Monday, September 24, 2012

Take copious notes

Take copious notes.
Write down your thoughts, insights, and deeper intuitions.
We often ignore these because we think "oh, I could never forget that"
Later we can't remember
Pay attention to that little voice inside your head that's trying to tell you something.
Write down every inclination that you have, and don't ignore that small, intuitive voice because it seems impractical or irrelevant.
You never know when that out-of-the-blue idea is going to lead you to something far more valuable and useful.
~ from Accidental Creative Podcast: Creative Inversion

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Here's a talk where creativity researcher Teresa Amabile talks about keeping a daily diary and the benefits of tracking your progress: Track Your Small Wins to Motivate Big Accomplishments

She talks about using this online tool for daily tracking: iDoneThis, but that site costs money. A free alternative (with less features) is OhLife.

In 2008 I discovered the site/project 10Q, where every year in September, they ask you the same 10 questions. You reply online, then they lock your answers away in a vault until the next year. (It's not too late to join in for this year-- you have until September 26!)

Every year when 10Q emails me, I sigh. Like, "ugh, this again?" But I answer the questions anyway. And every year I'm so glad I did. I read back through my old answers and laugh at the things I was worried about. It's a wonderful exercise in documenting life!

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