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  • Jack Conte on “Working to Publish”

    August 25, 2020

    A few days ago I came across Work to Publish. It’s a video from Jack Conte, who is half of the musical duo Pomplamoose and co-founder of Patreon. He is super-cheerful and enthusiastic, and I’d been following him for years because his energy is really close to the kind of feeling I want to strive for in my work: engaging, welcoming, novel, and happily quirky.

    The link to the video is below, but briefly Conte’s insight is that finishing a project is fraught with anxiety. One would think that finishing a creative work would bring a sense of relief and accomplishment, but it actually doesn’t! That’s because finishing a creative work doesn’t really have a sense of finality in the way that, say, a sports match does. Conte calls it a “vocabulary problem”, because the work of being a creator isn’t to finish works as much as it is to PUBLISH. It’s a great video; check it out below!

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    Dave Seah
  • GHDO for August 8: Thoughts Sailing Across Still Water

    August 9, 2020

    "Groundhog Day Do Over: Brain Lake Stillness" Hey guys! It’s August 8, which means it’s time for another (NOT) Groundhog Day Resolutions Review.

    In last month’s report I described how extreme social isolation seemed to be one way I could get things done more consistently. I had even found precedent for this in the book The Creative Habit. Thus encouraged, I vowed to put **extra emphasis*** on enforcing my creative isolation to see if I could make better progress on the software work that has been dragging on.

    So how did the Creative Bubble work out? Pretty well…with an unexpected twist! (more…)

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    Dave Seah
  • “Embracing the Creative Bubble” Followup

    August 4, 2020

    In my last not Groundhog Day report I had a theory that The Creative Bubble—essentially a very strict form of creative isolation—might help me overcome the continual resistance I feel toward work. My attitude had been poor and I was irritable all the time; perhaps by unapologetically adapting an extreme creative isolation so I could FINALLY GET SOME WORK DONE IN PEACE would help alleviate the frustration?

    The answer is YES…with a surprise twist: the long-time resistance I feel was maybe not my fault at all.

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    Dave Seah
  • 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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    Dave Seah