One clear thought in the morning

Sometimes, when new information is particularly deep I have to sleep on it. I’ve learned to depend on the value of what I call my “one clear thought” in the morning. It pops up before I even get out of bed. But I do have to listen for it. Yesterday’s call was full of the kind of information I had to sleep on.

The whole concept of coaching my own business instead of just my clients is pretty fascinating and so easy to forget about in the day to day “doing” of the work.

But from yesterday’s call, what I think will be the most useful in the building of my business is the one about “Be a Google.”

I’m working on a book and website about revising your organization’s bylaws. (Yea, I know EVERYONE thinks that’s boring. But I’ve learned that if you strip the legalese from the project, it can be really fascinating!) But I digress.

There isn’t a lot of information out there about the process of building them. (Yep, lots of templates, not so much about what you’re building) Many sites I’ve found are definitely worth sharing with others and will, for sure, make build my presence. I know if I make my customers smarter, they will come back.

My friend Andrea said:

“Problems exist in the absence of conversation.”

Now that’s powerful!

I can build that conversation with a blog. I want to help people solve their organizational problems.

And if I am who I am (even if I’m not Popeye) they will want to do business with me. (And if they don’t, then someone else can have ’em).

I also know that more smarter people in the world can not be a bad thing!

Time just slipping away?

Time management and prioritizing are two issues that many of my clients share. I’ve got two tips for your consideration:

I’ve got five things ToDo on my list

Yea, I can pick the most important one.. but the others sometimes mush together. Here’s a little application that helps you sort through which of the five things on your list really IS the most important. You list the five things and then choose which one is more important a given “other one. In the end, it spits out your ordered list. Check it out.

A different perspective

The other idea is about looking with a different perspective at managing your work schedule. Traditionally, people advise blocking out time each day for the big project.

My prime work time is from 10 am til 2 pm. So I’ll work on the Johnson report today until it’s finished. I’ll worry about the Fredericks report next. Or you block all the computer jobs together. It’s a very linear way of approaching tasks. And perhaps it works well for very linear people, which, of course, I am not.

In time striping you look at a week at a time. I started to write an explaination, but it’s already so clear at So what’s the point? Check it out.

Deciding when the options are few

I had a comment from Taylor Davidson about waiting to make decisions. (Thanks for the nudge, Taylor) and it got me thinking about when fewer choices can actually be a nudge to creativity.

Years ago some friends and I put together a big art show in honor of the return of Haley’s Comet. We were lucky to get space in the Maryland Science Center in the entrance room to the planetarium.

In order to have some kind of unity in the show we decided that all the submissions would be framed in the same 15×15 contrast gray Nielson frame.  And the mat colors could be black, gray or navy blue (as I remember).  If an artist wanted to produce a piece bigger than 15×15 they could do it but only in the standard sizes.  I did a piece that was made up of four blocks in a line.  Someone else did one in a four square.

We hung the show in a sort of checker board fashion but with some blanks spaces in the over all final display.  Sorry to say, I don’t have any pictures of the final show.

Some people complained that they couldn’t possibly work in that specific size, but others rose to the challenge.  In particular Mary Klotz tried out an experimental triaxial weaving technique. Not only did she sell the piece, but she went on to be a well respected expert on the process and sold several large scale pieces made in with that technique.  It led, in turn, to her construction of labyrinths and even corn mazes!

Not bad for a test case in a small square.

Just goes to show, sometimes fewer choices can be a very good thing.