"I'm taking the cure so I can be quiet whenever I want."
Okay, so Elliott Smith didn't have the Apartment Therapy Eight Step Home Cure in mind when he penned those lines. Kudos anyhow to those who are joining the group cure, those--in Maxwell's words--"good people who want to reconnect to their home and all that it stands for: reconnection to self, friends and family."
As for me, I've lurked around here long enough to have a fair amount of feng schwing. Except for the slightly untamed id that manifests as a Closet of Doom, my home feels pretty sane and serene.
But the space between my ears is a bad neighborhood, and my digital life is messy in the extreme. There's probably less than one hour a day when I'm not reading something or looking at a screen or writing or listening or otherwise accepting input. My circuits are frying.
If you too need a cure for the noise in your head and on your broadband--all those projects, tasks, wish lists, concepts and widgets that are the kudzu of the mind--here are a couple of tried-and-true resources that might help:
- 43 Folders, Merlin Mann's excellent mashup of GTD and the Buddhist practice of mindfulness. The mind that lists is the Buddha's mind. There is no other.
- The Lifehacker procrastination thread. There are some interesting posts here on the intersection of physical and mental spaces, e.g.: "Clutter is delayed decisions."
- Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's Oblique Strategies, available both digitally and physically. These are a set of cards for finding detours for mental roadblocks.
Of course, if you're like me, what you really need is not more productivity pr0n, but a good old-fashioned offline weekend. Good luck with that.
Photo credit: Schemie Radge