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Old 07-31-2020, 12:04 AM   #101
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Where is Squarepegguy when I need him? I'm having trouble getting a photo for the cover with enough resolution. Sound familiar? A friend offered to design the cover. Very cool. The downloads from Creative Commons all come out as jpgs. I need higher resolution. I need to know what my designer friend wants to work with. Then I need to get in touch with the photographer and ask for a high-res photo. I don't want to bother the photographer and then not use his/her photo. It's nothing that can't be resolved. And I'm lucky to have these resources available. An embarrassment of riches actually. Anyway, the cover work has been one surprise after another - some good some bad.
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Old 07-31-2020, 11:11 AM   #102
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Delightful, you've laid out your steps. I appreciate that you're holding off getting to the photographer till you feel confident you can use what you ask for.

Today: office hours from 9 am to about 2 pm. Watching for some confirming emails and thinking how to promote my playshop in 2.5 weeks.

Breathing after a crazy run of hard work, medical issues, projects finishing, and continued grief with covid losses, invaded cities, … and it just goes on.

I guess when you can't catch a break you have to claim one.

Happy weekending everyone.
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:52 AM   #103
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Welcome to August.

Getting things done is hard work. Doing them well is even harder. We learn and lean on one another to slog through from putting it on a list, the too-long middle, and on to the finish line. We celebrate crossing the finish line.

Everyone is welcome. Focus on whatever time horizon you feel works. I just finished reading Superforecasting by Philip Tetlock. One of the people he quoted said that when he was approached by a direct report with an idea he'd ask for a time estimate to completion then mentally doubled that and move up a unit. So, if I approached him and said something would take a week, he'd double it to two weeks, and go up a unit and expect it to take 2 months!

Even if we're all that far off the mark, we do eventually finish things.

Formulas? There are no set formulas, we're trying to get things done! (my cover of a quote from Thomas Edison).

Take it up a little bit a day. Share it, report progress, complain, keep at it, get near the finish and complain even more about how hard it is to close out, finish, celebrate, rest.

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Old 08-02-2020, 06:54 PM   #104
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I'm afraid your time frame is right on, or even a little optimistic. Things I think I should get done in two months take about four years, and then some.

At the moment, the book cover is going well. My designer friend suggested I try iStock and I found a lot of good photos there. I have to pay for the photo, but not enough to make me hesitate. I found about twenty that I like. I culled it down to about ten, and emailed copies of the photos to my friend. So now, the ball is in her court and I have to wait.

On a way less cheerful note: A friend told me she was done - she was done interacting with humans. I didn't say the right things. I didn't know what to say.
I get depression. My answer to depression is to get exercise, see people, and get out of the house. All of this is made more difficult with COVID. I've been concentrating on myself, getting myself out when I start to get twitchy or down. And I haven't considered that other people might be having a tougher time than I am.
In response to my friend's statement, I wrote her a note saying sorry if I wasn't paying attention; I called a friend whom I haven't talked to in a while, and I wrote a comment in a neighborhood chat - "if you want to help get our schools, businesses and churches open, practice social distancing. This comment is designed for those who don't believe the threat is real.

That's three positive steps.

Next step - I'm leaving the computer and I'm going to water my garden.

Good luck, good wishes, good stepping.
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Old 08-05-2020, 01:50 PM   #105
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I assume you're working your tail off, Revu2. Me too. I've been editing, typing, proofing, emailing, like mad. An experience I haven't had in quite a while. At the moment, everything is working.
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Old 08-06-2020, 12:03 PM   #106
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Working tail off? Not much right now, but always plenty to do.

Today I'm commenting on the challenge mindset that someone just "discovered." Like grit and growth mindset, and the Americas, it was here all along and people were already inhabitants.

Anyway, it's fun to see research document what anyone who attends might notice. This from the Institute for Competitive Sciences:
What is this Challenge Versus Threat Business Really?
Put simply, the Challenge Mindset (or gain orientation) is when we view a stressful or competitive situation as an opportunity to increase our set of resources, while a Threat Mindset is when that stressful situation is viewed as an opportunity in which we may lose some of our already existing resources.
In my life, I played around with compound interest calculators and found that with just half of one percent—.5% or .005—of gain each time I did something, in a 140 iterations I'm twice as good as I was at the start. What this does is reminds me to cheer my 'small' improvements along the way. For example, I check in to PC frequently and go directly to my subscriptions page. I don't need the email notifications. One improvement was to adjust my general notifications setting. Probably helped but still get too many in my inbox. Next small tweak is to make sure that box is empty after I finish this note.

What this does is reduce the clutter a bit in my email inbox for, oh, let's say half of one percent.

My traffic yellow painting work interrupted due to rains today. Two days off. After the recycling is hauled away and if it's sunny, I'll tackle it tomorrow.

Using the time to map out how to apply for a new consultant's roster.

To the challenges,
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Old 08-09-2020, 12:58 AM   #107
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None too busy, so busy finds me. Today managed to get to 3 hardware before I found an acceptable combo lock for our garbage dumpster. Walking and buses.

Fatigued? Sure, but it's not time to rest.

Because I then stood in line to buy stuff at the Farmers Market. Then back home, rest at last for a few minutes. But I got up and continued to paint the yellow traffic paint on the entrance to our garage. More painting tomorrow.

It's been fun to see my hafapercent insights stack up. I once was a "professional painter" meaning I got paid for it (not much) for a few weeks. Remember a lot: keep the roller and brushes moist by sprinkling water on them and wrapping in saranwrap to store overnight. Work everyday if you can so the brushes are renewed. Line the tray with plastic. Punch holes in the inside of the paint can inner lid so excess paint can drip back in the can.

Now I invented something. I have a set of plastic 4 x 4 food storage containers. About $2.50 for 4, I think. Lined the bottom with plastic and stretched and taped down saranwrap across the top. Then I punched two holes near opposite corners of the lid, one to drip out paint, the other for air. Filled this with paint. One hand held the brush or roller and the other this dripper thing. This saves so much time because I don't have to keep refilling my small tray or reach for more paint, I just drip and roll.

Just checked, there are some products that store paint in a bottle/handle. $18. my DIY system costs maybe 90˘, at the most, 95% cheaper.

I'll try not to spend it all in one place.
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HI,
Interesting stuff. I think the challenge turns into a threat - for me - when I don't think I have the energy, resources, of ability to meet it. Resources usually means friends or relatives who know what I want to know. (Barbara Sher's influence - share knowledge and abilities.) - example I have to use KDP's template. Their chapter numbers stop at ten. When I added chapters, the first nine chapters moved. My son-in-law told me to right-click to open a new cell. Simple, but I didn't think of it. I'd probably been taught that thirty years ago, but . . .
I enjoyed reading about the painting. I love painting (never did it for a living, but paint a lot for myself.) And I've always made a drippy mess. I had figured out a couple of your hints, but not the hole-punching or lining the tray with Saran Wrap. So thanks. I have a fence that needs to be waterproofed, and I've been putting it off.

For today - I'll try to get the table of contents finished. I have to add the page numbers, and it's a bit different, but I think the same principle applies. Then - a couple of emails, more proofreading, more work in the garden, a load of laundry, and I can goof off shamelessly.

I love the feeling of stepping when I accomplish things. And I hate the feeling of trying to step and being stopped. I'll bet that's what stops a lot of scanners. Maybe that's not fair; I can't look into their heads.
Okay, off to work. Hi, ho, hi, ho . . .
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. . . trying to step and being stopped - case in point. It took me an hour and half today to get the table of contents written. I spent at least an hour on it yesterday - probably a lot longer. And another hour the day before that. That's the stuff that stops me. Today, I tried several approaches. I finally got all the chapters and pages entered - and found nine pages of empty tables below what I had entered. It was kinda funny, actually. Eventually figured out how to delete the empty pages. Had I just entered the chapters without using the table setup it would have taken me a half hour at the very most. Oh, I still haven't double-checked that the numbers are correct.
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Why or why is it so hard for apps to get TOC right? I totally get the frustration. In one of the prior WORD versions the trick was something like place .c. in from of the heading and it would catch it and place it in the TOC. When I finally got that to work, you guessed it, we "upgraded" and had to start all over.

Finished the painting I needed to do today. Next up: the steps. Going to go with 6 inch bars right at the edge. That's all that's needed to get up them in the dark. I have a call from 1:30 to 3 and another from 4:45 on. I'll see how much I can do in an hour. I'd rather not miss a day so the roller and brush stay moist.

Getting an idea of some type of stamp or sheet with paint, 6 x 3 or 4 inches and folder or 90° in the middle. I can sense the material but don't know if anything like it exist in real life, yet.

Or, a thin cardboard stencil that I can use on several steps. It'll be easier to paint leaning up the steps, I so should start at the top and work my way down.

Thanks, for lending your ears, PsychCentral. Anyone lurkers have steps they are wanting to take?
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