Tune Out to Tune In and Get Creative
Your brain is fried and it needs a break!
That’s right, because even though you believe you're a creative and a creator, you’re not nearly as creative as you think you are or could be.
Because you’re not giving that 3 pounds of grey matter between your ears any down time, or certainly not enough down time.
And I’m not just referring to sleeping.
In fact, I’d bet that a lot of you reading this don’t even get enough sleep to allow your brain to resort itself and recharge itself each night.
“Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.” George MacDonald
“People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.” Karl Lagerfeld
It’s Time To Tune Out
You see where I’m going with this post, don’t you?
To perform at your creative peak, taking some time to tune out of the busyness of work that you’re in the habit of doing every day is needed.
Or as George MacDonald and Karl Lagerfeld said above, you need some time for solitude and sacred idleness in order to be more creative.
And apparently, scientific research supports this.
Now, I’m no scientist so please don’t simply believe what I’m saying. You can research this topic yourself.
But apparently, tuning out or taking breaks from focused mental activity is extremely helpful, and even necessary for people who want to create more and create better.
This is because when you’re focused on a very specific task, like I am at the moment as I write this blog post, the brain has to filter out all distractions.
If it didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to write anything down that made any sense. (I’m assuming this post is making sense to you. If it is, please share it with at least one other person so more people will know that I can write sensibly).
Therefore, it’s a challenge to be creative when you’re focused on one specific thing. Creativity is enhanced when we tune out of the "mindless" daily tasks we either choose to focus our minds on, or are requirements placed on us by someone else, like the boss.
Tuning out doesn’t mean not using your mind. On the contrary, tuning out means you’re going to nourish your mind so it can be more creative.
Scheduling regular times during each day, week, and month to avoid, turn off, or stop doing the mindless, will enhance your creativity. Such as:
- Turn off your mobile phone.
- Shut down your email, heck shut down your computer.
- Stop working on whatever tasks you’re working on.
- Stop taking calls.
- Stop thinking about everything you’ve got to do tomorrow.
- Unplug yourself form all social media - for an hour to two or longer. The world won’t end, believe me!
It’s Time To Tune In
And then start doing the mindful, such as the following:
- Go for a walk alone because solitude is needed for the creative.
- Go to the gym and lift weights like a mad person (for those of you who enjoy that kind of thing), or run on the treadmill, or swim; any kind of physical exercise will be good.
- Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, that you’ve been meaning to read.
- Listen to your favourite music.
- Purposely stop doing anything related to business for a day, or two, or three.
- Go completely off the grid for two weeks while you’re on vacation.
- Free write with a pen and paper.
- Do some meditating with some great meditation music.
Here's a challenge: Let's agree, you and I, to schedule a regular time during each day, week, and month, when we unplug from the mindless, so we can experience the mindfulness and the refreshing boost to our creativity it can give us.
And I'd appreciate very much knowing your viewpoint.
What have you found most helpful in stimulating your creativity as a writer, blogger, author, or entrepreneur?
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