Work is anything you want or need to be different than it already is.. Aristocrats do not strive. They have already arrived.. Flow is when the mind is clear and constructive things are happening.. Trying too hard sabotages speed. Trying becomes striving and striving undoes itself.. Water is what it is and does what it does. It doesn't overreact or underreact. It can overwhelm but is not overwhelmed. It can be still, but it is not impatient. It can be forced to change course, but it is not frustrating.. A tense muscle is a slow one.. Clearing the mind to be open and responsive is the key.. Anything that causes you to overreact can control you and often does. For example, responding inappropriately to your email will lead you to less effective results than you would like.. Operate with a mind like water.. Manage your actions.. Clarify upfront actions and next steps.. If it is on your mind, your mind isn’t clear.. Clarify what your commitment is and what you need to do to make progress toward fulfilling it.. Once you decide on the actions you need to take, you must keep reminders in a system you review regularly.. What problem is most distracting on my mind.. What needs to happen to mark the problem as done?. Write down the very next action you need to take to make progress.. Have a clear definition of the problem and the outcome desired.. Think enough to solidify the opportunity and the action required to deal with it.. Most thinking is of a problem, not about a solution.. Think about an outcome and an action.. Knowledge work has to be thought about. The task is not given. It has to be determined.. Most of the time the reason things are on your mind is because you want it to be different than it already is.. It is a waste of time and energy to think about something that you make no progress on.. Be careful of making a todo list of “stuff.” Things that are unclear.. Get in the habit of keeping nothing on your mind. Manage your actions. What you do with your time, information, body, and focus, are the real options to allocate your limited resources.. Manage and figure out the next action for all projects.. Projects seem overwhelming because you can’t do a project, you can only do actions to help make progress on the project.. Define what done means and what doing means.