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LEARN1 You can observe a lot just by watching

I've started to carry a notebook with me at all times. It's not a small and beautiful Moleskin that aspiring writers and artists tend to favour, but a simple, utilitarian black laboratory notebook that I picked up at the University bookstore. I'm trying to put a make a secret into a habit.

I'm trying to slow down and really, deeply look into the way things are. I'm going to make time to make observations before any next steps. I'm going to fight my own impatience and just. watch. first.

Then I am going to make sketches, make notes, ask questions.

And then I'm going to take the time to consider the possibility of how a small change might lead to a large improvement.

I know it seems strange to try to slow down when there is so much important work to be done but I'm starting to think that many of the problems we currently face have their roots in decisions made years ago based on what was fastest, cheapest, and most available option at the time... that worked somewhere else, and was brought here.

And that's why so many things don't seem to fit. Not in an elegant or beautiful way, at least.

("It must be beautiful").

Yes, there is urgency. And we shall make haste slowly.

Just watch.

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Comment by Mita Williams on February 9, 2010 at 3:57pm

Comment by Ronald Kasendwa on February 9, 2010 at 6:18pm

Am just wondering what this photo means? What does it stand for? Is it that we are shying away from what is happening? Or may be am getting it wrong! Am so interested in knowing what it means - please help me out!
Comment by Mita Williams on February 9, 2010 at 6:25pm
I'm not trying to be poetic or shy! I'm just holding up my black lab notebook that I carry with me as "proof" that I really am trying to take the time to make notes and observations.
Comment by Ronald Kasendwa on February 9, 2010 at 7:31pm
Ohkay, you've made it very clear with me now. Thanks!

When I read your post, something excited me; something about making the right decisions. It is very true that tough situations cause velocity in people's thoughts and actions. Taking a bit more time to analyze the situations seems to be an amazing idea from one perspective. However, the more we delay to take action the more severe the effects of these tough situations get out-of-hand. Have you looked at it from that point of view?

My thinking is that there are some critical situations that need urgent action or fast reactions. Like you said, a number of times wrong measures are taken because of the fast reactions and too much pressure - which is very true - but this means that we need to think of how we can learn making quick and efficient decisions and solutions to the problems and challenges we encounter. This is what the EVOKE NETWORK is about. Congratulations for being part of it!
Comment by Chelsea Howe on February 20, 2010 at 3:29pm
Excellent - keep us posted on how your journal goes. If you don't mind sharing, I think it could be cool to see some pictures of pages. To me, it's always fascinating to figure out what details people think are worth noting. I'd also be interested in knowing how it's helped you organize your attention and the 'bigger mental picture' about what we're trying to do at EVOKE :D
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 6, 2010 at 5:20pm
I'll add one word, I think most significant to you list: "what was fastest, cheapest, and most available option at the time... that is easiest. Humans tend to favor any decision that is quick, fast, cheap and easy. Especially polititians, although they look to expensive and advantage! +1 vision :)
Comment by Emmanuel Tabarly on March 9, 2010 at 5:21pm
Mita. What you are suggesting seems so simple, yet it is very very hard. I've tried it, and never quite succeeded. Yet somehow I feel you will... go girllll.
Comment by Deborah Cazden on March 10, 2010 at 11:16am
Journaling is great for so many reasons. In todays world, we are hooked on technology, but there is something more you get from actually taking a pen to paper, feeling the pages as they slip beneath your fingers. Journaling adds a richness to life that a computer screen just can't do.
Comment by James Ream on March 11, 2010 at 6:56pm
Love it. By slowing down, you're able to do important things faster, and you save time later. I find careful day-planning helps me slow down, so i make sure I have enough time to do important things. When I'm in a hurry, I make mistakes. When a task has all my attention, I rarely falter.
Comment by Jeffrey Clancy on March 13, 2010 at 5:16am
Mita I totally agree with what you are doing. I think it is a great idea.


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