Take 5 #3 – These Inspiring Ideas

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June is already here which means almost half of the year has already passed by! This month’s Take 5 topic is focused on useful strategies and inspiring ideas that I discovered through various sources. I found some through fellow bloggers here on WordPress some time ago (but hadn’t bookmarked the original posts unfortunately) so I’m just sharing their amazing finds. You may or may not have heard of these ideas already.

1. The One-Day Contract – I found this through a fellow blogger’s post. This is a great tool for all of us who think we’ll work on achieving our goals someday, just not right now. The book The One-Day Contract: How To Add Value To Every Minute Of Your Life was written by Rick Pitino (with Eric Crawford), a famous basketball coach who led his team to the NCCA basketball championship in 2013. The basic idea is to draw up a contract with yourself in the morning highlighting all the tasks you have to achieve during the day and to sign it at the bottom. The key is to honor that commitment with yourself throughout the day.


2. One Second Every Day – I found this through a fellow blogger’s post. How many of us look back at the year that just went by and don’t remember what good memories we had created in that year except for what we have in pictures? The simple but brilliant idea is to simply capture a one second clip every single day and chronologically compile all the videos together to create a beautiful montage. The man behind this idea is Cesar Kuriyama who talked about it at a TED event. His app 1 Second Everyday is available on iPhone App Store and Google Play.

3. Bullet Journaling – I found this through a fellow blogger’s post. I really like this concept because it’s very simple and can be very effective for anyone who struggles with writing To-Do lists and making separate sections for each task, note, idea or event. The whole idea behind a Bullet Journal is to simplify and organize your thoughts using short bullet points marked by a few special symbols that signify what each bullet point represents.

4. The “Seinfeld Strategy”: This amazing strategy created by famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld is great for those of us who need constant visual reminders to stop procrastinating and keep on going with our goals. The idea is to take a yearly calendar and place it where you can see it everyday. Then mark a big red X over that day when you accomplish your daily task and to keep doing it until you see a big chain of X’s over a period of a few days or weeks. The point is not to break that chain. I read about this great idea here.

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5. Morning Pages: This idea is by no means new but I think few people might know about it or do it everyday. Julia Cameron in her famous book, The Artist’s Way talks about using morning pages as a way to let out all those odd jumble of thoughts that jump around in your brain first thing in the morning. Every morning immediately on waking up, take your journal or a dedicated notebook, your favourite pen and your favourite morning drink and simply write your continuous stream-of-consciousness in longhand on three pages (three sides of paper). It doesn’t have to be about anything in particular. Just write down whatever comes to mind even if it seems like nonsense. It’s a brain dumping exercise to clear out all unorganized thoughts and to make way for creativity to flow throughout the day. Over time this has proven to be a powerful tool for productivity and inspiration for many people. I tried this exercise for a few days last year and just started doing it again today. You can watch Julia talking about morning pages here and might want to watch Janet Mock’s testimonial on Oprah and read this fellow blogger’s experience.

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Are you familiar with any of these ideas or have any other inspiring ideas to share? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you! πŸ™‚

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4 thoughts on “Take 5 #3 – These Inspiring Ideas

  1. kate ruth says:

    Great list! I’ve been wanting to start doing the morning pages thing if only I could get this morning routine thing down. A couple days ago I downloaded this app called Habit Bull (for Android) which sounds like the app version of the Seinfeld strategy. It’s pretty handy!

    Oh and by the way — I got your letter a couple weeks ago! Mine went in the mail around the same time. πŸ™‚

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    • Thistles and Whistles says:

      Thank you ! I am on Day 2 of morning pages and it’s difficult to write 3 pages, let me tell you that ! Only because our mind usually is unrestricted and thinks about a thousand things at once if it’s left unattended but if you have to put your thoughts to paper “as they come”, it automatically starts thinking in a more organized way and slows down. Suddenly a million thoughts aren’t jumping around in your head, only a few. I guess the whole exercise is meant to brain dump but my brain feels, ‘Oh, that’s not important to be on paper so I you should write about something else.’ So I am often struggling what to write next. But a great thing I am already seeing is the number of ‘To-Do’s’ that pop up that I want to get done but sometimes forget (or neglect!) to put them down on paper. I too downloaded this app called Rewire (for Android) that works on the Seinfeld strategy but I also started using a paper calendar too. Nothing makes me more satisfied that marking a big X over the day. I’m glad you got my letter and can’t wait to receive yours ! πŸ˜€

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