How to holiday: take a notebook
The fourth of ten posts, published each work day, on the rules I set myself to create a successful holiday. The rules work for me: I hope they’re of some use to readers to. But they won’t suit everybody. You’re v. welcome to let me know how it’s different for you – and what your own rules might be.
My fourth ‘rule’ is very simple. In my previous post I wrote that I discerned a kind of cycle: “In fact, I find there is a kind cycle. It takes a day or so to relax. Then one really settles in and begins to relish the holiday”. My fourth rule – Take notebook! – derives from that point.
Right at the start of the holiday, I have very few creative ideas. My mind is still preoccupied. And as the holiday progresses I usually become too relaxed to think creatively. But in between there is a shortish, somewhat elusive period, where insights bubble up in a series gestalt-like moments of vision.
The problem is, if I don’t write them down, I forget them. Which is why I need a notebook at the ready.
It’s a bit like writing your dreams down as soon as you wake up.