Go through your scrapbook, Moleskine, Evernote every once in a while and cross patterns and connect the dots. Instead of doing more research, review the notes you’ve taken to date.
The big idea exists not in the next article you read but in how you tie together everything you’ve collected to date. What are the major themes and takeaways? More importantly, what are you going to do with that information to make it useful?
Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever, make. – Joss Whedon
Learning depends on your ability to synthesize information but also depends on your ability to recast information into something novel.
You may read the news to stay up-to-date on current events or to conduct research. You probably get your news from multiple sources including social networks, online newspapers/magazines, or blogs. The plethora of resources can be overwhelming.
But no matter where and how often you consume the news, the only thing that matters is how you end up using it. Part of the reason I blog is to make sense of the world around me. Nothing makes sense to me until I write it down and connect the dots.
“We cannot make good news out of bad practice.” – Edward R. Murrow
News is only so helpful as its application to the real world. If you're mostly a consumer today, I encourage you to use and remix what you discover and teach it back to other people. Apply the facts to experimentation.
We spend most of our lives at the office. That’s why it’s incredibly important that we really enjoy what we do.
Instead of focusing on work/life balance, focus on “weaving” the two together. Connect ideas from work projects to side-projects at home. Work is a laboratory where we can afford to experiment and learn from aggregate data.
Work is also a place where we become better communicators. If we can’t explain and justify things effectively to our co-workers chances are we can’t do it at home either.
At the same time, there are certain things we do at home that carry over into work. We want to rest, play, and feel healthy. More companies are allowing for meditation and 20% time at work.
Work/life balance is ultimately about flow. The flow of learning, loving, exercising, and having autonomy in the office and at home. Boredom and burnout are the enemies.
Work and life have to benefit each other. They both have to be meaningful. Who doesn't want to leave a dent in the world?