A Hidden Life

Italian Chapel
July 2007

“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

last line of the novel Middlemarch (1871–72), written by George Eliot

TED: Laws of Simplicity


While watching a series of TED talks, I happened on John Maeda’s talk, which led me to The Laws of Simplicity (LOS), which led me to Todoist, which led me to Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret.

Too many links, but oh, what fun. Here’s some content from Todoist:

The Zen of Todoist

Now is better than later.
Later is better than never.
Organized is better than messy.
Big things are composed by smaller things.
Smaller things are done by action.
Think like a person of action.
Act like a person of thought.
The beginning is half of every action.
The longest journey starts with the first step.
Everything should be made as simple as possible.
But not simpler.
Celebrate any progress.
Don’t wait to get perfect.
Deadlines and stress are a part of life.