Notes on Thinking Models

Doing a little leisure reading on thinking models and taking notes here…

“If you only have one framework for thinking about the world, then you’ll try to fit every problem you face into that framework. When your set of mental models is limited, so is your potential for finding a solution.” James Clear

Problem Solving Strategy: The Inversion Technique.
This is also a method for teaching drawing.  The idea of flipping the problem on its end.  What would a really bad teacher look like?  What would a failed sales plan look like? What are obvious indicators of terrible art?   And considering strategies based on the outcome of that brainstorm.

The 2 Minute Rule
If it can be done in 2 minutes–do it now.
If it can’t.  And you don’t have plans for the next moment, spend 2 minutes starting it now.  The idea being that like a ball that has begun rolling down a hill, [you] will continue toward your goal and make progress to some degree.

Elimination before Optimization
“There is no code faster than no code.” Kelvin Henney
“Being busy is a form of laziness — lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.” Tim Ferris

The Eisenhower Box

25/5 Make a List of 25 Professional Goals and Circle 5
The 20 that you did not circle are going to be your top distractions, because you care about them.  BUT 25 is too many to accomplish, you lose focus.  Avoid those 20 like the plague.

Motion VS Action
Motion–planning healthy meals
Action–eating healthy meals

Motion–jotting down ideas for works that I want to create
Action–creating and publishing the books

This Guy has some interesting articles that might be good for students.

POOCH Model Problem Solving Chart

pooch is loaded with various models.  It is a little overwhelming to navigate their toolkit area and their own email request pops up like a bag of microwaved corn, but there are more models here for me to investigate in the future…when I have more patience for their website! lol.






Evolution of Value Study


Value Study


Swarm Sting

Standing next to an old open barn, full of curious contents. Were we on a farm? To the onlooker in the nearby window, peeping out or the silhouette in the dark, behind the fence–we were aliens, abducting an unsuspecting woman. She had met at least one farmer that night. I don’t know exactly what type of pine tree the bees were gathered in, but the sweet aroma was most assuredly alluring. I can see why the bees would want to be there. The truck lights and many hands make quick work of it. Jolt. Jolt. And thousands of winged wonders are boxed. Down the ladder and across the way, like a waitress balancing too many drinks. I might have inhaled all of the air as I watched the box wobble at the end of out reached arms. Woah. Woah. Woah. All good. We are in our 3rd year of beekeeping and I got my first sting. Two bees in the suit pocket where only my hands should be. I definitely cursed–a quick pinch! Not painful. I was stung through the thinner fabric within the pocket. An itchy whelp now exists where my boast of “no stings” had resided. Why did the bees insist on cramming themselves into the least convenient crevice in their 3 mile radius? Down the road. Home again. Stacked out in the darkness. They should do fine here. Exhausted, but feeling good about the day, it is time to retire. Upon disrobing-my downfall reveals itself- a delicate bottle of lemon oil–there was bee lure in my suit pocket. Apparently it worked for at least 2 bees.    

Mother Theresa to be named a Saint this Sept :)


Thank You!

Thank You! Please click the link to enjoy a free pdf of 25 Not Quiet a Mandala Coloring Pages for Adults

Comic Sans is the mullet of fonts. 

composition experiment–can I force a bulls eye and vertical composition together?

Artists See Things Differently: Old Abandoned Little House

It is a #mandala making kind of night. 


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