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Fast way to get unstuck

From the endlessly helpful and fascinating time burglar called the C2 wiki comes “List Your Way Out Of Stuckness.” I really like the idea behind this—particularly that notion of breaking your tasks into smaller and smaller pieces. I also just like the word “stuckness.”

Although I haven’t decided whether I think there’s a functional difference “Fears” and “Worries,” I do think this kind of exercise can be really valuable. It gets amorphous anxieties out of your brain’s echo chamber, and that’s always a good thing.

I think I’d even want to take this a step further, and, at the end of the exercise, meditate on what the brain dump meant: what’s the take-home message of all that cogitating and how can I learn from it (or not get hung up by it) in the future.

So, anyhow, I made a template and printed out a bunch of copies to keep handy. Help yourself.

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First, I'd like to thank...

First, I'd like to thank Merlin for throwing up his template, I took a peak at it and found it to be a good start. I had a couple issues, first that it printed so light on my printer it was almost unreadable, but that is on big deal, and second I wanted another field, so I whipped up a modified on in Photoshop on my iBook and I'd like to put it up for consumption. This one is in PNG format as the PDFs Photoshop spit out are kinda wonky. My Braindump Template. Cheers,

Brandon "solarce" Bowman




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