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Operation ‘time recovery’

Operation ‘time recovery’

Over the last 6-9 months, I’ve been kind of obsessed with figuring out ways to work smarter.

Whether segmenting my time in new ways or finding certain hacks that help streamline aspects of my work, doing things more efficiently creates time, and that concept of creating time by getting my shit together has become a huge motivator for me.

I’ve been thinking to myself, how can I create a better system? How can I enhance operation ‘time recovery’, and spend that earned time doing the creative or connective things I love?

I’m not saying I’ve achieved some singularity of mind that keeps me entirely organized, but I am saying that we’re probably kidding ourselves if we think that the current way we’re operating is improvement-proof.

For 2016, I’m trying to batch-method things more. I’ll let you know how that attempt at improvement goes.

 

In the meantime, if you discover tools, resources, strategies, or ideas that help you in your own time recovery, definitely share those with me!

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‘The Good Bubble’

‘The Good Bubble’

Lately I’ve been reminded that intent is everything. By forgiving positive intent gone awry, we create more spaces to truly communicate as opposed to react & defend.

It’s helpful to remind ourselves that to expect positive intent, we have to dish it out, and that in doing so, we intentionally build positive spaces all around us.

I like to call this, ‘The Good Bubble’.

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Any category we want

Any category we want

We can exist in any category we want.

We can like things that society might not think would go together.

We can be a jock that also acts in plays. We can love art and math. We can love Hip Hop and Prog Rock.

While categories are about what subsection of life things fit into, they don’t apply in the same way to humans as they do to facets of life.

We’re not constrained by labels, genres, ideas, places, worldviews, ourselves…

Or at least, we shouldn’t be.

Letting others be who they are is inextricably linked to having the freedom to be ourselves.

Here’s to both sides of said coin & learning to do both things better.

 

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From what to how

From what to how

Increasingly, my thoughts are shifting from WHAT to HOW.

My WHY is often clear, and it usually is for most of us. We’re lit up by something and time stops when we immerse ourselves in that thing.

The issue is, time doesn’t really stop.

While we’ve launched ourselves head first into the deep end of a concept, idea, or project, our excitement can obscure a rational analysis of how that inspiration should mature from initial idea to real thing.

My friend Levi and I often chat about the process of wrestling with inspiration and figuring out how it fits into the other things we’re doing.

In thinking about the need for a system to help evaluate ideas and determine what energy we should give them, we began to think about the questions we’d need to answer to figure that out.

The fact is, our life-pie doesn’t get bigger, the days don’t get longer, and budgets don’t increase on their own.

While time doesn’t stop, there are always ways to work smarter, remind ourselves of strategy and be more calculated about the effort we give to the work we’re so passionate about.

This thinking has resulted in the creation of a framework that will assist creatives, entrepreneurs, & business owners in taking ideas from gestation to implementation.

It’s not quit ready yet, but it’s exciting to think we might be on the brink of a project that could help us ask the all important question of HOW.

I’ll keep you posted.

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David Bowie

David Bowie

To me, the truly great thing about David Bowie was how fully he gave himself to the things he was compelled to create.

He had advanced thoughts about art, music, fashion, technology, & business, among many other categories, because he could see the entirety of an idea from every angle, then build it.

He could fully envision how the band should play, what should be worn, how the lights should be set up, what the cover of the record would look like, what the stage design for the tour should be, & what persona would fit best, all the while maintaining an inherently intuitive creative approach that never lost the forest for the trees.

He consistently had cohesive ideas about how all the parts would fit together to service the whole.

What can I say, I admired that about him.

In thinking about how one can best create and implement projects, making things that work, inspire, and elevate involves similar creative visions. It requires a preeminent idea about the end product & how to get there.

Simply put, David Bowie embraced his weirdness and unlocked his genius.

He proved that our freak flags are OK… and made some really cool shit in the process.

P.s. This article I read on Medium.com pretty much sums up my sentiment. I also highly recommend Bowie’s most recent record, Blackstar, which was released last week, just days before his passing.

 

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Let’s stay in touch

Let’s stay in touch

Hey, friends. You may have noticed that your emails often get categorized as either part of your primary inbox or as a promotion. Since I use Mailchimp to send out my newsletter, you are probably seeing my emails in your Promotions tab.

The thing is, I’m not Groupon, an airline, a brick & mortar business offering a discount, or any other kind of typical promotional retailer.

While I do offer services & have art for sale, my newsletter has a lot more to do with unpacking ideas & questions that you might find value thinking about. As such, I’d love to make sure you get my emails, and there are two ways to make sure my emails show up in your primary tab:

  1. You can add evanlaruffa@gmail.com to your contacts list, or
  2. In Gmail, you can drag any one of my messages to the Primary inbox. This is the most effective way to teach Gmail to deliver my future messages to your Primary tab.

As an aside, it was great to get a solid response to my offer from a few emails ago, & I’m excited to jump on a call with the first 3 people that responded.

More and more every day, I think about strategy. As in, how am I going to do what I want to do?

The what is fantastic, but the how determines whether or not it will work. I’m stoked to help a few of you get tactical about your projects.

Here’s to big things in 2016!

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Incredibly intentional

Incredibly intentional

I went and saw Quentin Tarantino’s newest film, The Hateful Eight at The Music Box Theatre for the second time in two weeks this evening. The film was shot in 70mm, a super wide, high resolution format that’s stunning.

I’m a big Tarantino fan, mostly because I admire how exacting he is. I marvel at the clarity of his visions, the detail, the language, the contrast, the dynamics.

Clocking in at just about 3 hours, it doesn’t feel long at all. Everything he included was needed and served the end product extremely well. It’s clear that every single element in the film was incredibly intentional.

Every shot was skillful.

The sound design was impeccable.

The lighting was uncanny.

The costumes were precise.

He was thinking about every detail when he made that film. And rightly so. It had been 4 years since his last film, which means he took his time.

My question is… how can we slow down enough so that our vocational and creative contributions are that accepted, strategic & valuable? 

I think it might have something to do with patience.

 

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Questions of measure

Questions of measure

No matter what we make, some people will like it and some people won’t. This applies to everything from art to public transportation.

For me, it’s been awesome to realize that when I’m both passionate about a project (creation) and am helping someone (service), I’m at my best.

The issue ends up being which questions are used to measure the results.

There are the creative questions…

Did I like making this? Am I happy with the end result? Did it turn out how I planned, and if not, is it cool anyway? Did I learn something or improve by doing more of that thing?

And then there are service questions…

How did it serve? Did people enjoy it, gain perspective from it, or feel supported by it? Did it help someone? Did it make a difference?

If the answer to the majority of those questions is YES, I tend to think we’re in the right place.

 

 

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