October 02, 2008
Getting productive today just ain’t happening. Rather than focusing on critical tasks, you find yourself spinning your effectiveness wheels.
HOW OTHERS GET INSPIRATION:
- 19th century landscape painter J. Turner stated he would tie himself to the mast of a ship during a violent storm in order to feel the power of the sea he was about to paint.
- Voltaire would write using his lover’s back as a desk.
- Poet Edith Sitwell would lie quietly in a coffin for inspiration before writing her dark literature.
- Benjamin Franklin would soak in a bathtub while writing.
- There are probably undiscovered methods out there that would work for you.
- Write down a time frame that you dedicate to set aside right now for adjusting your state of mind (4 minutes works, or take more to relax).
- Write down a task you want to get accomplished after you have yourself “regulated” mentally. Could be the one you are avoiding.
- Start in on your 4 minutes using one or more of the methods below, one that you know works for you.
- Acknowledge any non-productive feeling. Label it – anxious, worried, mad, etc.
- Find a method to connect your mind with your body. For example, step through each of the 5 senses and ask yourself what you are experiencing with each.
- Focus on an internal point of reference for concentration, rather than submitting to external distractions. For example, think about your neck relaxing, or your brain revving up to work a big problem.
- Look for humor in something if you need your spirits lifted. (Try hanging around a playground if you have time).
- Tie yourself to the mast of a ship and drift in the Gulf (works best during hurricane season).
- Have selected music on an iPod or ready in your car to escape.
- After you have done one or more of the above or one of your own choosing, shift your focus back to the task at hand.