Seven Inklings for 2007


Fire in the Evening by Paul Klee

(I started this post out as a list of the most popular posts on this blog this year, and then immediately got bored with it, which I figured wasn’t a good sign of the prospects of you, dear readers, becoming bored as well. Hence, the following seven inklings/predictions/resolutions.)

  1. Reinvent one thing at a time. Choose your passion, your poison, your niche, your specialty, and become an expert in it as fast as you can. Then move on to your next passion. Keep learning.
  2. Take care of your body and your mind. Stretch both frequently. Challenge yourself as a habit.
  3. Develop a network of sources for inspiration, filtration, and discussion. Anything is possible, and anyone can have the right answers.
  4. Use collaborative tools at work to save time and avoid doubling up on tasks.
  5. Step away from the computer from time to time. Go out and report on something. Take pictures, shoot video, whatever you like, but get outside and experience the world first-hand. Worry about sharing it online later.
  6. Get some input from outside your niche. Print designer? Learn about CSS. Web designer? Hit the museum and check out some Paul Klee. Writer? Listen to This American Life.
  7. Don’t forget to have fun. If you’re not doing what you’re doing on purpose, think about what you’d rather be doing, and work toward doing it.

Thanks to all for a great year.

2 Replies to “Seven Inklings for 2007”

  1. Good advice. It’s also helpful to just have some down time once in a while…(said the woman who’s been taking a short break from blogging and pretty much everything else!)

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