“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury
I’m reading a book called Manage Your Day-To-Day, Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind…
It’s an easy read with insights from 20 leading creative minds. The sections are short enough to read within 10 minutes but with enough profundity to leave you with food for thought. After reviewing the key takeaways of the first section, I’m inspired to inspire you with how these points helped me! Get your pen and paper out, or your phone, and jot these down – I think they’ll help you too!
Great work before everything else: Do your most meaningful creative work at the beginning of your day, and leave “reactive work” – like responding to emails and other messages – for later.
Just like working out at the gym, I started to put my energy into my biggest project first. This helped me prioritize all of my daily projects and leaves me feeling more accomplished… even if I don’t get everything done. From home projects to work stuff to hobbies, this is a great principle to follow!
Jump-start your creativity: Establish “associative triggers” – such as listening to the same music or arranging your desk in a certain way – that tell your mind it’s time to get down to work.
After studying myself, I learned that my associative triggers include a clean space, sitting with good posture at a table, and having a pen and paper to offload ideas or todo’s I could work on later. Doing so minimized distractive thoughts and feeling the need to get it done ASAP.
Feel the frequency: Commit to working on your project at consistent intervals – ideally every day – to build creative muscle and momentum over time.
I try to write every morning, but I post to my blog on Mondays for now. Most days, I post what I wrote the morning of! By feeling the frequency, I write at the same time in a similar environment for a certain amount of time. If I get writer’s block, I write about my current observations to keep the writing momentum going. By building this creative muscle, I’ll be able to post more throughout the week.
Pulse and pause: Move rhythmically between spending and renewing your energy by working in 90-minute bursts and then taking a break.
I started with 30-minute bursts, which lead to an hour, which lead to 90-minute intervals. THIS helped me very much! It took away a lot of guilty feelings for not getting my daily projects done, too. I start by setting a timer and working on my biggest projects, then I take a break and ‘break-away’ from my workspace. Pulsing through and pausing has helped me realize I’m not a machine, but a creature who needs a break every now and then to function at my best.
Get lonely: Make a point of spending some time alone each day. It’s a way to observe unproductive habits and thought processes and to calm your mind.
This isn’t just a secular recommendation (none of these points are, in my opinion) because even “non-Christian” books take principles from the Bible. Taking time to meditate alone is important. You notice things that wouldn’t be obvious if you were in go-mode. To get lonely can mean to get alone with God; to focus on Him, our oneness with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17) and to renew our minds (Romans 12:2).
Don’t wait for moods: Show up, whether you feel inspired or not.
In today’s culture, A LOT of us go by what we feel. “I don’t feel like it…” “I feel like…”, etc. And this bothers me. My husband and I challenge each other to do everything wholeheartedly, whether we feel like it or not. Moods and feelings will repeat themselves, but if you bypass them and go for it (whatever that “it” is), you’ll be a step closer to where you want to be.
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller
As a reader and writer, I’m inspired to inspire others. Reading books such as this one, or the Bible, helps me to stay inspired. When we intentionally seek discomfort, we grow. We need to challenge the process, or our daily routines, to get closer to where we want to be. What will YOU do about that?
Comment below what you’ll do today!
How are you challenging yourself this week?
Which of these points stood out to you?
What do you do to stay inspired?
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