A late-afternoon some weeks ago, newly home from physical therapy, I was just getting back to my dissertation, cup of coffee to my right, iMac front-and-center, Calderón play to my left, when the fire alarm went off. Burnt popcorn again, I grumbled to myself. But I threw my iPad in my backpack and grabbed my TimeMachine computer backup as […]Read more "Beginning Anew: One at a Time"
As my ninth grade math teacher Mr. Grabb remarked with suppressed excitement, “New year, new rag!” And then, enacting a ritual I can only assume was annual, he threw out the rag that played an integral role in class and brought out a new one. You see, the rag was employed to wipe out his black and red […]Read more "New Year, New Rag!"
Spacial Savvy It happens every few months: I return from a trip to New York City with my greenish-brown suitcase full of all kinds of things: clothing, papers, books, spare keys, jewelry, and power cords. I pull out the most urgent items immediately: the power cords for my computer and my other devices. I hang […]Read more "The Secret to Progress: One Thing At a Time"
Thanksgiving is a tricky time, here in the universe of the 1-and-1-and-1 Plan. It involves a lot of travel, a lot of relatives, and a two-week visit in which my base changes from Philadelphia to New York City. There is a great deal for which to be thankful: first is the abundance of relatives who […]Read more "Confronting Change: Rolling With the Punches"
Remember when I said that the 1-and-1-and-1 Plan was a repository for all sorts of information? Most of the information is incidental. Some of it is the yield of tasks: you call the electric company to pay the bill (Business) and they give you a confirmation number or you go to the dentist (Health) and she tells you to […]Read more "Stepping Stones: The Plan As a Tracking Tool"
The Site of the Problem Every time I take out Chapter 2 of my literature dissertation I seem to fail. I am writing about Judah Maccabee, my warrior hero, a man who fights guerrilla (not orangutan) warfare from the hills around Jerusalem, outnumbered and unequipped against the Seleucid Greco-Assyrians. And Judah does anything but fail. The burden has […]Read more "A Case Study: the Warrior"
Your Ones, Determined You are at the point where you have your Ones, your categories. Maybe you, like me, have a bunch of them, ranging say, from Exercise to Reading to Teaching Preparation. And you’re using the 1-and-1-and-1 Plan, writing down tasks in your Book that fulfill those Ones like “do the theraband exercises,” “read one chapter in Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad (One-Hundred Years of Solitude), and […]Read more "A Headful of Tasks: Drawing From the Well"