Category: EXPERIMENTS

Chris Lovejoy

I’m a doctor working in the UK from a white middle class background. I studied at a good university, grew up in a countryside town and have never had to seriously struggle for money. Not exactly the background from which rap originated… Yet I want to be a rapper. Or, more accurately, I want to…

Chris Lovejoy

#29. Learning from an attempt at fictional writing I want to write fiction, but I find it hard enough to write about my daily thoughts and experiences. Yesterday I began writing a fictional short story. I started out optimistically; I had a calm, clear mind and spent about an hour creating a plot for the…

Chris Lovejoy

#27. Learning to control my ‘pond-skater’ mind When I sit down to write this blog each day, I have noticed a pattern that repeats itself. I will sit down and ask myself “what do I want to write about?”. An idea will enter my head so I’ll start brainstorming. As I do so the idea…

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#25. Writing is a record of your current thoughts, free to evolve with time “Great, I’ve finished. I’m really satisfied with that article — can’t wait to publish it.” How often do you feel this way? It may not be very often, but don’t worry — I argue that it doesn’t need to be. Often as I finish an article,…

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#21. Formally assessing my writing and encouraging feedback from others I wrote before about the importance of feedback — it is a fundamental requirement for the learning cycle. I want to be excellent at expressing my ideas with clarity through writing. I also want to write great content which is original. To help me in this pursuit, feedback…

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20. Start new things then only pick the best. Becoming a yes man can be a game changer. It can drag you out of stagnation and frustration. It can lead to experiences and opportunities which greatly facilitate personal and professional development. It is particularly useful when starting something out. At the start of Derek Sivers’ music…

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#17. Automate what you hate, but have to do anyway and the power of batching The below diagram is from Chris Suave’s TED talk. He suggests, for all tasks: If you hate it and don’t have to do it, eliminate it If you hate it but have to do it, automate it If you love it,…

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#12. These are often the most important times to take action How many times have you not done something that you know you should because you “don’t feel like it right now”? If you’re like me, then it’s too many times to count. You set aside some time to work on a project or a new idea,…

Chris Lovejoy

#10. Please tell me what to write about. Feedback is a fundamental requirement in all learning. If we don’t know what we did wrong and right we have no means of correction. As I undergo my daily blogging challenge, I realise that receiving more feedback would help me to better develop my writing ability. How could…

Chris Lovejoy

Feedback can hugely benefit us but it can also be costly. We need to know when to get feedback and when not to.   The benefits of feedback Feedback can have immense power. The most successful business models are those that gather and respond to feedback. Negative feedback can dramatically hinder our motivation to try…