Running on Faith

Running at night helps my mind not see the distant trees. I know I’m running 7 miles, so why does it matter about the trees in the distance and how long I’ve staring at them worrying about how slow I’m going? Thoughts, like gear, also can fit into the mission essential, useful, or stupid categories. If I am focusing only on the process, after having committed to the plan of running a 7 mile strip of land, then I don’t need to worry about anything else. Just run. And that is each step. Each step, running in the fog at night, is a chance to make that step a good one. CrossFit has the same approach with make each rep count. They don’t mean to make each rep a PR. But instead to make each rep as good of a technique as you can. CrossFit is about functional fitness, not lifting weights. Functional fitness is about living life well. If you scale workouts to where your level is so that each rep is something you do well, focus on form not result, process not product, then you’ll get stronger. The weights change, but the approach doesn’t. The distances of a run change, a 4 mile run used to be my long run, but the process doesn’t. Battles and wars change, but the soldiers don’t.

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Switching to more traditional OmniFocus contexts

I found that the contexts really were arbitrary. There were some things that I can do best when I’m fresh, have coffee and time (thinking)… but working as much as I work… this is a pipe dream to wait for that golden moment to come by. Much of my day was in the **zombie** state. Even though I was tired, I still had to do prep for a brief or presentation. The contexts became, and stayed (though I tried mightily to keep it from doing so) the equivalent of the writer who never writes anything because ze is waiting for **inspiration** to strike. I know, this was me. It was out of necessity that I would pull out my iPhone while sitting in a theater waiting for a concert to begin and begin typing out a rough draft for an article I was working on. It wasn’t because I was in any energy level.

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MindNode to OmniOutliner to OmniFocus

Sometimes sitting down to OmniFocus to come up with a project and tasks is daunting. While it is easier than writing because it is essentially in an outline form, sometimes outlines are not working for me. So today I sat down with my iPad and cranked up my MindNode and cranked out a basic overview of a project. It became apparent as I moved things around that some things were relying on others and I soon found that I had a couple of key ‘choke points’. Looking at this visual representation I got a good idea of how my project was going to work.

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OmniFocus is better than iced coffee

I read several other books, Flight of the Buffalo, The Road Less Travelled, The Three Meter Zone, The Oz Principle, Principle Centered Leadership, First Things First, Pour Your Heart Into It, Today Matters, Walking in This World, The Artist’s Way, and many more. Some made me feel great, some helped a little, but still nothing seemed to ‘work’ for me. Until I came upon Getting Things Done. Seriously, read this book.

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Why Papers is Freaking Awesome

I wish this program had existed earlier in my college career, and that I had known about it earlier. Papers, by Mekentosj, is pretty freaking awesome. I used to have to carry around a stack of photocopied research articles. I don’t remember what my library copy budget was at the University of Houston, but I spent a lot. Kids today have it easy, they can go online and download electronic copies. In my day we had to walk uphill in the snow to find a journal (if the college subscribed to it) and wait your turn at the photocopier, print it, staple it, and then you had to carry around a stack in your backpack. If you want to share with someone, you had to make more copies.

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Taking Notes in Meetings with Ghostwriter and Evernote

But there are times when I still need to handwrite. David Sparks made this point quite well in MPU episode 100 in that some people are put off by someone typing in a meeting, but are not bothered by someone handwriting. I’ve found this to be true in some instances. However there is another reason why handwriting is better, and that is I must use more of my attention in listening when engaged in a psychological mode where I have to pay attention to little details of a person’s body language, emotional expressions, words, etc…

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