I don’t know if this happens to you, but I have so much on my mind sometimes that it becomes really difficult to focus, and I am unable to think clearly about any one thing. Everything seems inter-twined and my world suddenly seems more complicated.
I have never been good at sitting at some peaceful place and thinking about things with a calm cool head, at first my thoughts used to flow well when i used to walk, then it used to happen I was doodling, but they have found a new soul-mate these days – The KEYBOARD
Whenever i don’t know how to solve a problem , i simply start typing (yes typing, not writing) whatever comes to my mind. And by whatever I mean anything and everything! A sample of how I go about with my process is given below. Putting my thoughts on paper somehow just makes everything magically fall in place.
I have been following this process for a while – and I feel it helps me! Only recently, I got a name for it – BRAINvomiting!*
A few things about BRAINvomiting
1. Spelling/Grammar/presentation doesn’t matter
As is evident from the extract, i do not stop to correct spellings, or grammar or formatting or organising the thoughts. The important thing is, that the thoughts should all come down in one place on (virtual) paper. I can easily structure them later on (see fig.).
2. They are just thoughts on paper
There is no need to think within your limits or what is feasible or can/cannot happen. Once you have all your thoughts, they can be thrashed out later.
3. It’s your Vomit – keep it to yourself
No need to publish your throw up on the net. Zuckerberg learned it the wrong way when he posted “That Post” on LiveJournal. (Which is why I did not post an original – had to make up the harmonica based text)
*I got the name from the book “The 4-hour work week” by Tim Ferriss. now this author is a very interesting person – he formed an EMail cult of his own – he runs his own business, but Checks his EMail only once a week. (Yes, you heard it right – a WEEK!).
** The photograph talks about a hypothetical BRAINvomiting session. However, the thought of learning to play the harmonica does cross my mind occasionally!
*** I know the text in that pic is drastically incorrect grammatically. My grammar is not as bad as it looks.