The Notes on the Wall (or How to Stay on Task at the Computer)

by Lisa Call on October 28, 2012

in Being an Artist

Notes on my Wall

What is the Priority?

I tend to put quotes that I like on my wall near my computer. They help to remind me to stay focused and present.

I’m not sure why my brain wants to drift off to facebook (okay – I do know – it’s a Pavlovian response – I write something – I get a response – we salivate for the attention).

Anyway – I hope to remind myself to stay off of social networking and instead stay focused on what matters most to me.

I tell my students that instead of saying what their priority is they should instead count up how many hours they spend on each activity – whatever comes out on top week after week is their priority.

If they don’t like the outcome of that exercise, the solution is to change their actions so they better match their goals.

My notes are my attempt at keeping my actions in line with my intention while I’m at my computer.

On My Wall

This is what is on my wall these days:

Life Life as a Daring Adventure




Learning how to Tell the Truth


Tell a Story


Circumstance does not make a man,
it reveals him to himself.


“A dream not followed by consistent action,
however humble or small the actions may be,
points to either a huge contradiction
or a gigantic misunderstanding”


Between stimulus and response,
there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose …
… our response
… our growth
… our freedom


Here are the top 10 ways people give away their power:

1. Asking others what they should do.
2. Thinking God decides who gets what.
3. Worrying about how their dream will come true.
4. Thinking they have dues to pay.
5. Attaching to unimportant details and outcomes.
6. Failing to forgive.
7. Thinking karma or spiritual contracts are absolute.
8. Fear of anything, especially falling in love.
9. Waiting for their ducks to line up before acting.
10. Choosing to be unhappy.

Understand the truth, little bird, and you will soar.

To be happy or not is always a choice


I think the last 3 of these are Notes from the Universe.

What’s on Your Wall?



Wholly Jeanne October 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Love this post! This is what’s been on my wall since dirt was invented: Discipline is remembering what you want.

Lisa Call October 29, 2012 at 6:42 am

Jeanne – I used to have that on my wall! I’ve just readded it.

Its brilliant.


Morna Crites-Moore October 29, 2012 at 12:44 am

Yet another post from Lisa which speaks so directly to me – except for the photo of that ridiculously neat wall! :-) I’ll have to show you a picture of my wall – it may horrify you, but that’s okay – it is Halloween, after all.

I will be adding that list of ten to my favorite quotes.


Lisa Call October 29, 2012 at 6:45 am

Morna – my OCD at it’s finest :):) ha. Don’t be comparing my neatness to your chaos in a bad way! We all do what works for us.

(that top 10 list is good – I love notes from the universe)


Cindy October 29, 2012 at 5:29 am

Lisa, you always, always, always write something relevant and useful. Having only the first few hours of today, “scheduled”, this post will be my reminder to stay on track with my priorities for the day, starting now. Ten minutes on the computer with my coffee, ten minutes, tops, promise…….

I have a steady stream of quotes that catch my eye. If I leave one up too long, I stop seeing it. My most recent wall quote….

“Stop waiting for things to happen. Go out and make them happen”

Lisa Call October 29, 2012 at 6:47 am

Cindy –

I agree – I take everything done every once in a while and reorganize. A few favorites seem to reappear often.

I like your quote – it goes perfectly with #9 on the 10 ways we give away our power: 9. Waiting for their ducks to line up before acting.

Our ducks don’t have to be in a row to make things happen. We just need to get in there and DO STUFF!


Alyson B. Stanfield October 31, 2012 at 7:46 am

“People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.” – Simon Sinek

“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” – fortune cookie

magnet: “Listen closely: The inner critic is incompetent – Twin Pixie Studios”

“And here I am in Colorado! I kept thinking gleefully. Damn! Damn! Damn! I’m making it!” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road (picked up at exhibit at Denver Art Museum)

Lisa Call November 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

I like these Alyson – especially that first one – it’s good to remember!

And love the Kerouac also – we are most fortune to be here in Colorado!!

Cheryl lynch October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

Love these quotes and how you make my brain exercise. Out of the top ten, the one that speaks to me the most is #6. Starting with the Jewish New Year, I have decided to make an effort to forgive and not hold a grudge. It has freed my sometimes obsessive thoughts to be open for creativity.
On my wall: Does anal retentive have a hyphen?

Lisa Call November 6, 2012 at 11:29 am


#6 is a good one. Forgiveness isn’t easy but it is absolutely freeing!

Love that quote on your wall – ha!


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