Get Things done

 

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Document your thoughts and ideas

An idea never caught, might as well be an idea never thought!

Make sure you have at least one way to capture the thoughts, ideas and inspirations you get when they come to you.

The tools I use the most are:

   Now the smartphone is of course a bit like cheating (in a good way) since it contains all of the above. I personally use an android device and love the app Mobisle Notes for writing down ideas on the fly. It has the ability to connect to my google accout to back up on my google drive, but does not need a connection to function when I need to write in it.

   If you need one or more of the items above, consider following the affilliate links to read more about the four items I've provided pictures of throughout the post. They are all price worthy contestants with high grades.

Crap is a fertilizer

Something done crappy is better than nothing made perfectly

You might think that failures are something to be avoided at all cost.

You probably have heard the old adage that "you can only learn from your mistakes" and thought to yourself, "what a load of hogwash!" and moved on to funnier, easier projects.

Well truth be told you can learn from both failures and successes, but you will have a very hard time indeed to make progress in life if you always stop a venture when you fail at something.

Failure is not the only learning option, but neither is it a game stopper.

Failure is simply lifes way of telling us to keep trying, because success is just around the corner (perhaps not this corner, but some corner to come).

More importantly, something done crappy is better than nothing made perfectly. And the more crap you produce, the more it will fertilize the growth of your skills and confidence.

If you're determined not to shy away from failure, from half baked results or wonky finished products, you will get more done, you will produce more.

And you will continue to evolve towards the person you want to be. The person whose life you want to live.

Start

5 minutes every week adds up to 4 hours and 40 minutes a year, and if you start on your 5 minutes you will most likely to 10-15-30 or more.

Before you know it youve squeezed in an extra work week, just for your personal passion project.

It's a matter of seeing the spaces and acting on them.

It does not mean to never rest or to never enjoy the moment.

What it means is to make use of all those moments when you simply stand around waiting for other things to happen.

Passion doesent happen, it is wrought from life by those who wants it. Strong, weak, smart, feable. It does'nt matter, what matters is your will to do and to do it when opportunity arises.

As Terry Rossio put it: Never Wait

Keep your sh**t together

A place for everything and everything in its place

Create a space to keep your project and make sure that it always ends up there when your five (or thirty) minutes are up.

Keep the tools and parts in order so that the next time you have five minutes it takes no more than one or two to get started.

If you have to look around for even one tool or part for more than five minutes, well then five minutes a week might be a bit harder to cram in.

For example: If your project is to work on digital photos, don't keep all the pictures in one folder. Organize them after year, month, maybe even the particular dates they where taken and collect the ones your working on now in a special named project folder. When you get into the habit of always dumping the content of your camera to its date specific folders it will take almost no more time to do so, and finding a particular photo again will be much easier.

Or if your project is to build a piece of armour for your cat, then you should keep all hammers, chisels and whatnot easily accessible next to your work place and the armour in progress on its own dedicated shelf space. Both to find it easily and start working, but also so that you don't start piling other stuff on and around it in a haphazard manner.

 

And thats all there is to it...

You can always find new trick to improve, tweak or simply change the way you work (or procrastinate), but this is the basic tenants that I try to live by.

These four principles are the constants that I always return to in order to continue with and complete the things I do out of love and passion.

I hope that they will help you as well and if you have any improvements, tweaks och tricks you want to share, please do so. Either here below in the comments or by sending a mail to david@mindbroadening.com

Love /David

 
 
 

My favourite pods

 

I have a passsion for audio. The worlds it can conjure and the information it can realate in an easy format.

One aspect of audio that I am particularly in love with is podcasting. To bring along a friend I've never met, who don't even know who I am, wherever I go is simply amazing!

No matter if I'm driving to work, renovating my house or working my garden, I will always have a freindly voice along telling me all sorts of interesting stuff and making my day more fullfilled.

This is a list of podcasts that I enjoy on a regular basis along with a few samples that I've enjoyed in particular. I hope they will make your days and nights richer and that they will help to broaden your mind.

 

Love

/David

 

The Survival Podcast

Everything from growing your own food to personal finance, to think for yourself and helping neighbors.

Jack Spirko who runs The Survival Podcast is extremely productive, producing five one-hour shows per week, of which two to three are interviews with everything from economists and gardeners to small-scale butchers and recycling experts.

Recomended episodes:

Brandon Sheard, The farmstead meatsmith on curing meats

What is permaculture and why should I care?

Dan Carlins Common Sense

Personal and in depth reflections on current events in the US and the rest of the world, seen mainly from  an american perspective.

 The shows are semi-contemporary but still relevant in a longer time span, especially the episode that adress more fundamental values such as why you shouldnt torture, ever.

The main page with the current and the past 10 episodes

Hardcore History

The main reason for why Dan does'nt publish Common Sence more often is that he has to locks himself in a closet and read 50 obscure books on a specific event in history.

That takes time, but the upside is that the result of this reclusion is that we from time to time can enjoy a new piece of Hardcore History.

It is a show where we get a more in depth look at decisive moments and epic journeys than we ever got in school. Dan is in his own words "a fan of history", but he is a fan with a major in history and an almost fanatical devotion to the pope to finding the explaining facts.

Recomended episodes:

Logical Insanity - on why someone might think the A-bomb is a humane weapon

Prophets of doom - about a religious and social revolution gone terribly wrong

The Good Life Project

A conversation about the things that bring meaning to life, and the things that might detract from it. John Fields sits down with with authors, TED talkers, designers and many other in his own living room to talk about the things that are dearest to their hearts.

It is a show that is built on feelings and the exploration of self.

Available both as video feeds and podcasts.

Recomended episodes:

Brene Brown - On gratitude, Vulnerability and Courage

Ash Beckham - Closets are no place to live

The Tim Ferriss Show

If you are interested in personal development, maximising the gifts mother nature gave you or simply want to be the most profitable Angel Investor in the world, then the Tim Ferriss Show is for you.

Tim interviews highly successfull people from all walks of life. A chess prodigy, a hippie turned tech guru, an FBI futurist and many more.

All episodes are worth your time and most are a blast!

Recomended episodes:

Kevin Kelly - founder of WIRED and a fan of the Amish

Tracy DiNuzio - founder of tradsy.com about her entrepreneurial travels and much more

Scripnotes

"A podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters" and quite francly, to most who love movies and the process behind them.

Hollywood screenwriters John August and Craig Maizin talk about the craft of screenwriting, their inspirations, sucesses, failures and every day events in the movie business.

If you like movies (who don't) and want to know more about the craft from a writers standpoint, dive in at any episode and swim around in the scripnotes ocean.

Chase Jarvis Live

A show centered on creativity in the visual mediums, mainly Chase's own: photography and movies.

Chase sits down with his guest in front of a live audience and delves into their greatest achievements, trying to find out what made them (both person and project) into a success.

Personal, friendly and sometimes surprising.

Recomended episodes:

Survivorman Les Stroud - about doing the thing you love event though noone (not even you) belive in it

Tina Roth - Your Side Project Is Your Next Big Win

Mer Av Allt (in Swedish)

And finally a plug for my own project in my native tongue.

If swedish is a language you enjoy, I would love for you to come in and listen.

Me and my friend Erik talks with each other and people who inspire us about creativity, creative project and getting things done.

I hope that your life will be enriched by some of the pods above, and please let me know what your favourite pods are!

4-Hour Workweek – Review

I've had jobs that I hated.

Not all jobs. Not the one I have right now (self-employed IT consultant), but more than I would like.

A job that you hate can break you down.
It crushes your dreams. It steals your energy. It makes you a tired, bitter and depressed human being.

I do not want you to be a tired, bitter and depressed humans.
People like that are not fun to hang out with, but above all, it's a terrible waste of the miracle that is human life and intelligence.

Tim Ferriss ripped out his soul on job after job, and quit job after job.
He was constantly looking for the job that would give him everything he thought he wanted. Everything society told him that he wanted.
Money, status, recognition from authority ...

The problem was that it was not those things that he himself wanted, not deep down in the crevices of his soul.

What Tim wanted was happiness, positive challenges, love and time to explore their passions.

Now Tim is famous, rich and has a lot of status. But not because he's got the right job, but as a side effect of doing what he loves and doing it effectively.

"The 4-Hour Workweek" is a book that mixes Tim's own stories with others, in a style that is more or less a guidebook for how to design for his life to what you really want to live.

This is a book that is filled with illustrative stories (fables with people) and practical exercises to define and reach your life goals. Some may feel hard, some a bit extreme, most based on someone else's thoughts. But it does'nt matter. As long as you treat them with an open mind, they will make you start questioning your ingrained thinking and open you up to new ideas.

When was the last time you broke up with an old way of thinking? It's an exciting, uplifting feeling that gives you a glimpse of what is possible. Do it as often as you can.

Some of the things that Tim gives you the opportunity to work with are: to train yourself in the art of suggesting, to behave like a stubborn two year old, dreamlining, doing nothing, or how to plan a mini-retirement.

 

"I have had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened"

Mark Twain

I have not done every excersize that Tim suggests, but I've started on a few. I've practiced to suggest instead of asking and have begun to dreamline to get a picture of what I really want to do going forward. Some exercises I have reflected on, some I have modified and implemented in my everyday life. So far I have only had positive results and am glad that I have tried. Do not be afraid to try, the worst possible consequence is usually much milder than you think.

Your life goals will differ from mine, but be sure to define your goals. Do not settle for one goal and do not be afraid to add or subtract as you go along. As far as we know, we only get one chance to live, so make the most of the opportunity you have. Not in order to make others jealous or proud, but in order to be happy and to become the kind of person that you would like to spend time with.

Strive to become your own role model. Strive to live your life.

With an open mind and a willingness to actually do, not just talk, this book can be a much needed inspiration and push in the right direction.

Give it a chance. I'm here if you have questions or concerns, we can sit down and come up with the answers together.

With love
/David

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It’s alive!

Sour dough starter

I love tasty bread, and sour dough baking is one of those things that fascinates both me and the kids to no end. Microscopic life turns a pile of dry and wet ingrediences into a bubly unwieldy mass and heat turns it into bliss with butter on it.

But how to start if there is no sour dough to be found, with no bake-o-files in close proximity and no friendly bakery around the corner?

Well, don’t fret no more. Making a sour dough starter (the equivilent to a package of yeast) is as easy as 1-2-3. All i takes is a container, some flour, a splash of water and a healthy dose of patience.

  1. Take a glas jar and fill about half of it with the flour of your choice. Wheat is probably the easisiest to get going, but most will work just fine.
  2. pour in some room temperature water, about 25% of the jars total volume.
  3. Stir. If it turns into a dough, add more water. It should be semi-liquid but with some resistance.
  4. Let it stand in your kitchen with the lid of for 2-3 weeks.
  5. After 2-7 days you’ll most likely see bubles in the jar and if you sniff it there will be a strong alcoholic tone.
  6. After 2-3 weeks the smell will have mellowed some and it will be ready to use in a sourdough :)

More on baking with your new friend in posts to come.

 

 

Emotional rollocoaster

Photo by Ben Schumin

Photo by Ben Schumin

(I wrote the text below early this summer after two intence days and nights)

We didn’t buy a house today.

We still had a pretty good margin, but in the end it was no longer a question of dollars and cents, but a question of life.

Will we be able to sleep at night knowing that we have no more than 100$ or so each month when all the essentials (food, the house…) are payed for?

Will we be able to see our kids on the weekdays or will they fall asleep on the way home from kindergarten?

Will we be able to take chances? To go to university at 33? Start up a business without burning the midnight oil? Take a last minute vacation to the sun or snow ‘cause we feel like it?

Will we live or will we exist?

My stomach has been quesy. My heart beats faster each time we raise. It falls to the pit of my stomach when someone else reraises. My head spins at the sums of imaginary, soon to be real, money thrown around.

When the rollocoster finnaly stops and we get of at the place we started, I stumble out. Not quite sure how to feel for a moment, then feeling steadily lighter, feeling alive.

I am alive.

I am still alive.

Still free to live the life I want. With the people I love. Owning my time.