notes on practicality
in work & life


Dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations. (2019). Oxford English Dictionary. [online]
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A mental martial art of effortless and smooth practicality in life and work, blending contemporary tools with proven time-served, productivity techniques.

D Griffiths (2020).
Made Up Definitions
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PRAGMATICS‘ is just a phrase I coined to encompass my foundation principles for:

  • Engineering a lifestyle of freedom
  • Freedom from the stress of the Productivity Myth
  • Freedom in creative expression for fun and profit
  • Personal satisfaction in learning and development

So the phrase is a catch-all description for what my Notes aim to help with. These are no utopian dream, rather they describe the practicalities and ethos of my own smug contentment. They’re autobiography, not self-help.

And they are tended as a digital garden. Never definitive, always growing, pruned & nurtured.

Nothing more.

My notes are shared with somebody specific in mind:

Probably, say, a forty-something? Certainly in a dead end job, or a moribund business. Where time moves like a glacier filled with frustration, disappointment and anger. Until another weekend flashes past in the blink of an eye.

But a person with a drive to act, to break through the feeling of a life slipping away un-lived. And yet pinned down by the inertia of self-doubt and a lack of pragmatic guidance. Plus, needing a swift kick in the arse every now and then!


Been there; I can relate!

But if that’s not your life, then your time is just far too valuable to waste on these notes.

Go make it count somewhere else …

My notes apply to life, business and creativity. They connect loosely, and offer the chance to browse, surf the links, and pick out nuggets. I try to make each of them an IOU return for you:

  • I owe you: thanks for checking out my stuff
  • I owe you: a return on your time investment
  • I owe you: the respect of making them Interesting Or Useful

New notes appear often, but not to a timetable. So cash in your IOUs by signing up below for new stuff notifications …


Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.

Albert Einsten

Just the facts, Ma’am, all we want are the facts.

Lt. Joe Friday, LAPD
Pragmatic Productivity & Creativity

Pragmatic Productivity & Creativity

Combining two productivity philosophies can be effective in gaining balance and mental calm with huge output. That’s what I’ve badged (just for ease of reference) as “Pragmatics” …

Output Productivity

Output Productivity

I use this term as a catch-all, phrase to denote anything that is produced as a result of ‘Pragmatics’. You’ll need it to achieve tangible stuff …

How To Avoid Resistance

How To Avoid Resistance

A key attribute of any productivity system is that of reducing resistance to the lowest possible level …

The Learning Cycle

The Learning Cycle

An efficient cycle of input and output which I’ve polished to work really well for me, and might give you an idea or two …

Busy Work

Busy Work

Crafting and maintaining beautifully intertwined threads of a productivity system can be, put quite simply, delusional …

The Productivity Myth

The Productivity Myth

It’s all too easy to get caught up in countless hours tinkering with a productivity “system”, rather than working on what that system is actually in place for …

A Mind Like Water

A Mind Like Water

Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water respond? The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm. It doesn’t overreact or under-react …

Who Can Pragmatics Help?

Who Can Pragmatics Help?

There are no limits to the range of people, for whom this philosophy can prove helpful. It has little to do with the person, or their station in life, or their broad objectives and core values …



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