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 […]

Monday Tip #44 Random Acts of Editing

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A witty saying proves nothing. Voltaire Whatever you are doing, edit it right down, and see what you end up with. For example, how about randomly removing every sixth note, or every eleventh sentence? What’s left? Does it stand on its own, or do you need to find something to replace what’s been removed? What […]

Monday Tip #48 Do it Wrong

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If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of 10 years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. Confucius We all strive to do things right, at least generally, but how would you do the thing you want to do if you deliberately did everything […]

Monday Tip #2 Ask Questions, Lots Of Them

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Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. Voltaire Creative people tend to be curious. Instead of looking for the answer, ask more questions. It may sound counter-intuitive to dig yourself deeper into a mental block, but as you dig you may come to a deeper, more meaningful level where you get to […]

Monday Tip #60 Stop, Collaborate & Listen

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The things we most fear in organisations – fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances – are the primary sources of creativity. Margaret J Wheatley Fo Sing along if you know the words. If you have no idea what I’m talking about just read on, and stop looking at me like that. There are times when two heads (or […]

Monday Tip #12 Mind Mapping

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Normal linear note taking and writing will put you into a semi-hypnotic trance, while mind mapping will greatly enhance your left and right brain cognitive skills The Mind Map Book, Buzan and Buzan Mind mapping is a simple, effective, and highly visual way of getting ideas together. It involves visually linking ideas, generally on paper, […]

Monday Tip #21 Through A Child’s Eyes

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The world looks very different from the perspective of children. They lack the experience, preconceived ideas, and self-limiting beliefs of adults. Unlike grown-ups, children often lack inhibitions and have yet to learn the fears that we have as we experience more of life. Their outlook of the world is far more naïve. They bring a viewpoint that is sometimes surprising, sometimes amusing, sometimes disturbing.

Monday Tip #19 Walk in Another’s Footprints

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You can judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing to them or for them Malcolm Forbes Everyone has role models. Often they are our parents, and they might teach us how to live our lives, or become the very opposite and demonstrate how we wish not to live […]

Our Future is What We Make of It | David Norrington | #LetsResetNormal

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Publisher, Cardiff, United Kingdom Like many business owners across the world, my story is unremarkable. I run a publishing company, the one publishing this book. It’s just me and my current intern, Sam, in the office, although not in the same office. I’ve worked from home for years, but for Sam the transition to working […]

Monday Creativity Tip #33 Write a Book Structure in 60 Minutes

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With creativity; less is more. Without creativity; less is less. Ronald Anton (b.1985), Canadian designer If you are planning on writing a non-fiction book, but don’t know where to start, here’s some ideas of how you can get it done in minutes flat, not over a period of many months. Even if you aren’t planning […]

Monday Creativity Tip #7 Impossible Deadlines

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One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines. Émile Zola Have you ever got so much done on the last day before leaving for a holiday that you wondered where the energy and inspiration came from? Or have you only got your brain around a presentation the night before you had to […]

Increase your word power with word of the day, by David Norrington

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The phrase ‘increase your word power’ will resonate with a certain reader. I remember as a child my grandmother getting a Reader’s Digest magazine through the post every month and one of the features ran under this heading. I was about ten years old and it was the first section I went to. Obviously most […]