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5 Ways to Be Efficiently Creative

I often a word card to focus my daily journaling, and many times that then leads to a blog post. The word recently was Efficiency. So apropos, particularly lately as I find myself sometimes scattered in my writing commitments.

Efficiency: to be efficient, to work tidily, concise, linear. Okay, there was probably a divine hand intervening as I chose a card this day!

As a creative, Winding staircaseliving in her right brain world, I often ponder the notion of efficiency. It can be a challenge in there, inside my right brain dwelling.

Some rooms, if you will, are more colorful, whimsical and intricately imagined than the one before it. And, then many of the rooms are partially furnished, need paint on the walls and proper lighting. Some are dimly lit, or even completely dark.

Sometimes the right brain is like Hearst's Castle - winding staircases that lead to staircases on the way to secret passageways full of bubbling ideas and stories dying to be told.

 

So how to bring efficiency in that place that wants to stay wild and free from constriction?

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Create a system. To be efficient is to complete the work within a system that flows. I've been successful by breaking projects into segments and managing my time accordingly within the time allotted to each segment. I set my timer for 28 minutes, and then when the buzzer rings I give myself permission to set another 28 minutes on that project or move on to another one for 28 minutes. I like 28 minutes for many reasons, one them being the number 28 in numerology equals both 1 and 10, symbolically meaning the beginning and the end, which gives me a perfect time capsule. 

  1. Honor the gestation period but don't get lost there. The gestation period before birthing a project is my favorite part - the creation, nurturing the characters as they come to live, researching and building the world. Watching each phase develop like an expectant mother.
  2. Be consistent. Chip away at it every day. 
  3. Organize and prioritize.  Write down all your pending projects. Determine how much time you need for each task/project and get the small ones out of the way first. Then, check them off the list.
  4. Track your progress. It feels great to take a few moments at the end of each day or week and look at what you've accomplished. Just focus on that rather than what you haven't completed yet. There's plenty of time for that again tomorrow morning when you plan your work and then work your plan. Again. 
  5. Ask for help where you're lacking. If you get bogged down in the research phase, or keeping the books on your business, or cleaning your house, and those are what keep you from completing your projects, then ask for help in those areas. The minimal investment is worth it. 

And, have fun with the notion of efficiency! Experiment and try on new ways of completion. But, it's a gentle dance. Never let it get in the way of your joy of creation. 

 


What's Your Body Symphony?

 

I’ve been spending a couple of days at the ocean, in a place that takes a few u-turns to find. There’s not much here, but oh how I love it. After being in a space of disconnect of late, I could not have picked a more apropos location to reconnect.

BodySymphonyThere’s something about the sound frequency of ocean waves that reignite my engine. In fact, research shows that the frequency of ocean waves connects with your brain waves to create a restorative sense of calm. And, we hear ocean waves via ultrasound waves, but we actually feel the vibrations in our bodies via infrasound frequencies generated by the ocean, vibrations that connect to the body’s chakras or energy points.

 My solar plexus hums, creating the base for my body’s symphony. There’s something very foundational about it.

Ah, a plethora of melodies, chords and dissonance that when fully tuned and in alignment with its conductor, source, my creator, the cacophony becomes harmony and a masterpiece plays out. And, today, the ocean is the downbeat for one glorious concerto!  

I am my body symphony, which is electric. It got me thinking about “I Sing My Body Electric,” the infamous words by Walt Whitman rewritten into this song from FAME, about connecting to that something that electrifies you:

“I sing the body electric
I celebrate the me yet to come
I toast to my own reunion
When I become one with the sun

And I'll look back on Venus
I'll look back on Mars
And I'll burn with the fire of ten million stars
And in time
And in time
We will all be stars

I sing the body electric
I glory in the glow of rebirth
Creating my own tomorrow
When I shall embody the earth.”


The ocean connects me to my own body electric, like nothing else. My veins are wires plugged into the ocean’s current, veins that are the strings – violins, violas and cellos – of the body symphony, and in a matter of hours I feel more alive.

In the middle of the city this surge through my heart can at times feel restless and wanting. But, here it pumps with a velocity and vitality that requires breathing deeply.

What is your body symphony? What makes your soul hum and your heart sing? Go there. Reconnect. 

Encore!