Just slow down

“Making is the result of doing while being…”

– Rasmus Nutzhorn

So how do we “do while being” I asked myself?
In our fast paced day to day lives there is not much time to be?
Not true – you just have to take whats yours:

TIME

A while ago I saw this video on YouTube where some really thoughtful person, James Clewett, talked about handwriting his PhD thesis.
His main argument doing so was, I quote:

“It slows me down just enough to make sure that I’m making sense … And it makes me vocalize what I’m writing … I hear it back in my own head and it makes sense”

– James Clewett

Makes sense to me.
We have to consider syncing ourselves with ourselves. Consider if you want to decide what to do with your time or let others dictate the pace of your life.
I guess you have heard of the idiom “Don’t bite off more than you can chew” well I think it’s the same with our brain – you can’t constantly force yourself over the limit to do more and faster.

My friends from human&kind have this theory that if everyone runs at their maximum capacity through life to achieve more and faster, then the gaps between individuals, corporations and so on will get bigger and bigger while forcibly trying to master the increasing complexity of things.

In this sense, Max Wertheimer eloquently formulated a question that is still of utmost importance.

Why is it that some people, when they are faced with problems, get clever ideas, make inventions and discoveries? What happens, what are the processes that lead to such solutions? What can be done to help people to be creative when they are faced with problems?

– Abraham S. Luchins & Edith H. Luchins (1970): Wertheimer’s Seminars Revisited: Problem Solving And Thinking

Let us take a step back and consider the characteristics of problem solving or in other words mastering complexity (Mayer, R. E. (1992). A series of books in psychology. Thinking, problem solving, cognition).

  1. Cognitive – Problem solving occurs within the problem solvers system and can be derived indirectly from the problem solvers behavior.
  2. Process – Representing and manipulating knowledge in the problem solver’s cognitive system.
  3. Directed – The problem solver is motivated by goals.
  4. Personal – The problem solver’s skills and knowledge help determine the complexity or ease with which obstacles to the solutions can be overcome.

A problem arises when we have a goal but we don’t know how to get there. In many situations there is not just a singular action that we can take to solve this problem or to achieve the desired solution – We need to think.

It seems that today we have a misconception of problem solving – the time we need to think!

Think as fast as you can process. Choose your goals which correspond to your individual purpose and take the time to think and accept the subjective (personal) complexity of problems.

Good luck out there!

Yours truly,
Ozan