Use Downtime to Shift from Activity to Productivity

Among my many takeaways from Deep Work by Cal Newport is something that I already knew, but rarely acknowledge. When I push myself, and choose to work rather than embrace some downtime, the work that I do is neither very good nor very important. When I’m tired, and my brain is fried, and my motivation…

Monastic Discipline and Deep Work

I’m reading a book called Deep Work by Cal Newport, about how the internet and modern life have forced us into a pattern of shallow and superficial thinking. We live in sound bites, YouTube clips, and constant interruption. It’s hard to dedicate time to deeper, more meditative contemplation on any issues. It’s a problem because some…

Someone Really Loves My Work

When I opened my email there were a slew of new 5-star ratings on a bunch of my books. Woohoo!

Embrace the Power of Your Creative Process

The theme running through everything for me today is the relationship between art, the artist, and the audience. Katie’s head is in this space because her Master’s thesis, and her Ph.D. proposal, touch on the value of art education in relation to the agency and identity of art educators. I’m thinking about it because it’s…

I Am Neither Dead Nor Dreaming

In the coming weeks I have some very aggressive deadlines. To be able to hit my marks, I won’t be posting here or on most social media with any scheduled regularity. It’s not unplugging so much as adjusting priorities around how I utilize my time. I’m just going to be less chatty for a while.…