Guess what? Your mind still works even when it’s doing nothing. The reason great ideas come to you in the shower is that your brain’s bored and relaxed.
If you want to shake out even more ideas, therefore, it behooves you to disconnect more often. Instead of wasting cognitive energy at screens, just sit there with no stimulation other than a pen and pad.
Author Neil Gaiman says the only inspiration you need to write a book is absolute boredom. You’ll be amazed on how the ideas start to connect when you decide to do nothing, unmoored from the stickiness of technology.
Taking your foot off the gas in the pursuit of dullness takes deliberate practice. You’ve been trained to do a lot more with continuous partial attention, but at the cost of engaging deeply on one particular task.
Busyness often gets confused with checking email, swiping left and right, and other screen-obsessed habits that never let you get out of your own head. Once you’re more mindful of how you spend your waking time, you’ll start to appreciating moments of unexcitement. Magic happens in an “unexpected state.”
Everyone should blog. You do not have to publish 500 words a day. You do not even need to post at all. In fact, writing comes easier when you can write for yourself, in private.
Use a smartphone journal like the Day One app or the ever popular Morning Pages Journal where you write by hand. When it comes to blogging effectively, you have to be a little vulnerable. Don’t tell all but don’t hide everything either, especially if your advice will benefit the lives of other people.
“It’s all about having a meaningful presence and how you work your way to make it happen, to leave a legacy behind, to share your thoughts and ideas others can learn from just like you do yourself with other people’s vs. pretending to be who you are not…Just be yourself with your own thoughts and share them along! It is what we all care for, eventually. The rest is just noise.”
People like to say blogging is dead. But not only are new platforms emerging like Medium, but blogging is just writing. Words will always be a powerful way to say something meaningful, whether it is in print, online, graffiti, or the walls of a cave.
I started this blog so I could show the world what interests me. It is no surprise that what you read here is information I learned from other blogs. In other words, blogging acts like a canvass where you synthesize, remix and interpret in your words. Above all, blogging is free, what Seth Godin calls “the last great online bargain.” Blogging gives you a voice, and it is an excellent incentive to think in a world that just wants us to consume.
Blogging is a bicep curl for the brain. Write daily, and practice the art of conviction.
“When things get tough, make good art. Make it on the bad days. Make it the good days too.”
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