Monday Tip #32 Chunking

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If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham H Maslow I like chunking, it makes any project so much easier to deal with. If you are struggling with something big, then break it down into smaller components, and concentrate on these single elements. It […]

Monday Tip #34 What do you See in the Glass?

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Architecture is the art of wasting space Philip Johnson A pessimist will always see the glass as being half empty whereas an optimist will see it as being half full. Nope, I don’t buy that. I think that sometimes we need to see the gaps in order to appreciate what’s there. If you’ve just drunk […]

Monday Tip #32 Creating a Brand

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Running a company on market research is like driving while looking in the rearview mirror. Anita Roddick, founder of Body Shop Creating a brand identity for a business, product, service, etc. can be a chore. It can also be a great deal of fun. Whatever you come up with will probably have to last a […]

Monday Tip #31 Prediction Extrapolation

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The best way to predict the future is to create it Peter Drucker Everything evolves, changes, develops, and dies out. Why not peer into your crystal ball and make a prediction about what will happen in the future to everyday objects. Let’s take a few examples for you to work on: The electric kettle, born […]

Monday Tip #27 High Definition

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An eloquent male is one who can describe Dolly Parton without using his hands. Joan Rivers How often do we take for granted everyday words? Here’s what I mean: Write a definition of the word ‘and.’ List all of the possible uses of a mug that you can imagine. Write a dictionary definition for pen […]

Monday Tip #24 Give, and you Shall Receive

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Garage sale shippers have little trouble finding bargains but lots of trouble finding a use for them later. Sam Ewing Want inspiration and to do a good deed at the same time? Try these variations on a theme and kill two birds with one stone. The basic premise is to go to a charity shop, […]

Monday Tip #22 Seminars and Workshops

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Education is what you get when you read the small print; experience is what you get when you don’t. Pete Seger There are so many seminars, workshops, and courses around from one-off talks, to year-long (or longer) courses that you are sure to find something to inspire you. Just book yourself onto something that takes […]

Monday Tip #17 Things I Wish I’d Said, So I Did

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I wish I had said that. Oscar Wilde You will Oscar, you will. James McNeill Whistler Each Monday Tip starts with a quote where people have said something I wanted to say, or something I never dreamt of saying. They said it better than I ever could have. I’ve selectively chosen some throughout this book […]

Monday Tip #13 Take Snapshots, Not Photographs

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The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself. Edward Steichen During the course of your day have a camera handy (remember that if you carry a mobile phone you probably have one on that, or perhaps buy a really cheap compact camera). Take snapshots of random things that […]

Monday Tip #8 Found in Translation

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Some hold translations not unlike to bethe wrong side of the Turkish tapestry James Howell Have you ever used an online translator? The results can range from downright incomprehensible to absolutely hilarious. Try this and see what happens. There are two versions to test out, but I’m sure you’ll find your own. Write out your […]

Monday Tip #3 The Museum of You

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We are walking lexicons. In a single sentence of idle chatter we preserve Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Norse; we carry a museum inside our heads, each day we commemorate peoples of whom we have never heard. Penelope Lively Buy some scrapbooks and collect things – either randomly as you come across them or in a more organised […]

Monday Tip #15 Seek Out New Experiences

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We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time From Little Gidding by T.S. Eliot Open your eyes to new experiences. Sometimes this may mean travelling away from what you find safe and familiar in search of something you’ve […]