Author Archives: rcwms

Tunnel: Live By a Metaphor

“Tunnels are periods of time during which your life is constrained by a set of fixed circumstances.” (Good Busy, p. 34) When Louisa Meacham’s three children were under the age of five, she found herself waking up to the same … Continue reading

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Sequence

I scrawl lists on receipts, on scraps of paper, and on my phone. When I dig into my pant pockets or scan any surface at home, I find my lists. I stumble on crumpled grocery, to-do, and random thought lists, … Continue reading

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Mirrors

“The bus driver must always balance her gaze backwards using the rear and side mirrors, and forward, as she anticipates what approaches through the enormous windshields.” – Debra Westenskow When I wrote about the Mirrors practice in Good Busy, I emphasized … Continue reading

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Low-hanging Fruit

One of my favorite productivity thinkers and writers is Julie Morgenstern, author of Never Check E-Mail In the Morning. This book offers a powerful message about setting priorities and shutting out the world each morning to tackle difficult assignments. While … Continue reading

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Geological: Take the Long View

“What matters is the whole span of your life, not the one or two things you do or don’t do now.” (Alexander X. Byrd, Good Busy, p. 47) In Chapter 6 of Good Busy, Alexander X. Byrd, an Associate Professor … Continue reading

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Routine

“Adopting a routine as a practice means creating order by following a daily schedule.” (P.16) For one year, Artist Teching Hsieh punched a worker’s time clock every hour on the hour, leaving fifty-nine minutes in between to sleep, eat, or … Continue reading

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Gungee

“…an icky sensation that welled up from deep inside her.” Good Busy, p.62 April is dedicated to Gungee, a practice about the importance of forward motion in the midst of emotional stress or hardship. Esther, a bartender in Las Vegas … Continue reading

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