Why Your Creativity Needs Boundaries to Thrive The first few years after I decided to take my creative writing seriously, I couldn't overcome the nagging feeling that my fiction was simply a glorified hobby—like knitting or fishing. Plenty of people helped reinforce that. I'd be at a party filled with people who worked sensible office jobs when someone would find out I was writing a novel and tell me they'd been meaning to take up the hobby themselves—if only they had more time. But it's hard to justify carving out time every day in your busy schedule for "just a hobby." Creative work is hard. An interview with Godin appears in the book, Manage Your Day-to-Day, put out by 99U. 1. Setting aside time every day to do creative work keeps your momentum going. Cal Newport, a writer and professor at Georgetown University, calls these periods of uninterrupted creative work "daily focus blocks." 2. Most of us compulsively check email without stopping to think about it. 3. 4. Try making rules for yourself and see what happens. 5.
The Myth of Multitasking: How "Doing It All" Gets Nothing Done (9780470372258): Dave Crenshaw The Stoic: 9 Principles to Help You Keep Calm in Chaos Observing individuals who lead a creative life, we can identify elements of expertise, grit, an understanding, and passion. What’s easy to overlook is the inner system within an individual—the set of principles that govern their mind and behavior. When failure ensues or the need to adapt is necessary, how does one respond? What do they tell themselves? Not only does philosophy teach us how to live well and become better humans, but it can also aid in overcoming life’s trials and tribulations. The principles within Stoicism are, perhaps, the most relevant and practical sets of rules for entrepreneurs, writers, and artists of all kinds. How can we lead a fulfilling, happy life? The goal of Stoicism is to attain inner peace by overcoming adversity, practicing self-control, being conscious of our impulses, realizing our ephemeral nature and the short time allotted—these were all meditative practices that helped them live with their nature and not against it. 1. “Today I escaped anxiety. 2.
Category:Creativity Techniques This A to Z of Creativity and Innovation Techniques, provides an introduction to a range of tools and techniques for both idea generation (Creativity) and converting those ideas into reality (Innovation). Like most tools these techniques all have their good and bad points. I like to think of these creativity and innovation techniques as tools in a toolbox in much the same way as my toolbox at home for DIY. It has a saw, spanner, hammer, knife and all sorts of other things in it, they are all very useful, but you have to pick the right tool (creativity / Innovation technique) for each job. This site will try and provide a little guidance along with each tool to let you know whether it's best used for cutting paper or putting in nails. For the future, the aim is to also have sub-categories which will identify Techniques for; Problem Definition - including problem analysis, redifinition, and all aspects associated with defining the problem clearly. Subcategories
The Multitasking Myth (Ashgate Studies in Human Factors for Flight Operations) (9780754679974): Loukia D. Loukopoulos, R. Key Dismukes, Immanuel Barshi Best Articles There are enough articles on this site to fill two books, so it can sometimes be daunting to know where to start. Below are what many consider to be my “greatest hits,” the articles that have been the most popular, the most shared, or had the greatest effect on readers’ lives. I’ve listed the best 5-6 posts in four different categories: Self Improvement, Life Choices, Dating and Relationships, and Culture. Self Improvement The Most Important Question of Your Life – Best post to start with to understand the underlying philosophy of my work. Stop Trying to Be Happy – Why pursuing happiness just pushes it further away from you and how to get around this problem. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck – A fun, satirical and potty-mouthed article looking at what we choose to care about and why. Find What You Love and Let It Kill You – Each and every second we come closer to death, the question is how do you want to get yourself there? Life Choices Minimalism – Why living with less is often more.
The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes by Maria Popova “Attention is an intentional, unapologetic discriminator. It asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that.” “How we spend our days,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timelessly beautiful meditation on presence over productivity, “is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Horowitz begins by pointing our attention to the incompleteness of our experience of what we conveniently call “reality”: Right now, you are missing the vast majority of what is happening around you. This adaptive ignorance, she argues, is there for a reason — we celebrate it as “concentration” and welcome its way of easing our cognitive overload by allowing us to conserve our precious mental resources only for the stimuli of immediate and vital importance, and to dismiss or entirely miss all else. Minor clashes between my dog’s preferences as to where and how a walk should proceed and my own indicated that I was experiencing almost an entirely different block than my dog.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Does Creativity Make You Happy? Pin It One of my favourite writers on creativity is the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In this video of his TED talk, he explains the concept of flow for which he is famous. Flow is his answer to the question ‘What makes human beings happy?’ – ‘An almost automatic, effortless, yet highly focused state of consciousness’ that we can experience when devoting ourselves to a meaningful challenge. In one of the slides in his TED presentation, Csikszentmihalyi outlines the main characteristics of flow, which you may relate to from your own experience: How Does It Feel to Be in Flow? Bandwidth Nirvana Early in the talk, Csikszentmihalyi presents us with the following description by a leading composer, of his experience while composing music: You are in an ecstatic state to such a point that you feel as though you almost don’t exist. This sounds like a mystical experience, yet Csikszentmihalyi offers a scientific explanation. Spontaneity Takes Practice Takeaway: Practice, practice, practice!
Inspiring Channel - Puja 30 Days: Percorso esclusivo e inedito con PujaCristina Puja 30 Days Programma esclusivo e inedito composto da un libro di lavoro con esercizi di riflessione mentale per disintossicare le mente e rinforzare l’anima + 30 audio ‘doppi’ giornalieri’ Il percorso sintetizza 40 anni di studi e ricerche di PujaCristina sugli insegnamenti di maestri spirituali di rilievo internazionale come Deepak Chopra, Louise H.Hay, Abraham/Hicks, Osho, Tony Robbins, e molti altri.. Un sentiero da percorrere quotidianamente per un mese guidati dall’esperienza e dalla sensibilità di PujaCristina, per imparare a sviluppare quel livello di consapevolezza che vi aiuterà a raggiungere un profondo stato di pace, serenità e armonia con se stessi e con tutto ciò di cui l’Universo e la Natura ci circondano. Il percorso in 30 giorni sarà solo l’inizio, perché una volta apprese le abitudini potenzianti che PujaCristina vi insegnerà sarete in grado di replicarle autonomamente ogni volta che ne avrete bisogno :) Il programma Puja 30 Days è composto da: NB.
7 Deadly Sins of Creativity Email Creativity is not just for artists and poets. Everybody has the potential to exercise their creative mind – to innovate new ways of accomplishing things that will ultimately make life easier and more gratifying. Creativity magnifies the effectiveness of our natural talents, generating elevated levels of success and happiness by helping us discover more efficient ways to do what we love to do. Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. - Franklin D. Roosevelt Acts of creativity can be found in every facet of life. Now, it’s to be expected that there will be ups and downs in our levels of creativity. 1. Knowledge and attention are absolute necessities. The first steps the brain takes when tackling a creative venture are actually governed by logic, not creativity. 2. Enthusiasm is the lifeblood of creativity. 3. 4. If you hope to exercise your creativity, you must get over your fear of failure. 5. 6. 7.