Hello and welcome!
This week I want to start with the following concept:
We all start from zero.
Zero books written. Zero books read. Zero countries visited - if that's the thing that gets you out of bed.
The point is, we have nothing initially. Whether this will be when we start a new job or begin a quest of learning how to write better words online.
Normally, we'll want to move faster from zero to one. After all, it's quite depressing to have zero skills.
This leads to the following question:
Where do you start?
Most commonly, we turn to purchasing items. Thinking that buying something, a fancy gadget, for instance, will help us magically type better words.
But if buying a new laptop is the mediator that can make us better at writing. Or buying the most expensive guitar in the shop, the thing that can transform us into better guitarists. Why there aren't millions of people who are successful writers or half-naked rock stars on a stage with long hair and a mass of fans screaming?
Oh, that's right, because the item is just a tool. It's not a prerequisite for a successful career.
Writing is writing regardless of the device you use. If you have a hard time putting your ideas on a piece of paper or on your old, sound-making laptop that has marks from your cat. Guess what? You won't do any better even if you upgrade your equipment with the newest machine currently available on the market.
If you write, or you want to write, the device you're using is not that important. The important thing is to want to write and to write more often - or whatever that gives you the chills.
Personally, for me, it all starts on a blank piece of paper.
The words you're reading right now first existed on a piece of paper.
Inside my Idea Journal.
By putting my ideas first on a piece of paper, I basically make a plan for how to make something out of nothing.
This leads to...
This week's post is a bit more personal and a bit more practical.
I'll share my analog note-taking system(s).
And even though my handwriting is worse than a drunk spider dipped in ink, it's one of my favorite activities for planning and jotting down ideas.
Check the post: My Extraordinary Messy Analog Note-Taking System
Hopefully, the processes mentioned can help you move from zero to one faster in your field of interest.
I'd be glad to hear about your own note-taking system if you have one - just hit reply.