Be Boring In Your Life

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work — Gustave Flaubert

Austin Kleon. Steal Like An Artist. Paperback. Page 118.

“Be boring” says Austin Kleon.

If I want to get my life-work done each day, then the rest of my life needs to stop being such a distraction.

There are lots of different methods for organising projects and to-do lists, but one of them is special. One methodology has the goal of having an infinite number of things to do, but nothing on one’s mind.

I’m going to have a second try at implementing David Allen‘s book Getting Things Done.


No Hustle

Hustle culture isn’t why I triggered my great resignation. That’s not a lifestyle that I crave.

Hustle is outcome-focused. Compare this to the practice as described by Seth Godin. I want to live for the practice, not for the outcome.

“Journey before destination”, as Ali Abdaal might say.

“You’re a winner when you have a zest for life, when you wake up every morning excited about the day.”

Ernie J. Zelinski, The Joy of Not Working, page ix, Ten Speed Press