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A Happy New Year! January 1, 2008

Posted by cjescribano in blogging, ideas, Uncategorized.
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Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written a post on this blog. I’m not sure where the last few months went. They seem a blur of commitments, obligations, places to go, and things to do. All good things, but just a blur. And so, blogging fell by the way side. But I have committed to pick it back up and be more devoted in 2008.

November’s Experiment
In November, I conducted a wonderful experiment in honor of National Novel Writing Month. I didn’t actually participate in the month-long event; that is, I didn’t publicly state my intention to write a novel in November and I didn’t participate on the NaNoWriMo web site. But I did commit to writing at least one page a day of my novel. And I held to that commitment. It wasn’t always easy, especially during Thanksgiving when I was off my usual routine, staying at my brother’s house, with other people wanting my time and attention to do fun things. But I did it, and that’s what counted. And it helped me to see that if I made a commitment like that, I could stick to it. And I would be amazed at what I was able to accomplish. I always think “I don’t have time,” but I learned that I could make a lot of progress on a novel if I just commit to writing one page a day.

January 2008 Experiment
Anyway, for this month, I plan to focus on blogging, and my commitment is to submit a blog post everyday. Sometimes, in the past, I couldn’t always think about what to write about. But my purpose for this blog has become clearer to me in recent months when I wasn’t writing.

I truly believe that nothing is really learned until it is lived. That’s why self-help books don’t often help. It’s one thing to read about all the things you need to do to be more assertive. But it’s too easy to put the book away and never once try out those things when you’re done reading. So, here is where I play with all the ideas that inspire me–the things I read about, the ideas I get from friends and colleagues, the things that experts are telling me I “should” do. When I get inspired by an idea, I’ll figure out a way to live it. And then I’ll let you know where that idea takes me.

Big Ideas that Inspire Me
I realized that I have A LOT of big ideas that inspire me, including:

  • Neuroscience–everyday, researchers are learning more and more about how our brains work, and that should affect how we teach people. I plan to follow what’s going on in neuroscience and think about what that means for designing instructional events.
  • Movement and Learning–several years ago, I took a class on Improv and Training, and the instructor kept telling us, “If you move differently, you think differently.” I find that thought intriguing, and I’d like to know more about how people can change the way they think just by moving a little differently. I guess this ties in quite a bit with Neuroscience.
  • Structures of success–I think successful people see the underlying structure of an event or organization and are able to navigate it better than those who don’t see that structure. I want to take a closer look at the underlying structures of things to see if I can start to see those hidden pathways to success.
  • User experience–What makes for a great user experience, whether it’s a book, movie, training program, or Web site?
  • Information management–How can I manage all the data that comes flying at me every day?
  • Education–What makes for a truly great education? Is private school better than public, and if so why?

So, I have some ideas and I have the commitment to follow through. Let’s see where this next month takes me.