Say No to 2016 Resolution Lists — Say Yes to Areas of Development
Jed Emerson

I’ve been an editor now for some 20 years. At some point, one of my mentors taught me to think in terms of both “head down editing,” which is basically about fixing the words on the page, and “head up” editing, which is basically about figuring out which words to put on the page in the first place. The former is basically a set of tasks; the latter is most often a series of conversations. I think task management is basically the head down editing of life — it’s how we fix the stuff that’s already there, in our thoughts, our work, our lives. But our lives need head up editing, too — big, wide open “conversations” that can lead to new meaning.

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