The Thinking Mindset vs. The Doing Mindset: Pick One (And Only One)

“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 […]

Find a Different Routine

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 […]

Pen & Paper, Still Useful

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 […]

Pick Yourself

“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 […]

Want to focus? Seek ambient sound

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 […]

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