Baumeister (engl. master builder)– my word for 2020
This is based on the wonderful Choose One Word course by Dr. Jason Fox. It's about finding new roles for our own emerging future.
To be a Baumeister is to be a master builder
Envision the builder of a majestic cathedral. There were many before this Baumeister and many will follow after him. He knows about his influence and responsibility and it makes him proud to be part of something bigger than himself.
For me, the cathedral becomes a metaphor for my body of work.
The Baumeister combines his many talents and skills to advance the work step by step. He is a work master (magister operis).
He is driven by productive passion. The cathedral is build stone by stone, every day, through hard labor. He's fully engaged in the construction work; driving it forward. Not only with his conceptual skills (architecture), but also through his pragmatic approach, ingenuity, business savviness, and network. He enjoys the results at the end of each day, knowing it all adds up. The Baumeister is fully dedicated to his work.
He is a strong collaborator, sharing the work and celebrating each construction stage with the team. He's a social guy, meeting at the local pub for an after work beer. He is part of the community and contributes to it.
The Baumeister knows how to apply his energy in an efficient, sustainable way. He focuses on what matters and plans for recovery after intense phases. Sometimes, he works alone, immersed into his concepts, often amidst others, orchestrating the cathedral work.
Between passionate work, the Baumeister replenishes through leisure activities. He follows a steady daily rhythm and avoids feeling time-poor.
- 1. Practice cathedral thinking and doing
- 2. Focus on the cathedral – nothing is more important
- 3. Show and spread the magnificence of the cathedral!
If you’re building an archway, the keystone keeps the whole thing together. Similarly, keystone habits (Charles Duhigg) set good things in motion. They create a good rhythm for us to be in. Keystone habits should be as practical and mundane as possible; they need to be easily sustained. Mine are:
- - Start the day early. Go to bed when you're done
- - Work on the three most important cathedral tasks first and foremost each day
- - Do a weekly planning session (Sunday evening)
- - Do a daily review after each day’s work
- - Finish work and reveal new parts of the cathedral to the public regularly
- - Replenish after each work day: 2x exercise/week, take walks, reflect & read good stuff
- - Build my external assistant brain (Zettelkasten) with regular notes
How the Baumeister shows up in the world
How to wear the Baumeister persona in the face of others with amplified authenticity. The role I play in the infinite game we play together:
- Hands-on and energetic
- Burning for action and results
- Focused on the meaningful task that make a difference
- Patiently building stuff brick by brick
- Excited and full of praise for the work
- Optimistic realist, dreaming of the cathedral
- Celebrates success and failures alike
- Curious learner of all things helpful
Projects have a finite quality; a clear deadline. Some of the projects I want to embark on:
- - Simple, maintainable online presence (this website)
- - 20 in 2020: 20 blog posts, articles, interviews, conference talks during this year, each shared with 3+ friends
- - Publish a small tabletop roleplay adventure or setting
- - Publish and talk about my point of view on reslient futures