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How To Stop Reading And Start *Doing*

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I like Eric's post's main point: Get a notebook.

A lot of research shows your brain sees writing differently than thinking or talking.

Writing forces you to organize and clarify your thoughts. You learn better when you write things down and are more likely to follow through.

So what should you be writing in this notebook?

Eric tells you:

The majority of my reading is done on a laptop.  All my notes are primarily in textfiles in a dropbox folder.  

Which is why I believe Dropbox and Evernote compete.

Even though no one at either company seems to believe this.

Writing down plans is important for happiness:

Write down what you’re looking forward to.

People who devote time to anticipating fun experiences are happier.

So at least once a week, make plans, write them down and when you need a boost, look at the great things you have coming up.

Read more:

How to Stop Reading and Start Doing!?  What is doing?  What is worth doing?  What is worth not doing? Had any of you REALLY stopped and drifted along in not doing?  Hah! How comically doubtful...

We tend to put a premium on getting things done, as if we were handed a huge checklist in life that we must address and tick off entries day by day if we're to earn any sense of self worth or social acceptance. 


My personal opinion is that we, here in the West, should impose upon ourselves a revitalized will to fight this now prevailing momentum of "getting more things done": we would profit more if we could seek to do much, much less.  Counterintuitive perhaps.

Well, at the very least, and without making peoples' heads explode and running Starbucks out of business, we might start by exercising our muscles and emotions of pure idleness once in awhile before they permanently cramp and cease to function.  Consider how long it now takes you to unwind on a vacation... how many days, or weeks, is that?  Shouldn't you have that finesse to relax to such depths within your grasp on a moments notice?  Ok, I'm done with the editorial cul de sac that the title of this Stash kicked me into, let's now talk writing as if it could encompass and satisfy both such needs of getting things done and the enjoyable art of idly cultivating how to do them better...

Writing is supremely important, especially done mechanically by hand the old fashioned way.  Aside from the neurological proofs one could research (link below) as to why it's better than tapping keys on a laptop, the more functional proofs can be found by simply experiencing the benefits after your own daily practice, in two observable shapes:

Learning acquisition

Skill exposition

You can address and pursue these gains as either purely cognitive or muscular, or both--all such benefits attend a careful practice of mechanical hand-writing, or as called and prized by ancient (and current master) martial artists, "brush calligraphy" (link below).  

Yes, you can write with an eye for content, ambition, cognitive purpose and refining your own angular momentum for accomplishment and grace, but the manner and method in which you choose to write is highly consequential in your progress and quality of outcomes.  Think on this and do not choose such considerations lightly.

Write.  And do your best to have fun along the way.  

That's all I'm giving out on the keyboard today, folks, but for these couple links that put my above offered presumptions into focus with greater depth and perhaps credibility.


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