Strategy #1: Use Wasted Time
We all waste time in some way another, but even wasted time can be productive. Now I am not advocating that we don't need some R&R. OMG- we need that just to recharge from a busy day, but what I am saying here is that when we have wasted time, we should fill up the time with productive or pleasurable activities.
As discussed in Attributes of Creative Type, we tend to jump around from one thing to the next, and we can sometimes get irritated because we didn't get to fully enjoy the creative release. So instead of sitting on that sofa clicking through the channels or being mad at yourself for not enjoying the moment, take a few minutes at the end of our day to think back over your day and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.
You can start by asking yourself these questions:
- When did I do my worst thinking today?
- When did I do my best thinking?
- What was on my mind today?
- Did I figure out a problem I been working on or thinking about?
- Did I allow any negative thinking to irritate me?
- If I had to repeat today, what would I do differently? Why?
- Did I do anything to further my long-term goals?
- Did I act in accordance with my own expressed values and beliefs?
- If I spend everyday this way for 10 years, would I have accomplished something worthy of that time?
Take a few moments with each question. Record your response. Look or listen to what you have said and as time goes on you will begin to notice a pattern in your creative thinking. The key is to celebrate what you are doing good and get rid/change what is not working for you.
The 9 Strategies to Living a Creative Thought Provoking Life have been established to get you going in the right direction. Take Action and Make Your Biggest and Brightest Dreams Come True!!
Tomorrow's PostCreative Thinking: An Artist's Everyday Life - Video Journal entry of me sharing with you guys my experience with Strategy #1 - Use Wasted Time.
Until Tomorrow -Peace & More Love,