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  • Writer's pictureDavid James Lawton

Digesting Information

Question of the day:

How do you digest information or instructions?

For me as a designer, one of my tactics for optimum performance is to read the information within a brief, or within feedback, but crucially don’t act on it straight away.

I just feed it into my mind, then go off and do something else. It might be another job, or go for a run or prepare a meal. Doesn’t matter. I just want the instructions in there, quietly sinking in. I’m not particularly thinking about it at this stage in any great detail. It’s just there.

Better responses can come from taking time to consider things more deeply. Even though the job might not be at the forefront of your mind, it’s amazing what a difference this can make.

It cuts out knee-jerk responses, and instead creates clarity of thought that comes through calmness. It’s also a good way of minimising inefficiency, which is critical as creative thinking can be energy sapping at the best of times.

It’s a good way of looking after yourself and your mind. In a stressful world, create calm wherever you can.

Do you have any good tactics that aid mental wellbeing?

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