Things that work for me, but are not at all guaranteed to work for you (for the likely risk of terrifying side effects, please consult your doctor or pharmacist).
THE LUXURY OF SINGLE-TASKING
As long as I remember I have been multitasking. The faux feeling of winning extra time felt rewarding (not that I was lacking time to begin with). But it also came with the sense of anxiety, stress and decreasing ability to focus on anything at all. So now I am allowing myself to try something new: single-tasking.
This video with James Hamblin accurately captures what I am aiming for and suggests to start from the #TablessThursday (implying that it might be just as good as #TacoTuesday).
Single Tab and Single Task.
Re-learning to Focus and to Be Present.
Let the (Single) Fun Begin.
MORNING ROUTINE #BABYSTEPS
So for how long have you been dreaming about having a perfectly tailored morning routine that includes a work out, a meditation session, a gratitude journal entry, a goal-setting affirmations, and Instagram-worthy breakfast with a freshly brewed cup of coffee?
It’s been in my head for too long. And while I love the idea of starting my day with such physically-mentally-spiritually rejuvenating practice, the reality is way more hectic. But today, instead of expecting myself to make a quantum leap towards such instant enlightenment, I decided to take #BabySteps.
This morning I started by remaining disconnected, by witch I mean I didn’t turn on my phone or laptop, which I normally do first thing in the morning (don’t you?). It’s unthinkable how much noise roars from these devices, and news portals, and social media, right? What a treat it was to be awake, yet to remain in the blissful vacuum. I felt so much more peaceful and centered.. No one was pushing, insisting, screaming, asking, arguing, questioning, debating… So I put some classic music on, made pancakes and revelled in the peaceful heaven of my mind.
ENVISION YOUR VISION
No wonder creative visualisation technique is being prescribed by many personal development coaches: the benefits of clarifying and emotionally experiencing your dreams by virtually reliving them in your mind has been proven to lead to greater success in the “execution phase”.
I remember how thrilled I was to discover visualisation, since daydreaming naturally was (and remains) one of my favourite pastime activities. While lounging by a pool, jogging on a treadmill, or sipping the second Margarita in the local pub, I would ask myself “Where could I be now?”, “What could I be doing?” or “Wouldn’t it be nice , if…?” and drift off envisioning various delicious scenarios. That field of potentiality, mixed with improvised creativity, emotionally charged with excitement, joy and freedom, and sprinkled with goosebumps is oh-so-delicious treat with which I pamper myself daily.
I do believe in the power of visualisation, but even if I didn’t, creating the alternative life in my mind (just like playing Sims, if you will), is simply entertaining. Plus it really magnifies and clarifies, what is it that presently matters to me. I also find it extremely satisfying to listen to people, when they’re tapping into this field of possibility and voicing their dreams and goals and ambitions. Its those sparkling eyes and trembling voices that make me feel the closest connection and the purest affection to others.
THE DELICIOUSNESS OF LEARNING SOMETHING NEW
A scientific explanation of what happens in one’s brain when the new information is being absorbed refers to the formation of the new connections between neurons. But for me, personally, our capacity to continiuosly install something new in ourselves is nothing less than magic #HogwartsStuffAndBeyond.
Whether it’s learning a new language, origami, new recipe, HTML code, how to French braid your hair or juggle, or whether it’s mastering a new music instrument or a fancy calligraphy – the buzz, the rush and the pleasure of tapping into the New and Unknown (aka transformations in neurocircuitry) is oh-so-addictive.
In this delicious TEDx Talk, John Green compares learning with the process of cartography, because learning is a way to make the map of our lives better, bigger with more places, where more things and futures might happen. In the words of the speaker, “while maps don’t show you where you will go in your life, they show you where you might go. You very rarely go to a place that isn’t on your personal map.”
So what new territories are you eager to conquer? AKA what it that you would like to master, if time, money, societal pressure, weather, stereotypes, neighbours and anything else weren’t an issue? I would recommend to check out these 43 websites that the world uses to learn something new for free. Dive in!
PURPUSFULLY DIVING INTO THE CREATIVE VORTEX
“When you were on the stage improvising, your aura lit up in a bright electric blue,” – my acting teacher once told my fellow actor. Which made me wonder about what happens when we create? Do each of us experience inspiration differently? Even those without ability to see auras can notice that whilst in the creative Vortex people seem to align with something that is way Greater, if not with the Life itself.
Personally, I savour the sparkling energy, the brain buzz and the sharp focus that the creative process evokes. “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert also notes in her must-see TED Talk, that “the utter maddening capriciousness of the creative process sometimes feels downright paranormal.” Bam.
So how do you access the field of potentiality? Do you write? Draw? Sing? Dance? Colour-code your closet? Decorate cupcakes? Whatever it is, I wish for all of us to intentionally dive into this good-kind-of-madness on the regular basis.
What works for me is finding different ways to stimulate my mind. This list of 29 tips on how to stay creative can be helpful –>
Especially number #4.
So I will go do that.