This is not my bliss station.


I was sifting through my inbox this morning desperately searching for Matt Cheuvront’s excel-based goals doc that I just knew came from his blog, and that I always reference around this time of year for future-ish planning and came up absolutely empty. (Yes, I realize if I always referenced it, I should be able to find it BUT part of the reason is that it actually came from Chris Guillebeau’s blog, but the point is that I want to always reference it).

While I was sifting, I came across a link to a post from Austin Kleon’s blog from last year called The Bliss Station. In it, Kleon leads with this quote from Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth:

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.

The image you see above is not my bliss station. But it will be.

If you’re not a goal-maker or an inconsistent one (like me), this may be about the time of year your workspace starts feeling cluttered. Maybe it’s my cluttered inbox or my sad excuse for a bliss station but I want this picture to serve as the beginning. The before.

And here’s the doc, btw.


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