Flexible, Minimalist Systems for People Who Don’t Like-but need!-Systems
4 min read
I have a slightly love-hate relationship with routines and systems. I need the structure, but I crave freshness and spontaneity, even if I’m not always sure what to do with it. Left to my own whims and random impulses, I invariably end up exploring the backroads. I may thrive for a while, but sooner or later I hit a few potholes and wheels come off.
For a while I have courted the sweet spot of structure between going completely free-range and feral — with it’s inevitable inconsistencies in my mood, energy, and productivity — and having overly rigid systems that invariably I jettison when they feel stiff.
My shift to freelancing and working from home — not to mention physical / social distancing — only intensified my struggle to find the right amount of structure for myself: a way to have enough of a routine to thrive without getting the stale feeling and push back that I know too well.
In my search for the sweet spot, I’ve found an approach to structuring my days that gives me just enough structure while maintaining the freedom and flexibility I crave.
Mistakes are the building blocks of the learning experience
3 min read
“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” — Miles Davis
Miles Davis famously told players in his band there are no wrong notes. ‘Wrong notes’ are simply notes we haven’t resolved yet. With the right approach, ‘mistakes’ stir our creativity and mentally push our boundaries. The ‘wrong notes’ push us to find a way to resolve them beautifully, often in a way we never would have thought of if we hadn’t unintentionally created the need and possibility.
It is never a mistake if you learn something.
Creative Destruction: Golder Goldstein's Blog
Nearly every time I sit down to write, to create, something gets destroyed.