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Core Wisdom for Effective Action

Core Wisdom for Effective Action

Eight men pushing the Towhee tiny house on wheels into place on a residential plot in Malibu California. Photo by Paprika Clark, 2011.

This is a round up of several of the most pithy but powerful bits of guidance I use as touchstones when I’m feeling stuck, gathered from many sources.

Be meticulous with your word. Don’t take anything personally.

Never make assumptions. Always do your best.

-from The Four Agreements, Don Miguel de Ruiz

Treat others as you would be treated; some rules are meant to be broken, but never this golden rule.

Seek to know yourself as deeply and be yourself as fully as possible.

Question everything; turn things over and inside out to see all sides.

Remember everything is more complex and challenging from the inside than it seems from outside.

Points of common wisdom usually have merit and apply in most situations;
when defying common wisdom, know the pitfalls and have a plan for transforming them.

Recognize multitasking as seductive, but not effective. Keep it simple and streamlined [KISS].


Set SMART goals:
Specific – Measurable – Attainable/Actionable – Relevant/Realistic – Timely/Time Bound


Getting Things Done (GTD) in a Nutshell
1 | Capture everything.
To-dos, ideas, recurring tasks, everything. Put it in whatever you prefer to get organized.

2 | Clarify the things you have to do.
Don’t write down “Plan vacation” – break it into steps so there are no barriers to action.

3 | Organize those actionable items by category and priority.
Assign due dates where you can, and set reminders so you follow up on them.

4 | Reflect on your to-do list.
Look at your to-dos for your next action. Items you can’t pick up and run with? Break it down.
Give your to-do list an in-depth review periodically. Is it working for you? Adjust.

5 | Engage and get to work.
Choose your next action and get to it.

-abridged from Getting Things Done, by David Allen

When the way forward is unclear, ask yourself: what do I want most? What do I have on desire?

-abridged from Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, by Regena Thomashauer

Paprika Clark

I’m a lifelong student of language, art, and human nature: an ENFP Aries Fire Dragon Sex Positive Intersectional Feminist Independent. Join me as I feel my way through this. If you have any questions, send them my way - as far as I'm concerned, every day is an Ask Me Anything.

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