Purchase a notebook that you keep solely for writing lists when you're suffering from writer's block. Pick something special that you won't accidentally mistake for a work notepad. When you're feeling stuck writing your employee newsletter scribble down a list about the first thing that comes to mind—anything from "what I dreamed about last night" to "goals for this year." Write entries until you've exhausted the topic. Now for each item on the list go through the following steps: Ask what, why, who, when, who, where, which and apply these words to each item on the list to see what emerges. For example, let's list called "list of my mistakes to learn from" pops into your mind. Apply the word "How" might give you "How and what should we do to learn from our mistakes". There's an article: How to Learn from a Mistake. And, here is what I actually wrote:
Everyone makes mistakes. Big or small, they’re instant stressors. The key is to minimize their negative impact and learn from them. First, you must own your missteps. You can’t learn from something that you can’t admit happened. Next, guard your mental health like a watch dog and let go of your feelings of guilt and shame. Analyze the situation rationally to understand what went wrong and how you can do better. Lastly, seek out advice, training, and support as needed.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Clean out a tin can and remove the label, then fill it with slips of paper containing words or phrases relevant to what you're writing. When you're feeling stuck, choose a slip at random and start writing down everything that comes to mind when you think of that word or phrase. Combine phrases if you get stuck, or just draw another one and keep going. Have other people contribute to the can for extra randomness! Also, your employee newsletter can of ideas should sit where people can drop in words, phrases, other more developed ideas. Put this can on your desk, in the hallway outside your door, or in the break room. Yes, you will get the weirdos dropping inappropriate things in this receptacle, but hang in there. Relief is on the way. For a free trial to FrontLine Employee, a completely editable newsletter (rename-able too) go to FrontLine Employee Free Trial