7 Ways To Unplug From Technology & Increase Your Creativity

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Creativity, Productivity | 2 comments

7 Ways To Unplug From Technology

Could you disconnect from the Internet for 10 days?

Tony Schwartz, the CEO of the Energy Project, decided to disconnect from the Internet for ten days.

This wasn’t the casual ‘I’m turning off Facebook for the next ten days, but I’m still checking Twitter and Tumblr and Pinterest and text messages and email every twenty minutes.’  No. Schwartz felt overworked and began planning a much needed vacation.

He decided to leave his laptop, iPad, and cell phone at home.

What did Schwartz think of his ten days away from Internet civilization?

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The Key to Productivity: 4 Steps to Laser-Like Focus

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Creativity, Productivity, Time Management | 6 comments

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“I object to intellect without discipline.”

Even if you’ve never seen an episode of Star Trek, you’re probably familiar with one of the show’s most famous characters: Mister Spock.

He’s the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer of the starship Enterprise. The highly-intelligent Vulcans dedicate their lives to mastering logic, learning everything they can, and suppressing their emotions.

Of course, Spock is just a fictional television character. No one can suppress their emotions as coolly as he does. Nor should anyone want to. Indeed, his crew mates, Captain Kirk and Doctor McCoy, continually try to prove to him that emotions are often just as important as logic when making decisions.

But from Spock we discover one of the keys to productivity and expertise: laser-like focus.

Read on for four steps to train yourself to think like a Vulcan so you can boost your productivity and allow your creativity to flourish.

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4 Reasons To Keep An Idea Journal

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Creativity, Inspiration, Productivity, Writing | 5 comments

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Habits of Highly Creative People:
The Idea Journal

Leonardo da Vinci. Marie Curie. 

Thomas Edison. Beatrix Potter.

What do all four of these people have in common?

Not only were they highly motivated and creative individuals, but they also all kept an idea journal.

An idea journal is quite different from a diary. You use an idea journal not to record all of the things that happened to you throughout the day, but to jot down daily goals, achievements, opinions, observations, or bits of inspiration. If you’re working on a project, you can fill the idea journal with updates on your progress, thoughts on how to improve the project, and anything else that motivates you.

A writer’s idea journal might be filled with ideas for stories or articles or blog posts (no need to fear writer’s block when you have an idea journal). An artist’s might contain sketches or inspirations for drawings. Ultimately, the idea journal exists as a private place to plant your ideas and watch them grow.

Here are four reasons why you should keep an idea journal.

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