Tuesday Tips: Focus Time, Break Time & Linchpin Time!

29 Mar

On his blog last Wednesday, Seth Godin asked: Are you making something?

Making something is work, says Godin and work is making something “that has a lasting value in the market.”

How much measurable work do you get done in a day? What do you make? Godin points out that “More and more, we’re finding it easy to get engaged with activities that feel like work, but aren’t.”

I can relate to this. I’m on the computer all day and often into the night but am I actually making more than comments and posting links of cool stuff I find on facebook?

Most of us use “the same device to do our work as we are to distract ourselves from our work,” says Godin.

The solution he suggests is to use one device for work, and a second for play, commenting, shopping–all those other activities you do on your computer and online that aren’t “real” work–where you’re not actually making something.

Sounds like a great idea to me, but I will be the first to admit that I doubt I will follow it.

What I am taking away from his blog post is the admonition to recognize the difference between actually making something on the computer and doing something on the computer. Starting today, starting now, I am going to challenge myself to spend more of my time and energy making “stuff” that I can actually “ship”–from a cleaner house to more writing.

I am also going to be clear about when I am making connections and supporting my community using social media and when I’m just piddling my day away. So, to once again quote Godin,

Go, make something. We need it!

PS Speaking of Godin, tonight is Linchpin night for Ventura area Linchpins! Learn more about Linchpins–the group and the book–here. The gathering is at 7pm at the Watermark on Chestnut and Main. I’ll have to miss it –I’ll be at the Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park where Danika Dinsmore is featuring and I’ll be reading in the open mic.


Be the first to like this post.

One Response to “Tuesday Tips: Focus Time, Break Time & Linchpin Time!”

  1. Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator March 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    So what did I make today? I remade my twitter bio from:

    A yogini cycling activist mama & writing coach, I teach college, love wine, attend Burning Man, seek Hot Springs & blog about that which engages my soul.

    Blogs: Art Predator|Wine Predator|BikergoGal|CompassionateRebel. Writing Coach|College Teacher. Mom|Yogini|Traveler|Cyclist prowls for that which engages souls.


    And so far 2 blog posts–this one and this one:

    And I will likely get one or two more written and posted before the day is through…

    (I also made it to yoga class!)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <pre> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>