless wells and tumbles into consciousness, only then to be finely formed for the senses of an audience.

What is there to fear of a blank page?

  • Will nothing come out?
  • Will what comes out be worth a damn?
  • Will I be lost when I cannot come up with the ever-important third example?

There is an art to sitting with nothing. In meditation, the mind is allowed to be as we observe. At the piano, the keys may well sit in silence, a quiet lake…

  • Will it be cold?
  • Will it be invigorating?
  • Will a slimy something swim by while I have no idea?

While the world swirls and twirls around, consumed as we are by its worries of work, family, and general doom, we can find a wonderful luxurious moment of rest, supported by a blank page and pen patiently waiting nearby.

Write or not.

There is something deeply grounding to a pause.

PS Of course, the silly hypocritical irony is that I looked at my notes before writing this.

 

What is Productivity?

Productivity is many things. For some, it is about doing a lot in a little time.
But, truly, productivity is so much more. It is about:

  • Setting yourself up for success.
  • Being focused where you want to be.
  • Doing things that you find meaningful.
  • Being creative, sometimes even in harsh environments.
  • Forging your own paths.
  • Finding your voice and delivering it well.
  • Knowing and actively deciding on your obligations.
  • Knowing where and how to say “no”.
  • Avoiding procrastination.

Too often, many of us fall into just going along with and fighting whatever the world throws at us. “Go with the flow!”, we say. Meanwhile, we might think, “I’d like to do that one thing. Maybe one day I will.” The days go by. The goal never arrives, and then we wonder why or blame circumstance.

But when we learn to take charge of our lives and the world
around us, we start living life with intention.

“I should do that,” becomes “This is how I start”. Deliberately forging a path to our goals and dreams, we figure out what we want in life and then start taking steps there.

Of course, striking out may seem scary. It takes courage to live life with purpose and on purpose. Roadblocks and worries, fears and concerns show up everywhere.

This is my passion. I want to help you to find that sense of your own unique play to meet the world so that you can:

  • Create a life that is yours.
  • Find and follow an inner guide in a way that works for you and those you care for.
  • Decide on your obligations and meet them while building the world you want.

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The Joys of Avoiding Notes and AI

The Joys of Avoiding Notes and AI

Note takers, makers, apps, and shakers have been quite the rage in recent days. With a promised ease of writing, can we create simply by resting on the notes we've naturally squirreled away? Or perhaps we can turn to AI. From a carefully crafted prompt or two, we can...

read more
The Joys of Avoiding Notes and AI

The Joys of Avoiding Notes and AI

Note takers, makers, apps, and shakers have been quite the rage in recent days. With a promised ease of writing, can we create simply by resting on the notes we've naturally squirreled away? Or perhaps we can turn to AI. From a carefully crafted prompt or two, we can...

read more
The Joys of Avoiding Notes and AI

The Joys of Avoiding Notes and AI

Note takers, makers, apps, and shakers have been quite the rage in recent days. With a promised ease of writing, can we create simply by resting on the notes we've naturally squirreled away? Or perhaps we can turn to AI. From a carefully crafted prompt or two, we can...

read more

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