The pocket notebook, and capturing creative ideas

Almost no one claims to get their best ideas at work. – Michael Gelb

I’ve recently been returning to ideas around Deep Work, and re-evaluating my workflow now that I’m fully settled into life and a new office in Oxford. The vast majority of my work energy goes into running Ellipsis, and I squarely think of this as a creative endeavour and myself as a creative person.

Allow for Serendipity: Move outside your normal realm of comfort and interest, explore far and wide, while stayng open and avoiding jumping to conclusions. Let yourself be surprised and discover new opportunities. Keep a notebook with you at all time and record ideas as they appear to you.

One of the highest-impact things I’ve started doing in the last year is appreciating how important ideas and then following-through with these ideas is in running a creative business.

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The Future of Work is Scary

This evening I’ve got the pleasure of speaking at WordUp Brighton’s October Meetup, about “The future of work is scary: Deep Work in the WordPress economy”.

This should be a fun talk! It’s a topic I think is really important, and am very interested. Here are some links and resources pulled out from the slides:

  • Deep Work by Cal Newport. The authority on this stuff!
  • Unsubscribe by Jocelyn K Glei. A really practical book about similar ideas to Deep Work.
  • The Organised Mind by Daniel Levitin. A research-based book that explains how you think.
  • Pomodoro Technique (do this in 50 or 75 or 100 minute chunks instead of 25).
  • Focus for Mac, or Timewarp for Chrome for blocking distracting sites.
  • Messenger.com is a great way of getting Facebook chat without the distracting features bolted-on.

And, of course, here are the slides: