“In my opinion, anytime a professor accepts responsibility for his students’ learning, he denies their existence. He doesn’t respect them very much, if at all. If students permit the professor to accept responsibility for their learning, they don’t respect themselves (or the professor) very much either”—Jerry B. Harvey: Learning to not teach.
Know what you need! or How to work efficiently and creatively?
"Know when you need to rest, when you need to work, and when you need to socialize. Don’t waste time in one state when your brain or body needs to be in another."
Found this today on my tumblr feed from bustr. And found it inspiring. Especially the part about not wasting time in one state when you are wanting to be in another one.
Writing my thesis at the moment is making me very aware of how to work efficiently and creatively at the same time.
Things I have been trying to do:
Doing the fun and creative things first (did not work, I felt to much drawn to my email inbox, working on this one though)
Writing morning pages (3 handwritten pages to start the day, write down everything that comes to you mind and empty your head) as recommended by Judith Wolfsberger. A book about writing yourself free. In German. Helped me to try to form a new narrative about the usefulness of academic writing. Still working on this one as well.
How to accomplish more by doing less, an article posted on 99% and recommended to me by my friend Magdalena Jensen about how going for walks and taking breaks help you work more efficiently during the time you focus on work and work only. Still trying to find out the work and walks/sports/food correlation that is working for me
And finally making my working space into a creative space. A room for change. With Naomi den Besten’ blog spaziale.org as a huge inspiration. And the first steps I did, then, somehow, I just fell back into my old routine. So, another: Working on this one.
So, big need for change. Hm. Somehow I would like to be writing about how I have already overcome my not-so-efficient-and-inspiring-work-moments. And still. I am trying. Will let you know more about it. Next (connected) step: How to do what you really love in life?
Would it not be great if this somehow would all fall into place. And it will. I keep you posted.
At the moment I am very excited about how a creative working space can look like. It is for sure due to the fact that we just moved and I finally get to have my own space. Somehow it is a bit awkwardly placed in the room and therefore I am trying to get inspiration of the internet. (is there anything you cannot get from the internet) I told you about Naomi’s blog spaziale.org and here are some other things I found:
http://fromyourdesks.com/ -> A Desk is where we work. Symbolic. Physical. Present. A second and third home. A Desk is a platform. A heart. Roots are planted. It’s a place, a sanctuary, where hours upon hours pass.
She asks people to take pictures of their desks. Uncensored, so with the mess and all. And on her blog she shows the results.
“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity. (Christopher Morley, writer 1890-1957)”—
How to create an inspiring working/learning space?
My friend Naomi den Besten (yes, she is called “the best”) has a blog since several months that is all about creative working and learning environments called spaziale.org . When I asked her why on her blog she mainly talks about working environments she said: I use those two words, working and learning, interchangeable. To learn is to work and to work is to learn.
That speaks a lot I think about the kind of environment Naomi is working in. She writes that her blog is about room(s) for change. She is explore how fysical space can contribute to learning, innovation and change. So that we can make the places we find ourselves in as beautiful and inspiring as they can be.”
I wanted to make you especially aware about some very concrete things you can do for your own working space. These articles are especially interesting to me as I also am planning on redoing my working/learning space.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—Steve Jobs
Keri Smith and her playful and inspiring books have been part of my life since a couple of years now. Also, many of my friends have gotten several of her books as presents and invitations to play. Yes, Keri Smith is about playing. On her blog she quotes John Cage:
“Purposeless play—this play is an affirmation of life—not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvement in creation. But simply a way of waking up to the very life we are living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out of the way and lets it act of its own accord.”
And now, guess what, she made an app for ipad and iphone. And I love it. Here you can see a teaser of how this app is going to work. Wreck this app - Keri Smith
What is really interesting is the post on her blog she wrote as a background story for this application. I like it because of several aspects:
1. How sometimes in life things just come together magically.
2. How she does not believe in products for the product sake and is inviting everyone to ask themselves before doing something “Why should this exist?”
3. Her attitude is: rather less technology than more technology. And she still made an app. Her explanation is: As our culture progresses more into the technological realm I would like to be one that helps it to retain some meaning.
Making something that has meaning and is given meaning by the person using it. This is how I have always seen her books. I would love to try out her app also. (At the moment it is 4.99 Dollars)
This is actually a guide about how to find a job in a social enterprise, but I read it more as a summary of what social enterprises are out there. So an inspirational reading publication. Also, it is interesting to know what you could do to give back to your community and still have financial success. If you ask me, this is where the future of business is going… Well, at least that is what I am wishing for…
The article basically explains the kind of change I want to and will support in organization.
"We assume that people are fundamentally good and people are responsible adults," says Groupon CEO Andrew Mason. "The policies we have reflect those beliefs."
And this is also a comment I completely agree with. I have calculated that I meet around 300 new people a year, and I can only support this comment. I believe we all want to have fulfilling lives and having a great job that is fun, where you can be creative and be seen and heard is part of it.
“My formula has always been I’m big on preparing. Prepare like crazy. But then just as you’re heading out, half an hour beforehand, forget all of it. It’s there. It’s in your reptile brain. Go out but feel loose enough to grab opportunities as they come up. Don’t just stick to the plan if you see an opportunity.”—Conan O’Brien’s Guide To Creativity (via curiositycounts)
Dropspot it is an alternative mailbox. It’s a hiding place in a public space, where people can leave things for exchange. Anything. It’s a weird and wonderful way to add personal character to the streets that we live in. Stash something fun and see what you get back. More info on dropspots.org .
So it sounds a bit like geocashing (treasure hunting with GPS), but the chilled out, really just for fun version of it. Anyways, I love treasure hunting and I hope there will be a dropspot soon in Warsaw. Or maybe I will create one…