The US political establishment

While I’ve enjoyed being excessively busy this week, the political fabric of the US unravels.

The two party system is crumbling.

Both parties have serious contenders whose platforms only vaguely resemble party orthodoxy. While it’s a change I whole heartedly support, it will take courage to see the process through. Let’s hope it stays civil and peaceful.

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Procrastinate and binge

I don’t count time management as one of my strengths. ‘Procrastinate and binge’ would best characterize my creative routines. That worked alright as a music student in university and when I was single and often had entire weekends of free time to fritter away.

Now, with a family including two young children and a career as an international elementary school teacher, free time is a precious commodity.

I have designs on writing a novel, articles for my teaching blog, documentation and reflection for my teaching portfolio, music, learning, etc. All of that adds up to a sizable cognitive load that won’t easily fill the tiny gaps between family and work. If I wish to accomplish any of my creative goals, I need to plan a routine to retrain myself to work more efficiently within a limited timetable.

I have the same number of hours in a day as Thomas Edison and JS Bach, so I know there is time if I can devise a system for using it.

The first step in this process was to input all of my ‘to dos’ into an app called Any.do. Some are daily tasks like writing a journal post, updating social media accounts, or organizing in Evernote. Some are weekly like checking in to a MOOC or publishing a blog post. Each day starts with about twenty five.

Next, I created a personal Google Form to log the number of ‘to dos’ remaining at the end of each day. Although up until now, I’ve mostly added new tasks to my list. It’s taking some time to get used to, but I can sense that I will start finding new ways to tick off boxes every day.

Between those two tools, I expect to find ways to build the kinds of creative habits that will lead to the creative flow I hope for.

February 21, 2016 at 11:22PM

The 21st Century Renaissance is classically inspired and technology empowered. #21cRenaissance

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I need a hobby.

Realized that I don’t do anything purely for fun. Must be a byproduct of being very serious about many aspirations.

I enjoy writing and making music, but they always feel like work.

Preferably something outdoors and with other people, my wife in particular. Golf comes to mind, or tennis. Hiking? Perhaps integrating photography? Gardening? Not in Tokyo. Maybe some form of making like pottery?

Suggestions welcome!

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February 20, 2016 at 11:57AM

The so called ‘two party system’ in US politics is a concept made and promoted by the two parties. Consider that for a moment.

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Flu day

I don’t have the flu, but there is a flu epidemic in Japan at the moment and my school leadership has decided to close the school on Monday in an attempt to prevent further infection. A very wise decision that I support on many levels.

We need to slow down. This culture of working through illness is partially to blame for illness in the first place! Sick people, stay home!

Fine, I’ll stay home for you. Not sad about it.

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February 16, 2016 at 09:05PM

Both of my sons are really into books right now. One likes reading. The other wants to eat them.

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