Eight Practical Strategies For Happiness, Creativity, and Productivity

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During the pandemic lockdowns, our lives have turned more anxious, demanding, and barren than ever. We have been experiencing what Adam Grant calls ‘languishing’ — ‘a sense of stagnation and emptiness’. Amongst the huge fear and losses we have been going through, we have all had trouble concentrating, making progress, or experiencing joy.

As each day is similar to one another, I have found myself feeling bored and anxious at the same time. I have followed the news and social media for several hours without even realizing how much time and energy I have lost. …


Doodling Is Fun, Relaxing, and Refreshing

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You might have an interest in drawing, but you have not yet demonstrated any progress. You might be thinking: I cannot draw. I tried before, but I did not like what I came up with. Why is drawing so hard? Why can’t I make progress? Why are my drawings dismal? Perhaps I am not creative. I want to draw, but I do not know how and where to start.

If so, you are at the right place. I have felt the same way for a long time myself. My drawings were horrible. …


New Doodle Adventures From My Notebook

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In this post, I will present you with seven fresh reflective exercises from my notebook. Each of these exercises is presented in the form of doodles or notes in a diary.

Before we start, here are some fundamentals on reflection:

What is reflection?

Reflection is a method of experiential learning where you step back from your direct experiences, try to make sense of them, and turn them into deeper learning in order to develop your own personal and professional practice. It helps you to focus on the ways in which you understand, develop, and apply your learning in new situations.

What are the benefits of reflection?

Reflection helps you…


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Today, I have just realized that I have 333 articles published on Medium so far. I have written 320 of these articles during the last 14 months — during the pandemic lockdowns. This was one of the most surprising things I have ever done in my life — I ended up surprising myself. I would have never expected that I could write so many articles.

Nassim Taleb says: “How you did in this pandemic, as a country, a village, a business, a group, or an individual, whether emotionally, economically, or morally, is an indication of how robust you are and…


CREATIVE ADVENTURES — 60

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This exercise does not actually require imagination: We are already living with climate change.

Elon Musk says: “We are running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.” The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen to record levels. Like a blanket, these greenhouse gases are holding the heat in. The atmosphere now holds in more heat than it has for thousands of years. This causes extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and heatwaves.

  • We have…


CREATIVE ADVENTURES — 59

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In this exercise, you will imagine that you will write right now, or you will die. In a way, this is true anyway. If we do not write and create regularly, there will come a day that we will die without sharing our stories with the world. I believe withholding our stories from the world is a tremendous waste of our talent and creativity. That is why I present some writing exercises today that will create urgency for you.

Please respond to the following prompts:

  1. Go to the Write or Die website. This website has an unforgiving app that forces…


Seven Practical Strategies

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I am a master procrastinator. For almost 15 years, I wanted to write blogs in English. I have always deferred or avoided it because of fear. Whenever I attempted to write, I felt enormous resistance. This is commonly referred to as writer’s block.

We have all experienced it: On most days, writing is a struggle. It feels like climbing uphill to a mountain. We cannot start writing anything new or we cannot proceed with our current writing. How do we deal with this pain?

In this article, I will provide you seven evidence-based strategies and practical insights for overcoming writer’s…


CREATIVE ADVENTURES — 58

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In this exercise, you will imagine that you need to change your career every year. Please respond to the following prompts:

  1. Why do you think you need to change your career or job every year? What could be the reasons behind this? Think of 7 alternative reasons.
  2. Imagine that you are living in a collective and futurist society where individuals are strongly encouraged to take on and try out different careers each year. You are assisted and guided by human experts as well as robots in each job. Which careers would you like to try out? …


CREATIVE ADVENTURES — 57

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Nemesis is the name of a beautiful Greek mythology Goddess. Zeus was in love with Nemesis, but she did not want him. Nemesis transformed into more than a thousand different forms to confront Zeus, challenging him to new heights and challenges each time. Nemesis believed “no one should ever have too much good”, cursing those blessed with countless gifts.

The presence of a Nemesis challenges us to new heights and allows us to achieve our greatest potential.

In this exercise, you will imagine that you are a hero of your own life and you are about to face off your…


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“Crazy Rich Asians” is a classic and timeless movie about love, family, wealth, and tradition. Rachel Chu comes to Singapore to accompany her boyfriend Nick to his best friend’s wedding. She learns Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and she has to navigate a hostile world of relatives, socialites, and in-laws. Not everything is hostile, of course: The scenes of shared family meals and traditions set around a dinner table are particularly appealing.

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This is a universal story formula that works in every culture and context. In each story, the bride is thrown into an extravagant…

Fahri Karakas

Associate Professor in Business & Leadership at University of East Anglia. Passionate about doodling, imagination, and creativity. Author of Self-Making Studio.

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