TOP5 rules to unleash your creativity
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.” Music wasn’t just a hobby for Lou Reed. Inventing wasn’t just a hobby for Steve Jobs. They dedicated their best work to their creative endeavors. Lots and lots of people are creative when they feel like it, but you are only going to become a professional if you do it when you don’t feel like it.
Creative work is hard. It’s painful. It takes a whole lot of time. And if you don’t consciously set aside that time, it won’t happen.
1. Put creative work first.
Setting aside time every day to do creative work keeps your momentum going.
2. Your inbox can wait. Seriously, it can.
Most of us compulsively check email without stopping to think about it. Why? The same reason it’s hard to resist piling your plate high with bad-for-you foods at a buffet.
3. Recognize your body’s limits.
Our bodies follow ultradian rhythms, cycles that last around 90 minutes–at which point most people max out their capacity to work at their optimal leve
4. Set boundaries and dive deep within them.
Try making rules for yourself and see what happens. George Harrison, lead guitarist of the Beatles, told himself one day that he would pick up a book at random, open it and write a song about whatever words he read first.
5. Start today.
Striving for perfection in everything you do can be so daunting it keeps you from getting started in the first place.