I got a lot of great feedback from this article I posted in last week’s Impulses, my private newsletter for creative dynamos. (Not a subscriber? Get in here, you! Sign up over there to the right.)
One simple practice has become one of my best allies for work and creative satisfaction. In all the years I’ve been coaching creative people, I’ve learned that bringing this simple yet vital missing piece makes all the difference.
What’s the trick? It’s a little bit of space/time on a regular basis.
Raise your hand if you pack your days with more than you can actually handle. Don’t worry, I won’t judge. I call this misplaced optimism. Given our exuberant natures, we want to do so much. We think we can squeeze one more thing in between tasks.
But this doesn’t work so well, does it? We end up feeling rushed and scattered and often late.
I propose something else: take time back by giving yourself 15 minutes a day for something that actually fuels you. Some possibilities for fifteen minute pauses:
- meditate to start the day or as a transition between activities
- play with your art supplies, sketching, coloring or collaging
- visualize what you want to manifest, either in your mind or on paper
- leave early so you don’t rush and arrive like the richest person in the world – with time to spare
- spend some time in nature, even if it’s just with a houseplant
- free write on your current state of mind or on a project you’re working on.
I’ve found answers, insights, calm, contentedness and more in these fifteen minutes.
You may be shaking your head, oh, no, I don’t have fifteen extra minutes. But if you can’t slow down a bit every day, what are you missing? What are you avoiding?
I assert we don’t have to be constantly running and going and doing. If you are an artist or writer or entrepreneur, it’s ESSENTIAL to take space. If you’re like me, you know that when we have space, our best ideas can bloom. And we feel more sane and creatively abundant.
Do you do this practice or a similar one? Leave a comment below and let us know how this impacts your happiness and creativity.
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