Mindfulness (aka zazen or non-doing). Currently this is a series of entries around my efforts to learn the quieting practice of zazen. See also, the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, a scientist who teaches mindfulness as part of stress-reduction. (JKZ video: Mindfulness Talk at Google (2007)
COPY patterns to enter the space of Another (Kuba Krazy)
Doodle (on the computer, as with the Illustrator doodle above, or by hand)
Mind Map. A tool for brainstorming and divergent thinking as I free-associate. Most fun with colored markers. (Example)
Diverge or Converge?
Sometimes it just isn't clear if I should be focusing in with a clear plan and end in mind or if I should be organizing to let something surprising break through the surface. A doodle-diagram gave me a start in thinking about this:
The right-hand column seems to more goal-oriented: "Write a novel." "Enter a photo contest." "Retool my website." It's about putting aptitude and skills to work.
The left-hand column is more about working a mystery. I think I've been here, mostly trying to figure out a new technology or how to start/finish a difficult project. But I'm sitting here thinking that I don't have enough tools to do this justice.