“If you need to jumpstart your doing motivation, get moving. Stand up. Walk around your workspace. Put your ideas on sheets of paper and physically separate them in your space. Walk over to each idea and evaluate it separately. By getting up and moving, you shift yourself from a mode of deliberation to one of […]
Routines just work. Whether it’s exercise or leaving for work at the same time every day, we structure our lives around to-dos that put us on automatic. Stuff gets done, we’re generally happy for crossing them off the list, and then we move on and do them again. But routines stifle creativity. Staying open to […]
Paper is about control, allowing for manipulation of the hands, eyes, and pen. If you’ve ever had to send or read an important email, you should print out hard copies first. We’re much better at reading and editing on paper rather than a computer screen, even if it’s retina. Words just make more sense […]
“The opportunity of a lifetime is to pick yourself. Quit waiting to get picked; quit waiting for someone to give you permission; quit waiting for someone to say you are officially qualified and pick yourself. It doesn’t mean you have to be an entrepreneur or a freelancer, but it does mean you stand up and […]
I walk everywhere in the city. Any city. You see everything you need to see for a lifetime. Every emotion. Every condition. Every fashion. Every glory. Wonderful things happen when your brain is empty.
“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?”— Henry David Thoreau
One of the greatest myths of our time is that silence is golden. But complete silence will keep you from working effectively. It may even put you to sleep. J. K. Rowling left the solitude of her own home to write the Harry Potter series in a coffee shop amid the cacophony of people chatting […]
“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” — Duke Ellington