June 4, 2006

Ideas When I Get My Hair Cut

published this at 12:21 pm

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Yesterday, I got a haircut. While I was waiting I looked through a magazine and took notes. I took notes on articles and on advertisements. When I was through one magazine, I had complete ideas for four blog posts — not counting this one — and 27 phrases that I thought might spark ideas later.

Not bad for just sitting around waiting my turn.

I hate actually reading those magazines in places where I get my hair cut, and there’s never time to get into a good book.

–ME “Liz” Strauss

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10 Comments to “Ideas When I Get My Hair Cut”

  1. June 4th, 2006 at 8:30 pm
    mike dunn said

    feel the same way – hate idle time, exactly why i got interested in podcasting in the first place – filling the voids w/ something useful…

  2. June 4th, 2006 at 8:39 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah, I know what you mean. Thinking gets to be an addiction, Doesn’t it?

  3. June 5th, 2006 at 12:29 am
    simcola said

    I have the same issue but I get my ideas driving to work.

    I just changed jobs and my commute has got much shorter so Ive ha to work on it a bit more

    have a good week

  4. June 5th, 2006 at 6:25 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Simcola,
    I remember when I changed jobs once and my commute was too short!! I started a plan where I’d hit the shower as soon as I got home, just for the chance to transition a bit longer!

    Here’s to a chance to think!!!

  5. June 5th, 2006 at 8:21 am
    Lorelle on WordPress » What Are Your Favorite Resources for Blogging Ideas? said

    [...] Liz Strauss on Successful and Outstanding Bloggers has done it again and got me really thinking with a recent post called “Ideas When I Get My Hair Cut”: Yesterday, I got a haircut. While I was waiting I looked through a magazine and took notes. I took notes on articles and on advertisements. When I was through one magazine, I had complete ideas for four blog posts — not counting this one — and 27 phrases that I thought might spark ideas later. [...]

  6. June 5th, 2006 at 1:32 pm
    Claire said

    Great idea, Liz! I often get ideas from magazines, but usually they’re more directly connected to what I write about. After I read your post, I saw an article in the Wall Street Journal about people in Mumbai living in a partially collapsed building, refusing to leave because the rent is cheap. That inspired me to write my post today about what people are tolerating at their desks everyday.
    Now I’m going to keep my antenna up for anything that can inspire me!

  7. June 5th, 2006 at 1:35 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That’s exactly it, Claire. I look at what’s there and think “What would my version of that be???”

    Great idea by the way. I’m going over to read your post right now.

  8. June 5th, 2006 at 6:13 pm
    Hsien Lei said

    I’m due for a haircut this week. Let’s see what I can dig up. :)

  9. June 5th, 2006 at 6:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You’re so good at blogging I’ll be you find even more than I did. :)

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