Sacred Space: Keep tool kit at the ready, so when inspiration strikes there is no delay, excuse or hinderance between you, your thought and its realization.
Always be Knolling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knoll_(verb) Knoll: vb. (1989 USA) to arrange like objects in a parallel or 90 degree angle as a method of organization
Keep a list. Your list is your past and your future. Carry at all times. Prioritize: today, this week, and eventually. You will someday die with items still on your list. But for now, while you live, your list helps prioritize what can be done in your limited time.
Work to code. Do not innovate! Slowly develop new ideas built on a pre-existing language. Creativity is the enemy, and the road to caprice. Invent because you must. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
Sent does not mean received. Just because you sent it does not mean it was received. Always get a receipt and when practical confirm receipt of item with intended recipient. Without a receipt your actions cannot be proved, without a receipt you don’t exist. The more concrete the method of communication, the more authority it holds. The reverse is also true - which is useful when weaseling. What you say sometimes is not what is heard. What you hear sometimes is not what is being said. If you have doubts, confirm that the other understands your intentions by insisting politely that the instructions are repeated back to you and redacted. When receiving instructions, refer to bullet 6: “I understand.” If this seems patronizing, weigh it against the consequences of an effort. It’s not the action that counts but the result of that action.
Feedback. A good computer will give you a click, vibrate or display that it has received your command. “I understand”means: I have heard and understand all of your statement. It’s a confirmation that the instructions are clear. Conversely, “don’t understand” means clarification is requested. No response means: something is wrong with the system. Silence = death. Acknowledgment is empathy. The slightest nod, grunt or polite interruption indicates that you have received and understood the information.
Finding lost things. Rule #1: Believe you will find it. Rule #2: Knoll your space, clean everything. 90% of all lost things are found when cleaning. Rule #3: Relax. Trust your ears + mind. Don’t limit your perceptual experience. Use this as an opportunity to develop your intuition. What have you left to lose?
Reset. At the end of the day. Knoll your workspace, sweep and empty trash, pre-set your work station with something pleasurable to complete. Begin your day with a sense of accomplishment. Resist ending the day unresolved. Solve tough problems first. See #9.
Procrastinate. If at first you don’t succeed, give up immediately. Move on to some other task until that becomes unbearable, then move on again circling back around to the first problem. By now, your subconscious will have worked on it, sort of like sleep, only cheaper.
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. - Ray Kocc