Scope, Ambiguity, and Mental Effort

Scope, Ambiguity, and Mental Effort

The broader the scope of your task, or the more ambiguous, the more mental effort it will take to complete. Mental effort in this case means either time, energy, or ingenuity, and likely all three at once. What this means is that if the mental effort you can bring to...
Creative Capture

Creative Capture

I use to dismiss organizational tools as something that would get in my way and impede my creativity. Spreadsheets? Note-taking systems? Bah, I’ll do it all in my head and on whatever scrap paper happens to be lying around. And it sort of worked. I generally got...
Perfectionist Paralysis and Writer’s Block

Perfectionist Paralysis and Writer’s Block

In my coaching I’ve come across distinct types of focus problems, and trouble getting started is by far the most common. Virtually everyone I talk to complains of it in one form or another and there seem to be so many forms that I’m a long way from running out of...
The Morning Note Method

The Morning Note Method

You know those mornings when you wake up knowing exactly what to do and you jump in to do it without a second thought? Mornings like this usually lead to the most fulfilling and productive days, and yet in my experience they are rather rare. Left to my own devices, I...