One of the habit I’m developing while at my regular walk during Morning and evening is to keep my mind busy with thoughts that might help me with my work and life. One of the routine is to write blogs on something that could help/inspire someone who reads my blog. I was thinking of writing a blog for quite some time but was busy with guest lectures and a Coursera course (https://www.coursera.org/ ) “Developing innovative Ideas for a New company” I started this March 3rd. This is a six week course but they allowed students to go ahead and finish the course earlier. It occurred to me that I should attempt to complete all six weeks course in Six days of the first week itself but should be able to target for highest marks possible. Guess what, I completed the course but took Ten days (Wednesday 12/3/2014) taking the last quiz before midnight 12.00 PM. So the result is that by constraining to six days forced me to be creative with my daily schedule.
So the constraint that I made for completing my course in six days made me think creatively and set goals to reach it as much as possible. Constraints should enhance creativity not bog you down to stress and anxiety.
The most common problem college students engage is procrastination, the act of ‘putting off something until a future time – postponing or deferring action’. That means most of them become serious with their exams or career planning in the last minute. This creates stress that leads to anxiety.
They come to me with this problem of stress and anxiety due to lack of time (it’s too late). How do I help them? This became my challenge for quite some time during my daily walk. I read extensively on how to reduce stress and anxiety as listed bellows that helps some of the students or employees to overcome their stress and anxiety. But I was not sure that this research will solve everyone’s problem.
The only way stress or anxiety can be reduced is to plan ahead and stick with that plan and reach the goals you want to reach.
But that is not easy with the distractions of daily life. So now I thought let’s explore how to use these constraints of daily distractions, mental weakness, and procrastination to reach our goals or reduce the stress.
I started exploring the web on constraints and came across a story of Ernest Hemingway, a story writer who bet with friends that he could write an entire story in just six words. It seems impossible feat but Hemingway did it as follows
“FOR SALE: Baby Shoes, Never worn” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_sale%3A_baby_shoes%2C_never_worn
That excited me to write my life story in six words and here is what it is
Fall ,Rise, plan, achieve, Sorrow , splendid –RK
So procrastination , stress , anxiety , tension or what ever it is that is stopping you becoming great should be used for your advantage. For me planning , setting goals and also sticking with the goals to the best of my abilities is what made me what I’m today. My physical constraint never bothered me reaching to a better life with best practices. So I wish this blog inspires you all to think how to use your constraints for your advantage creatively…
Now I challenge you to write your life story in six words as comments to this blog.
The links below are some extraordinary “creativity under constraint” stories for you. Enjoy and let me know if you liked this blog and make me happy please by expressing your opinion (it’s long overdue from my readers).
My favourite talk on TED must watch http://www.ted.com/talks/phil_hansen_embrace_the_shake?embed=true
Don’t forget to give your story in six words as comments… Thanks and I appreciate your time reading this blog..