The Idea Dude


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Taking time to be inspired

It's Sunday morning and it comes with the realization I haven't blogged for almost a week. As they say, I haven't left the building just been busy in the basement. Being a 4 day work week in Canada didn't help either. Everyone expected everything to be done by Friday. I am Friday...

I'm probably what you would call an eclectic blogger. I don't keep schedules for reading and writing. I hardly keep notes about what I should write about and save them for a rainy blogging day. I think I break every blogging rule in the book. For me, my blog is a sketchpad for inspiration. If I'm not inspired, I don't write.

Working deep down in the bowels of software development is not unlike working underground in a diamond mine. You spend many days in the dark, sweating and toiling. If only each miner saw the look on "her" face when "he" presented "her" with that diamond ring, I think they would see see their work as a labor of love instead of just labor. We all have to come up for fresh air to get a fresh perspective in life.

So weekends for me is now the time to come up for air, to write for Liz's blog and generally take time to be inspired.

Here are my thoughts on how to be inspired:

  • Read at least 1 familiar blog a day
  • Read 1 new blog a day (try using TheGoodBlogs! to find great blogs)
  • Connect with one friend a day (who have you not emailed or called for over a week?)
  • Speak to one person you've never met before each day (even if it's the person serving coffee on the other side of the counter!)
  • Look around constantly and absorb (actively look around, trees, people, ads, shop windows, look for that which makes you sigh)
  • Ask what inspired you today? (was it the color in the dress in the shop window, or a comment on the bus you overheard)
  • Take time to reminisce
  • Have some ALONE time!

If you do one or more of these things, you can't help but be inspired.

I did... and I posted


Blogger Amanda said...

What an inspiring post!

7:07 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Thanks Amanda. Works doesn't it. :)

10:02 AM  

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