All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
23 November 2015

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

Do you remember this macabre scene from ‘The Shining’ (1980)? The main character there, the doomed writer Jack, typed it thousands of times just before he got mad. Don’t you think there is some truth in this phrase? The secret of being a good writer, student or any sort of ‘a mental worker’ is the least in hard work. It’s more about knowing how to utilize your time and share your ideas in the most fruitful way. Keep on reading and discover the hat trick of success.

  1. Attend your lectures. And record them.

It’s not easy to stay focused during a lecture, understand the whole delivered information and take notes – all at the same time. Lots of students just get tired rushing to write or type everything they hear from their lecturers. Instead of that, simply record your tiring academic classes and ask a professional transcriber to transcribe them into clear and accurate text documents. Recording and transcribing your lectures ensure that you won’t lose any vital information because of sloppy handwriting or fading short-term memories. No need to call out that listening to your records, as many times as you wish, is a fantastic way to study even more productively. Reading them transcribed works almost the same, just way faster.

Can you possibly understand anything in all that mess? Instead of putting each and every thing down, record your teacher’s lectures and study afterwards reading clear and accurate transcriptions.

  1. Don’t type. Dictate your ideas.

Sometimes we get inspired while talking with friends or brainstorming with our colleagues. It looks as if our minds are filled to the brim with ‘aha’ thoughts, but when it is time to put everything together on a paper, the magic just doesn’t happen. Jack ‘the dull boy’ is the perfect example for that. Rather than typing his horribly famous sentence, he could have been dictating and recording his thoughts! You may be surprised but in fact a great number of well-known writers share exactly the dictating approach. After that they just edit the transcriptions and that’s it! Their articles, reports or even books are ready to publish.

  1. Do what you are supposed to do. Simple as that.

Your job is halfway done if you have already experienced how good it is to record your lectures or dictate your thoughts. Just one last hint: don’t try transcribing them on your own, please. This work is pretty exhausting and even more time consuming. It takes an amateur approximately 10 hours to transcribe 60 minutes of audio as they lack practice, professional typing speed and specialized hardware and software. It is a tiring, boring and creativity-draining job. Spend your studying or working time in a different, more effective way.