Michele Palter šŸš¢ šŸ”„šŸ˜

May 27, 2022

3 critical tools for analog thinkers in a digital world: Unlock these old school deep thinking secrets.

Here are 3 wildly helpful tools for thinking deep, and producing fast.

For over 25 years, I've used versions of these tools to make a living, both by writing, and coming up with creative solutions.

If you can think deeply about the world's problems and produce solutions for people who desperately need them, you are poised for success. You have a massive advantage, in a fragmented, distracted world.

Cal Newport, the author of "Deep Work," identifies 2 vital skills we all need in our New Economy. ā€œ1. The ability to quickly master hard things. 2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.ā€

Unfortunately, we all are bombarded by information every time we slide into our Twitter feed. It's too easy to get lost down the rabbit hole.

Social Media is both the obstacle and the way to deep thinking and solution finding.

I started out on Twitter as a consumer, not a creator. I learned so much each day, but didn't know how to contribute.

I'm not alone. A whopping 97% of all tweets on Twitter come from only 25% of Twitter accounts. Some myths that hold us back:

  • Impostor Syndrome: The only valid commentors are the "experts"

  • Analysis by Paralysis: death of ideas by overthinking

  • Collector's Fallacy: collecting pearls of wisdom is the same as writing

The great news is, both analog thinkers and native Cloudlandians can use paper, pencil, and voice to boost creativity and productivity.

Bullet Journal (or any journal)

My journal is my dreamcatcher.

You can use a spiral notebook (I do), a bullet journal (to organize your life as well as give you a place for thoughts) or even an old school paper calendar to tie your insights to your schedule.

Zettelkasten (or any pile of notecards)

What if you are out in the wild and don't have your journal when lightning strikes? A notecard can capture the fleeting thought, before it escapes back into the ether.

I'm still learning about Zettelkasten, but what enchants me about it is how you can convert fleeting thoughts into atomic ideas that lead to fully realized work.

This is how this article was born, by the way. Check out Sebastien Dubois' excellent article here for an introduction.

Otter (or any dictation software)

Yeah, it's on a device, but anything you use to capture ideas when you don't even have a notecard, can be converted to a fleeting thought and then to an article, a tool, even a digital product.

The magic of these analog tools is that you don't need an app or a digital system to create something new. It's so much easier than this.

All you need is pencil, paper, and your own voice.

Michele Palter šŸš¢ šŸ”„šŸ˜

Obsessed with writing magic? Working on getting younger and stronger each year? Want to transform the past into a better future? Me too...let's do it!