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Twyla’s Box: It’s Where Everything Goes
Merlin Mann | Jan 13 2009
I'm sharing it here, because in addition to delivering a thought-provoking slap at the self-abuse of productivity pr0n ("Certainly if you find yourself reading productivity book after productivity book you’re missing the point" [ouch]), it includes a canny synthesis of the overlap between (the best, non-fiddly parts of) GTD and those patterns that seem to help folks like Twyla Tharp to keep making for decades. Nice work, Paul. Loved this (and sorry for arriving so late to the party; I am now subscribed).
So, first a quote from Paul's post, followed by (forgive me) a long-ass re-quoting of Tharp's chapter, "Start with a Box", which I've lovingly copied straight from Paul's swell post. Paul said:
From Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit chapter, "Start with a Box:"
Dynamite, right? And I love Paul's post-script here:
As I said in my presentation the other day, I also love the related topic of "Scratching," where Tharp talks about kind of wandering around with a high tolerance for ambiguity, just letting ideas and inputs flow over her. And, where do those ideas and inspirations go? You guessed it. The Box.
I won't quote that one at length, but I do really feel like this stuff fits together in a sensible, secular way. It's just practical ideas, all pegged to pushing product out the door. Such appealing material that I feel I've barely scratched the surface of.
So excited to keep diving into this stuff. Feels like there's never been a better time to fire your muse.
PS: Can I also mention that Dan M., Paul K., and John G. were, to my knowledge, the only ones in the audience at my talk who audibly laughed out loud at the "Twyla's Box" slide? Which is, you know, disappointing. Because I did say, "box." I mean, come on, people, work with me, here.
PPS: All the sample slides above link to a Clips post with my full deck. Which, as ever, will make hardly any sense without my blathering alongside them. But, I think they're kind of pretty, plus they remind me favorably of Mike Monteiro's stuff (wonderful drawings you should totally buy).
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