reading a book

How to Read a Book – Book Review

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren is THE classic text on reading thoughtfully. Is it still worth reading, even though it was last updated in 1972?

It's not in my nature to stick to a habit. Here's how I did.

There is an ebb and flow to creative work. The trick is being ready for when you're not feeling inspired.

Creating for the sake of creating. You know, having to create stuff because you have to, not because you want to. Ugh.

Photo by ideacreamanuelaPps I’m going to level with you: I’ve got nothing to write today. Not a single thing. So why are you still reading? You’re probably thinking that I’m going to turn this into a lesson of some sort, but that’s just the thing: I can’t. Because I can’t think of a single thing… Read more

Photo by khalid almasoud What do you do in the morning that inspires you? Creativity depends on hard-nosed routines, but also needs to be inspired on a regular basis. I’m definitely a morning person, so a lot of my inspiration comes in the AM. Here are a few things I do to ensure I’m getting… Read more

Photo by Pear Biter I’m typing this post from the porch sunny Sacramento ranch. My fiancee is a bridesmaid in a wedding, and I was lucky enough to tag along for the ride. A peacock is nonchalantly grazing not three feet from me, and I’m sitting next to a babbling brook typing away, amazed at… Read more

photo credit: Peter Smile Mornings used to be one of the low points of my day. Long story short: I’m not a very graceful person in the morning. A friend of mine has a saying that I’ll adapt: I don’t even believe in God until around 10 am. In college I used to wake up… Read more

Variety is the spice of life. No one can deny that. There’s a book out there that shows that if you’re looking for satisfaction in routines, you’re probably not going to find it. One of these books is Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment by Gregory Burns, a professor of psychology at Emory. His… Read more

I’ve found this true so many times in my life. Recently I was awaken by a phone call at 5:45 in the morning, and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I took a shower, made a great breakfast, and got working. By the time it was 9:30, I had done more than I usually did… Read more

An ideal scenario for increased productivity would be to approach your desk every day with your work already prioritized and your schedule set up so that you have a block of time marked off for uninterrupted work. There would be nothing on the desk to divert your attention while you are working. Your sole focus… Read more

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