Think Small

Experiments with oblique strategies.

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Why Small ?

Divide and conquer.

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Note: It is tempting to add a secondary BIG thing to your list, I suggest you don’t, rather just write it down in the other list as a small experiment or secondary goal, once you are done with your main BIG thing, you can then add that one or another one.

Small Experiments.

Logistics

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And the BIG thing ? Big goals and projects usually start out on the right column (secondary projects/smaller experiments), and after a few successful experiments and a lot of planning end up being my main thing, as such they sometimes have a whole notebook or even a room and budget devoted to them, having a couple of pages devoted to them is usually enough to get started. Back to small experiments..

You are stuck.

Oblique Strategies.

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Where to get oblique strategies ?Buy them: The original onesMake your own : I started by writing down about 50 found around the web on half double sided index cards.Here's a few stolen from the wiki to get you started:- Use an old idea.
- State the problem in words as clearly as possible.
- Only one element of each kind.
- What would your closest friend do?
- What to increase? What to reduce?
- Are there sections? Consider transitions.
Note that while some are geared towards music composition, there's nothing stopping you from applying them to your specific problem, just replace the musical elements with whatever you are dealing with, people, food, technical problems, etc, etc.

Small experiments as a way of life.

Why should you trust me ? You shouldn’t ( caveat emptor ), I've tried to lay down here some organizational/goal setting methods, if what you are doing is working ( is it ? ) keep on doing it, maybe even write a post and let other know, if on the other hand you need to change and don't know how, I hope you give this and other methods a fair trial and then make up your own decision.

In closing,

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