It was 2010 when a collaboration partner introduced me to Snowden McFall a 29 year entrepreneur, professional speaker and author of 5 books, including Fired Up!, and Stress Express! She’s definitely an extrovert and a fabulously motivating person. When you just read her emails or hear her speak, you’ll know what this means.
This is one of her recent newsletter articles. Whether you want to Boo a noisy brain, or just invite in creativity this guest post is loaded with introvert, even extrovert wisdom.
6 Ways to #Quiet the Brain and Boost #Creativity
If you’re like most busy professionals, you have very little time for yourself. Deadlines, meetings, reports, quotas, metrics, family, life obligations all take a toll on us. Your brain is constantly going. You have “cerebral congestion” or “cognitive overload.”
A study by LexisNexis of 1,700 white collar workers in the U.S., China, South Africa, the U.K. and Australia showed employees spend more than half their workdays receiving and managing data rather than using it to do their jobs; 50% confessed that they were reaching a breaking point.
For most people, there is very little quiet time in your life, voids of space where you can just relax, think and innovate. And that’s a mistake you can’t afford to make.
Most of our best ideas come from quiet time. Hundreds of great concepts that later became life-improving products originated in the shower.
Several companies now encourage employees to take Fridays to work on whatever project they wish- whether it’s part of their job description or not. Some of these companies’ best innovations resulted. But if there’s no time, no quiet space, no daydreaming, there’s very little room for innovation.
How Can You Get More Quiet Time?
- cut down on meetings in your organization. Ask- could this be accomplished in an email or memo? If you’re in charge, make a guideline that all meetings get done in 15 minutes or less. Tell people in advance to laser their thoughts.
- exercise-And instead of watching TV, talking on the phone or reading emails while you’re doing it, just be quiet. Play soothing environmental music. Or get outside. Let your brain wander while you are in nature.
- sleep– Everyone needs at least 7 hours. Sleep is critical to your overall health, well-being and memory. In true restful sleep, your brain synthesizes through various levels of consciousness and replenishes itself. The quiet of sleep is absolutely necessary for sanity, not to mention performance and achievement.
- meditate. Even if it is only for 10 minutes a day, taking the time to be quiet and go inside, listen, and breathe deeply can give the brain a vital rest.
- take your vacation time. In 2013, most Americans left 4 vacation days unused. Don’t take your laptop or respond to emails on vacation. Be truly off the grid and come back refreshed and revitalized.
- get outside in nature. The new field of ecopsychology demonstrates that spending time in nature relaxes the brain, restores the body and spirit.
Copyright 2014 Snowden McFall, professional speaker and 5 time author. If you like her message, you’ll find more at www.firedupnow.com