Some of the most influential people in history kept detailed journals of their lives. Those journals served two purposes: a permanent record for posterity, and cathartic release for the people writing them. Even if you don't think you need either, keeping a journal has benefits you can enjoy immediately. Here's why you might want to sit down regularly to jot down your thoughts.
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It's a little hard to focus these days. More weird, wild things happened this week than we would expect in a week (month?) of, say, 2015. If you have a creative job or hobby, how do you put the world's happenings out of your mind so you can settle in and create something amazing? Or do you embrace the emotions you're feeling, and feed that fear and anger and sadness into a sort of mental meat grinder that can turn them into something beautiful?
Commutes are frustrating because they make us feel like we don't have any control. You're either trapped on a bus or train, or trapped in a car crawling along the motorway. But if you focus on what you can control, your time heading to and from work can become the best, most enriching parts of your day.
It's tempting to check your email right when you get into the office, but it can mess with your work flow and eat into your creative time. Here's what we mean.
In our day to day, it can be hard to focus on the truly important things when everything seems important and to-do lists can be their own sort of hell. Instead of dealing with overwhelm, start by answering, "What would make today great?" to define the things that would make you happy that you did them.
We feel that time is precious, and we shouldn't waste it. We often try and fill the void with carefully-planned tasks. But turning down the volume on life can be extremely beneficial. We fight against boredom, distraction and procrastination all the time, but that doesn't mean you should get rid of them completely.
Lots of productivity methods are effective for lots of different people, but while you're considering a method, you should also consider what motivates you most to work (beyond the paycheck, that is). Are you motivated by results? Or do you find joy in the process? That will help you find — or remix — a method that works for you.
Alan Turing is one of history's first computer scientists. Not only was he a mathematician, logician, and cryptanalyst, he was also one of the most influential figures in the modelling of the first computer. You don't accomplish all that without some clever productivity tricks.
We often discuss the importance of taking breaks to be more productive, but the folks at PayScale have put together a great explanation for exactly why you shouldn't work more than 90 minutes at a time. It all has to do with our basic rest activity cycle.
Not every game is about winning. Amidst the rise in tabletop gaming, dozens of storytelling games have emerged that challenge you or your teammates to create entertaining stories instead of beating each other. If you want to hone your skills as a creative writer, these are an excellent way to start.
Playing tabletop RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder thankfully doesn't carry the same stigma it once did. That's great because as this TEDx talk explains, the game can do a lot to help you in real life.