Even a very matter-of-fact telling of your day to day experience is a useful exercise to document what you’re doing and where you’re going. What you write informs your process too.
If people who are interested in what you’re doing look for you online what will they find? Imagine their delight if what they found were thoughtful articles about your area of interest.
If the idea of public publishing gives you the shivers, consider upping your note-taking game. There are any number of calls for “morning journaling” as a positive way to start your day. Keeping a journal can serve as a tool to examine what you’re doing more closely and thereby exposing things you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.
Gifts To Write With
In our 2020 Gift Guide we’ve rounded up our favorite tools to push your writing along. We added:
- The Artist’s Way: The perennial favorite for clearing the way for creative work. Author Julia Cameron encourages writing to clear out your head for more impactful work.
- Oblique Strategies: Musicians Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt created this set of cards, which present “over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas”. A collection of prompts made to shift the approach to a creative endeavor.
- Lined Notebooks: A portable, no-nonsense, generic notebook to keep your latest thoughts. We like the back pocket for miscellaneous papers, and both an elastic and a ribbon bookmark.
- Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Is your mind a little too active to concentrate on your writing? Easy enough. Here’s a very simple approach to zen meditation and mindfulness.
Mental Health At Work
CNBC shares 4 strategies on how you can communicate about mental health and stressors in the workplace. Having a space where employees can share is a good start.
Thankful For The Company We Keep
Thanking your colleagues and the organizations that support you is a perfect opportunity to connect again (without asking for anything).
Here are a few organizations that you may find useful because we’re sure thankful that they’re in our orbit.
- Amava: Starting January 3rd Next For Me editors will be commencing a live 6-week course based on our book “A Guide To Change For Everybody”. It’s on Amava, a new platform to “discover your next”. You can grab a gift-certificate now for yourself or a friend who’s on the move.
- Amazing Community: A community of women 45+ navigating the present and future of work together in this digital world. They offer smart resources for women in the workforce.
2020 Needs A Playlist
This has been such a ridiculous year. We’ve been staying sane with a steady stream of music that lifts us up. For Drew it was this slick version of Get Lucky, for Carole it was Stevie Wonder, and Jeff was all over the place.
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