We all live in a society that seems to be getting busier and busier. Demands coming in for your time and attention left, right and centre. In fact the new currency for you to grab as a creative person, or any business person for that matter, is attention. Attention is becoming more valuable. Because there is more information fighting for our attention.
How do we harness our creativeness when there are so many distractions in our lives? Below are some valuable tips i have learnt for getting the most out of yourself creatively.
1. Find time for yourself: Being creative is all about giving your mind space in order to harness the creative powers within you. This means giving yourself quiet time to sit down and let your mind wander. Try it 30 minutes at the start of the day and see what wonders it does for you. Try counting down from 50 with your eyes closed, counting down the numbers every time you exhale. Do that 2 times a day. This also frees your mind of the sometimes overwhelming burden of information and modern day worries.
2. Turn off your phone and messaging services: Recently i forgot this and have shown a reduction in my output. Everytime you read an email and respond to a message it wastes 20 valuable minutes of your time. This includes breaking your train of thought, reading and writing your text and then recommencing your task. In his book the 4 hour work week, Tim Feris advocates only checking email twice per day. Email should not be regarded as an instant message service. So what if an email doesn’t get responded to straight away, no-one will really care. If it is urgent, there are far more effective ways of contacting you.
3. Know your energy patterns: We have a natural rhythm called a circadian rhythm where our energy will flucuate within certain parts of the day. Do you notice how you sometimes get lethargic after lunch and then pick up after about 3pm? Well its important you know when your energy is at peak times and harness your creativeness then. For some people it is the morning (like me), others are night owls and it is in the evening. The morning is the best time to set your tone for the day, so instead of watching the derpressing news, read something inspiring. Then go and create. This alone can increase your productivity ten fold.
4. Exercise: We humans have evolved a lot from the cavemen who ate what they caught and ran around all day trying to find food. Now we sit at computers for 8 hours a day eating readily accessible junk food and preservative laden sweets and biscuits. But one thing has not changed. Our hard wiring to need to exercise our bodies to maintain our physical and mental wellbeing. So we need to do this. The trouble is that most people don’t do it and suffer as a result. Your health is valuable and you need to invest in it in order for it to work for you. You only need to do moderate exercise 3-4 times per week in order to gain beefits. You will be amazed at the results. Of course diet also plays a major role. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and drink water, not calorie laden soft drinks. You need a health plan. Get in contact if you need one.
5. Prioritise what is important: With the ever complicated lives we are living, knowing what you want and writing it down can be very valuable. This will then bring an energy to your creativeness that will be powerful. Used in conjunction with the above steps. Always complete your hardest tasks first the morning, as this will get the day off to a good start and release the burden of expectation off your shoulders.
Do you have any more insights? Please comment below if you do
Elton Smith is a Physiotherapist and electronic music producer interested in the science of success and is involved in the promotion of health and wellbeig for peak performance. Visit his soundcloud at www.soundcloud.com/eltonsmith or get in contact for some advice on health and wellbeing at email@example.com.