Are you a creative, looking to make the most out of your day? It can be difficult to get the energy for a focused, structured working day. Whether you are a business owner, creator, marketer, or artist, you need to take some time to prepare yourself for a day full of making what you make. Aimlessly going about your day with no direction is a an easy way to burn finite energy on tasks that don’t push you over the goal line. How can you set yourself up for a day full or creative energy?
1. Wake up with a little extra time.
Wake up 10 minutes before you normally would. Think about how you slept, what dreams you had, and how you feel about the day. This is a small moment where you can have some reflection time. Once the day starts, life sure makes it hard to carve out small moments and by then, your brain will be buzzing with to-do lists and life stress. Pause while you are free from worry.
2. Write down your goals, tasks, and intentions for the day
Keep a journal by your bed or somewhere peaceful that you can take a few moments to sit down and write. Make an aim for the day and a long-term goal that will take more than just a day. Most importantly, jot down some to-do tasks that will help you achieve your daily goal, as well as move you toward your long-term goal. Also, reflect on something you are grateful for, and write it down. These will be nice to look back on in the future.
3. Focus on your surroundings
Inspiration is hiding in our immediate surroundings. Why do you think so many artists and poets throughout history focused their craft around natural forms, landscapes, and the living earth? Look at the colors of the grass, the light reflecting through the trees, or city birds navigating their way through the alleys. You are part of a big, complex world, and focusing on a simple piece of it will do wonders for your mind.
Your surroundings also include your home. Unwanted clutter, piles of unclassified junk, and small messes can really affect your mood, subconsciously. Keep your spaces tidy, and organized. Get rid of things that don’t have a place, aren’t needed, or don’t bring you joy. There is no need to spend an entire day in a room that makes you feel overwhelmed. Set your surroundings straight to avoid mornings of immediate stress on arrival. Your home or studio should be your refuge.
4. Don’t touch your phone
Avoid your phone and social media for the first 20 minutes of your morning (at least!). Checking in and mindlessly scrolling will set your day in a fog. Do you ever give yourself a headache from overloading your eyes with up-and-down fidget motions to keep up with a scrolling feed? This will set your day of for failure physically, and emotionally. Enjoy life without technology for a bit. The constant need for stimuli is a habit that can be overcome with practice. We’ve been getting along without social media for quite a while.. don’t forget that.
5. Learn something or listen to something inspiring
Queue up a podcasts, motivational talk, or mood-setting music. Get yourself ready to take on the day with a little encouragement or new idea. Sometimes, 15 minutes in the shower is the only time to listen to an audiobook or podcast. While short, this time can be enough to learn something new that may be applicable in your artistic or business process. Continue to learn and build your foundation, you never know where your knowledge base might take you. Not feeling a book today? Try some jazz or classical music to set the tone and mood for the rest of the day.
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