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  • Winning the Day in the DS|Cafe

    July 27, 2020

    "Winning the Day Tracking Spreadsheet" One of the features I like on the Virtual Coworking Cafe Discord is the special WINNING THE DAY role, which is awarded periodically when someone posts something that seems like a “win”.

    If you want to get an earful of my practice and theory with communities, check it out the full article on Patreon; I posted it there because it’s highly relevant to my stated Patreon’s mission of “creating nerdy coworking communities” :-)

     

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    Dave Seah
  • GHDO for July 7: Embracing the Creative Bubble

    July 8, 2020

    "Groundhog Day Do Over: Embracing the Creative Bubble" Happy July 7th! In this month’s “(Not) Groundhog Day Resolutions” review, I’m coming to the close of an investigation into task prioritization as a useful productivity strategy. An unexpected insight is WOW I HAVE A LOT OF FRUSTRATION IN ME and while prioritization by itself wasn’t the answer, I may have learned a few new tricks to deal with it.

    Let’s get into it! (more…)

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  • Prioritization 3: Hormones, Carbs, and Creative Bubbles

    June 27, 2020

    "Excerpt from 'The Creative Habit'" It’s the third week of learning how to focus on-demand, and it’s still been tough going. Last week I struggled with feeling like a jerk as I tried to prioritize my time needs over others. I didn’t feel so bad about that this week, but it still wasn’t great. It was downright depressing toward the end, in fact. That said, some interesting patterns have started to emerge. (more…)

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  • Prioritization 2: Prioritizing without Being a Jerk About It?

    June 20, 2020

    This is the second follow-up to the June “Not Groundhog Day Resolutions” Report, where I admitted I was feeling exhausted and resentful about my lack of progress. A week later I checked-in to see if the countermeasures I’d tried worked; largely I was feeling more in control of my situation, but there were some lingering frustrations.

    This week, the resentment and rage flared up again. (more…)

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  • Prioritization 1: Overcoming Resentment

    June 14, 2020

    In the last entry on how no goal tracking 2020 was proceeding, I noted that I was feeling exhausted and resentful. This is despite the overall success of singular focus (see 2020 process page) with respects to my project work. Everything seems to be relatively under control, and I feel good about my progress.

    What I failed to account for were distractions and setbacks that were OUTSIDE of my control. Meeting the needs of these activities depleted my already limited stockpiles of disciplined energy, and over time my reserve had been overdrawn. I got angry about it, but had no where to put it. No one to blame. This anger festered until I crashed hard, and had to put myself into HERMIT MODE to catch up on work and do a bit of thinking. (more…)

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    Dave Seah