As part of our Accelerator community we’ve been hosting live interviews for our members on various topics.
A while back I invited my friend Chris Bowler about his thinking and writing process. For Chris, a good part of his creative process actually starts away from screens. Good thinking, as it turns out, usually doesn’t start at the computer. It could be out on a walk or a run. Working the garden or chopping fire wood.
For the knowledge worker in particular, if you’re working with your mind all day, resting with your hands is a necessity. And it’s often in doing something physical that gives our brain the white space to unravel a problem.
I split the conversation into two parts to make it more “chunkable”. I recommend giving this conversation a listen and taking some time to think about the concepts before moving on to part two.
- 1:05 — Meet Chris Bowler
- 5:50 — Digging in to thinking deeply
- 8:35 — The need for whitespace and brain activities
- 10:22 — The affects of thinking post smartphone era
- 13:25 — On-demand always present entertainment
- 14:10 — Problem solve away from screens
- 14:45 — How do you slow down enough to problem solve
- 16:46 — Building resiliency to focus and go deep
- 18:35 — Share your thinking, share your work
- 20:00 — The skill of thinking deeply
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