This thread is making me so happy it's stupid.
Sean, Merlin Mann hasn't been doing much on 43 Folders of late, but he's started a podcast http://5by5.tv/b2w/ that I highly recommend.
I didn't remember mentioning Godin, so for a few minutes there I was convinced we'd achieved some sort of psychic link through the internets where you were gleaning thoughts directly from my head. So I'm right there with you.
I discovered 43 Folders a while back thanks to you mentioning it at some point, though his site doesn't look terribly active at the moment. Just looked up War of Art and it's officially On The List. Thanks to Google+ I'm tuned back into Scott McCloud, who I always find inspiring. I'm on Godin's mailing list and wake up every day to some snippet of wisdom that gets my brain started.
It's funny, I always have to look outside my field for inspiration, because everyone in theater is either burnt out or too busy to think straight. We tend to be a Live In The Now kind of tribe as you well know. Part of my getting the hell out of NYC was so that I could get some perspective and hear my own thoughts again. For as much crap as I gave you when you left the city in hindsight you were so smart to get out and I applaud you for the move. Now that I'm out I feel like I can breathe again, and gain some focus and control rather than freaking out about where rent is coming from next month, or taking 400% more work than I should be in order to get ahead. I liked the blog post today about goal setting, btw. I do it in fits and starts but I like the way you two handle it, very smart.
I think I'm about to use Antony Johnston's Scrivener methodology start-to-finish for the first time today. Will let you know how it goes.
Oh wow, I'd looked at that and it looked hardcore (although I suspect that's just mostly down to the difference between reading a process and actually doing it).
Hope it goes well!
I can't remember if anyone has already posted a link to this, so apologies if I'm doubling up, but this free ebook is pretty cool:
The author, Mark McGuinness, has some great blog posts about the subject too (at the link above).
I'm going to try these two things (by Cal Newport) for 2012:
They're very old posts, but I've had them bookmarked and printed out for ages. Way too long! I am seriously going to give both of these a shot in the first few months of the year, see how I get on.
Discovering this thread has been both highly motivating and fuel for procrastination. That's probably my biggest problem with productivity stuff is that I get super-into it for a while, but then it's so much to think about it just all falls away. It's like creativity yo-yo dieting.
I color comics sometimes: MichaelCGarland.com
I'm sure it's been posted in this forum before, but I love Henry Miller's rules for writing, especially this one:
“When you can’t create you can work.” Henry Miller's 11 commandments of writing and his daily creative routine http://t.co/Kv0KPGCM
Via @brainpicker on Twitter, who you should definitely follow.
PS - friend of mine from work just had a baby, they named him Henry, their last name is Miller.