I’m good at paperwork, but…

… I hate doing the stuff.

If I could teach one lesson to the world today, it would be to make it so the administrative stuff in our lives takes less time, so that the real, true, and important stuff can take more time.

Notice I said one lesson “today”? That’s because I’ve got another lesson for tomorrow! 😉

Purge Day: The Power of Making Space

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Today is Purge Day. In fact, it’s a whole Purge Weekend. And for a guy like me who has some nasty anti-purge tendencies, that can be a struggle.

But, nothing like a nice, cold weekend in the northeast to inspire hunkering down, staying in, and sorting through one’s “stuff” with a harsh eye.

It’s an early spring cleaning, I suppose.

My Purge Manifesto

Top on the list:

  • Get rid of anything within main sightlines in the main living space that doesn’t immediately evoke delight. Either put it away or put it to trash.
  • Toss my current task list in the trash. If it’s important, it’ll make its way back into my brain soon enough.
  • Soak it in. Enjoy the space.

I’m a guy who needs space in order to do my best work. Whenever I find that’s not happening, it’s time to purge and take back the empty!

Takin’ a Break…

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I once read that Bill Gates goes away someplace for a week every year to do nothing but read books, as a way of disconnecting from the routine of everyday life and reconnecting with new thoughts and creativity.

For me, I don’t quite do that, but I do – every time I go away on a vacation – experience what I describe as a catharthis. A change in attitude toward something, and the type of change that would be impossible to experience without leaving my primary life-space for a while.

If I have a “vacation” without such a “catharthis” – then I call that vacation a failure. But the truth is, I don’t think that’s ever happened. I’m actually pretty good at tuning in to the life lessons to be learned from spending some time outside of oneself, so I get a lot of great lessons when I go out of town.

This week we’re spending in Florida. It’s dastardly cold back in my home region of New Jersey, and we lucked out that we’re missing that cold.

And right now, I feel likes it’s been a million years since I’ve been home, been at work, or lived within my usual life’s routine.

But I haven’t disconnected from the learning and the long-term goals that I started to envision while back at home. If anything, those goals and visions have become more solidified while we’ve been away from home.

I have, unfortunately, lost my way a little with this blog recently, and I’m working at it a bit to figure out exactly what I want to share. So taking from one of the lessons I learned a long time ago:

When in doubt about what to write, just keep writing until you figure it out.

Likewise:

When in doubt about how to live, just keep living until you figure it out.