© Gaye Wilson 2007

I started this blog initially as a way for me to keep an online diary or journal of my various projects, noting how I do things, and ways I can make myself more productive. The name (and the quote under it) comes from a Lois McMaster Bujold science fiction novel (The Vor Game), where a character declares that the prudent person takes all paths to victory, in order to ensure that victory.

When I was discussing this with a colleague, she started to argue with me about the interpretation of that quote. She thought that taking all paths would be a waste of time, that changing direction would be a waste of time, or that this presupposes that you can’t change your mind and direction.

I disagree. I think, in this world of distractions and busyness, ensuring that all paths you take will lead to your goals is uberproductivity.

By this I mean that you should ensure that everything you do will lead you closer to your goal – your victory – whatever that is. I don’t mean that you should try something, then try something else, then something else, and expect to achieve anything other than scatteredness. By all means, try something, and if it doesn’t work after a jolly good go at it, try to achieve your goal in another way. Learn from your mistakes.

Another way to look at it is to use multiple approaches to accomplishing the one goal. For instance, learning a foreign language. Reading a grammar book will not teach you a new language in a hurry. If, on the other hand, you employ several different but complementary strategies, such as going to classes, using flash cards, taping vocabulary words all over the house, watching the news in the new language, speaking to native speakers in the new language, playing word games, reading children’s books in the new language, using foreign language software etc. etc., then you have a far better chance of learning to actually use the language than you will by reading a grammar book.

Do you see the difference?

What do you think?

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© Gaye Wilson 2007
Isn’t that the standard opening when starting a new blog? Something like Dear Diary, only available for millions of pairs of eyes instead of only one.

Welcome to All Paths To Victory!

 This blog will be thoughts on how to set and achieve goals, no matter what. It will talk about the various projects in my life, and how I get them done. It will look at various methods of ensuring that I achieve the goals I set for myself. It will talk about productivity, tools, mindset, planning, project management, time management, health, life balance and anything that is relevant to achieving goals.

My name is Gaye Wilson, and I am a professional life coach and editor.

As a coach, I specialise in coaching research students (at master’s and doctorate level, mostly) to finish their degrees quicker and easier. Typically, researchers come to me with all sorts of issues surrounding their candidature, plus life balance issues.

As an editor, I work with words to make sure they really say what the author meant to say. The type of work I do here includes editing for sense, grammar, spelling, punctuation and flow; proofreading the manuscript before publishing; indexing; and desktop publishing. Desktop publishing is an interesting term. It includes graphic design, layout, photo manipulation, illustration, research, writing and a whole heap of other stuff that leads to a final (usually printed) product. It can include books, brochures, websites, flyers, posters, wrapping paper, greeting cards, logos … the list goes on.

Anyway, this list was intended to show that I not only coach people on issues related to productivity, but that I am also involved in the production end of project management.

This is my very first blog, and my very first entry. I’m usually not very good at keeping a diary, so keeping an online one will be quite a challenge! I hope my blog will be useful to someone, and, if it is, that I get encouragement to keep writing.

More soon.