Majority of creative folks that I know keep a file, a folder or a tool like Trello/Pocket where they gather inspirational works, images, text and other scraps. In fact, people make blogs just for that. This blog is not an exclusion.
I often find myself sharing my music playlists with friends and colleagues, as I listen to the music extensively and the list grows fast. People usually try it out and get stick to it. I personally like that, because of the feeling of being a sort of a radio station.
Not long ago I stumbled upon the idea of writing playlist and realized that I need it. Frank Chimero writes about the text playlist:
It’s made of the best writing on the web I come across. I take this list and revisit and reread it every 4 to 8 weeks. You could almost consider it a playlist of text: it’s very select (I artificially limit it to 10-15 articles), I typically read them all in one sitting, and the order and pacing is very purposeful. It’s almost a pep talk in text form. I visit it when I’m down, when I’m lazy, when I’m feeling the inertia take over.
That’s simple to do and follow the rule: whenever I’m feeling uninspired, reread a handful of things that remind me, ground me, reframe and reposition me, sometimes frighten me frankly, back into or out of where I was.
I have websites, articles, posters, quotes, letters, notes, photos, and books of this sort. Why hide this? I want to present you with my text playlist of the end of October 2017.
- The Purpose of Life is to Be a Nobody by Zat Rana
- Kaleidoscope Thinking: How to Think Faster and More Clearly by Taylor Pearson
- 10 Habits That Change Boys Into Men by Benjamin Hardy
- How to Gamify Your Life to Quickly Accomplish Big Goals by Benjamin Hardy
- Antifragile Planning: Optimizing for Optionality (without Chasing Shiny Objects) by Taylor Pearson
- I Was Wrong About Speed Reading: Here are the Facts by Scott H. Young
- Develop Mental Toughness by Ralph Jean-Paul
- You May Be Strong… But Are You Tough? by Khaled Allen
- Effective learning: 20 rules of formatting knowledge by Piotr Wozniak
- The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Alok Ranjan
The idea of Text Playlists grew to the project. Read all of the posts here.