The anti-to-do list

Our first Creative Workout Group has wrapped up, and I am sad to see it end. (But I am excited for another round to start next week!)

We ended by coming up with alternatives to the dreaded to-do list, which included:

  • The trail map timeline: come up with a KEY for your project and mark the time-trail on the page (preferably with crayons)
  • The visual icon / talisman board: track your project through symbols and containers for relevant objects (hard to describe but highly inspiring)
  • Brian Eno’s oblique strategies: make a set of cards with the things you have to do, and draw one at random. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this idea.
  • The don’t-do list (the jury is out on whether or not this would work): make a list of what you do not want to do, and don’t do it (or if you’re a born rebel, do it).

We also reflected on what we discovered together, including our academy of critics — not included on this list below is a late addition, and one of my personal favorites, the Iconoclast Curator (he is very concerned as to your status as an original thinker and whether or not you are HOT SHIT):


…and our crack team of champions:



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