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Chances are you are on vacation this time of year – are chances are you just want a break from your usual routine.
You don’t feel like doing anything that looks like WORK.
Yet I encourage you to DO some WORK – for your blogging or writing for the New Year.
I’m enjoying a beach vacation with my family. I’m relaxing AND I’m busy collecting – collecting ideas for future blogs.
Collecting – like a kid collecting shells at the beach. It’s more fun than work!
I encourage you to also collect ideas during your vacation.
Here’s a tip from one of my writing heroes – Jimmy Buffett. For those who are unfamiliar with him, Jimmy is famous for writing “Margaritaville” and best-selling books.
He’s more famous as a musician – however I like him most for his writing and his “life philosophy”.
Jimmy was often too busy having a good time to be bothered writing about it – at that moment!
He was however very disciplined at recording memory prompts so he could come back and re-visit and write about his experiences.
Jimmy’s songs are full of great descriptions and characters – often inspired by a headline he saw in a newspaper or a strong coffee he enjoyed at Cafe du Monde or some story he heard in some bar.
Despite his beach bum persona – Jimmy has a Hemingway-like discipline when it comes to writing and capturing moments.
Good writers collect the great lines or stories others casually throw away.
So I encourage you to:
1.be aware of the different experiences your vacation offers you – different sights, sounds, smells, activities.
2. take a few seconds to make a memory prompt – a quickly scribbled line in a notebook you keep handy or take a photo.
These days, with cameras on smart phones, it’s so easy to take a quick photo
3. look for comparisons that can link to a blog you will write.
1. I’m cleaning the pool and I manage to get my son to help me by making it an interesting activity for him.
He’s not cleaning the bottom on the pool of leaves – he’ s Aquaman! I’ll relate this to business motivation and engagement.
2. I take the family to a rainforest walk and notice how the kids are so engaged by the “educational displays”
I take photos for a future blog about designing engaging training or webinars.
3. My wife and I have a “friendly argument” about the correct name for a particular kitchen utensil.
She says it’s called a spatula.
I argue the case for MY definition of spatula. From my memories of chemistry classes – a spatula is not a kitchen implement but a small yet noble science implement for mixing chemicals (in solid form). A Spatula is thinner and smaller for adding crystals or powder into test tubes – not for turning pancakes!
It turns out we are BOTH right. An everyday example for a communication post.
Great colourful photo opp!
and – a catchy title leaps out – The spatula spat!
I recorded memory prompts and when I make time – I will write these blogs.
Anyway, better go – the family is stirring.
Another exciting day ahead of mango pancakes and beach walks and collecting more ideas!
Also a vacation time is a great time to snatch a few moments to improve your writing.
I love to turn off the TV and in quiet moments – listen to podcasts or writing or read book about writing or re-read my favourite Jimmy Buffett book.
If you’d like to improve your writing: Here are some quick tips.
Also, if you’d like to learn more about how Jimmy Buffett can help you with your writing, digital detox etc. – here are some posts.
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