What do you find yourself thinking about day to day? Whether its your commute or perhaps your run in the evening. Maybe it’s some down time on the weekend when you can just relax and unwind… Where does your mind go? What do you linger on? What do you think about?
I’ve been recently listening to an audio book called “Surely, you myst be joking Mr. Feinman”. It’s a collection of stories from Richard P. FIenman and his quirky approach to life and everything around it. He was known as the kid who would fix Radio’s by thinking about it. What does that really mean? Well, without getting too much into it, it seems that Feinman would constantly busy his mind with useful thoughts. Whether it’s about his work and being a professor, or solving problems and helping build the atomic bomb, or something more devious and fun like learning how to crack a safe and pick up some ladies at the bar. He had a curious mind that was always thinking. Always questioning. Always enjoying what was around him. It’s a great book for anyone interested.
So what’s the takeaway? If you want to get better at your job or with your project, you need to spend time thinking about it. Not just how great it could be, and how difficult things are right now, no, you need to think about what you’ll be tackling next and what you can do to solve the problem in front of you. I’m quite certain that if we count up all the time we spend thinking about absolutely nothing it would be tremendous. What if all that energy and time went towards actual problems? What if all that brain power was put on what’s important?
It’s like a habit. (not comparing myself to Feinman) I’ve been on some very creative kicks where my mind was completely only focused on a specific problem. Day in and day out. And it worked. You begin to move quicker. You can make better decisions. You can iterate and refine a lot more before even getting to work on something. So, yes, think about it more not by spending more time on it, but using the time you have and putting it to good use.
This series of content is a small experiment. I pledged to create a piece of content on my site for the next 365 days. You can read the opening post here. The posts aren’t limited to thoughts or ideas, they’re really just a way for me to create original content. If you got any feedback/questions, please reach out. Thanks for looking.
Dmitry N. Rusakov