Tyler Cohen shared some of his intellectual practice strategies on a recent blog post. I won't go over each point; in fact, I recommend reading the post in its entirety. What I would like to do is point out several of his methods in particular.
I write every day. I also write to relax.
Need I elaborate on that first point? Most of us here write every day and acknowledge how beneficial this practice is. His second point, however, is worth discussing. Maintaining our streak or thinking of something new to write about each day can sometimes feel stressful. But we should try to remember that it's okay to just write about whatever comes to us in the moment, rather than coming up with a good idea ahead of time. Writing to relax could also mean keeping a personal, written journal, or creative writing. It doesn't always have to feel like work!
Much of my writing time is devoted to laying out points of view which are not my own. I recommend this for most of you.
It's easy to talk about something that we believe in. It's far more difficult to get into another person's shoes. Such a practice builds empathy.
I do serious reading every day.
I would love to know what kind of reading he refers to here. Articles? Books? My guess is both. Reading is absolutely fantastic. I am making more and more time for it every day and I am so glad for this. You improve your focus, you learn, and you practice mindfulness all at once (at least in the case of an actual book). Writing, reading, and communicating (I'll touch on this one in the next post) form the trifecta of important skills to have.