Time to pause and reflect and consider…
Time is short for me as I prepare to hang my 30 birds (see yesterday's post). But it's the end of the year (almost) and I have always found this a great time for reflection. I would like to call your attention to my post from December 22, 2008—Productivity: J. M. W. Turner.
I invite you to re-read (or read, if you're a new visitor to my blog) this piece which I originally shared on a list of my students in 2007. I think it will help remind you what it means to be productive, what it means to dive into your passion, what it means to work.
As you move into 2010 make it a WWTD (What Would Turner Do) year and find a way to balance process and productivity in your own life. Don't make resolutions you can't or won't keep. Take time to assess what your goals are and make a plan of action! Every goal can be broken down into component parts and those parts spread through your life in manageable bits—but only if you take some time to manage it.
While you are taking stock of your goals you might also look at Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Outliers: The Story of Success. Like the other successful individuals in Gladwell's book, Turner is a perfect example of 10,000 hours to mastery. Don't gulp, just get busy working.