Saturday, December 01, 2007

Want to overcome "thinker's block"? Read on...

Scott Ginsberg, the nametag guy and owner of one of my favourite blogs, HELLO, my name is BLOG wrote an interesting piece of article on avoiding writer's block (which really is thinker's block) by creating a constant stream of ideas. This is what he suggests (I especially like how-to #1):

1. U NEED 2 READ EVERY DAY. This is the #1 reason people suffer from Thinker’s Block: they don’t read. (And no, US Weekly doesn’t count!) I’m talking about BOOKS. Old and new. Every single day. Also, I suggest reading more than one book at once. Keep reading material in your car, bathroom, briefcase, gym bag, desk and anywhere else you spend a lot of time. (AMEN!)

2. Copy your notes. Don’t just read; STUDY! Take copious notes. Write related ideas in the margins. When you’re done, re-copy your notes onto your computer. Store them in a folder called “Book Notes.” Revisit them regularly to refresh your melon. (Am already practising how-to #2)

3. Write everything down. Writing is the basis of all wealth. And if you don’t write it down, it never happened. That’s all I have to say about that.

4. Everything communicates something. But are you paying attention? Probably not. And yes, it’s hard. Especially in such a fast-paced society. So, remember the words of Ferris Bueller: “Life move pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while – you could miss it.” What does your hurried lifestyle make you miss out on?

5. Soften your eyes. Literally AND metaphorically. It’s about slowing down and noticing the novelties of life. It’s about being more mindful of your surroundings. Studying ordinary things intently. Are you making the mundane memorable?

For the rest of the 10 how-tos, please click
here. I hope you too will enjoy this write-up!