You Must Know Thyself to Create
The most creative people are highly self-conscious. They study their minds to know what it needs and they observe their bodies to learn when it functions best.
It is important for creatives to take the time to learn and understand who they are and what works or doesn’t work for them.
There are many things that affect our creative process without us even knowing it. Sometimes it is tiny distractions. Other times it’s the loud hip-hop playing in the background or the pile of dishes in the sink. Some other times it’s the cellphone. Other times, it just happens to be the time of day we are creating.
When you know and understand yourself, the decisions you make, and why you make them work in helping you create work that is in alignment with you.
Here are some things to consider when creating your next masterpiece:
I. Early Bird vs Night Owl
When it comes to choosing the best time to create, everybody is different. There is no one size fits all, and you can’t do what another person is doing. What works for me may make you want you to pull your hair out!
And what works for you may put me to sleep and transport me off to never-never land!
You are unique and therefore have to do what works best for you.
Most people like to wake up bright and early. This is when their brain does its best work. And also because they have some worms to catch! Early birds get the worm, after all!
There is something in the early morning air that is rejuvenating once you kick yourself out of the bed and get the sleep out of your eyes! Early birds can do their most creative projects early on in the day when their soul is wide awake!
For night owls, night time is energizing. It is when their brain wakes up. They come alive in the darkness and channel it into magic! A night owl’s mind is alert when other minds are unconscious. They feel stronger and more alert after sunset.
There is a level of creativity in the air at midnight and midday that you can hardly find at any other time. When the world is falling asleep is when their soul awakens to play.
For night owls, nighttime is when creative ideas come to them effortlessly.
By learning who you are and understanding yourself, you can harness your creative writing genius! When you know what time you come alive, it helps you structure different projects to fit into the time of day that you work best.
II. Silence vs Music
The Mozart Effect suggests that listening to some music can help with certain creative tasks. However, there’s a case to be made for working in complete silence!
Does silence put you in a reflective and meditative state that gets your hands moving effortlessly across the keyboard? For certain cognitive and creative tasks, you need silence more than anything.
For creative projects that require a good amount of thinking, silence is key!
Music can help with certain tasks, but those tasks usually don’t require a lot of cognitive demand. Painters can do their best work with music playing in the background. They can choose to sing along without it affecting their train of brush strokes!
A dancer dances better with music. Some writers may write better when there is Mozart or some binaural beats playing in the background.
But music with lyrics is sometimes distracting when it sparks new ideas which can cause a loss of interest in your current creative project when you stop one to begin another.
Music can interrupt your thinking when you stop in your ‘thought train tracks’ to channel your best Bob Marley!
III. Serene vs Chaotic
Our minds are constantly on the go with thoughts, memories, and emotions. When you’re working hard, giving your mind a break is crucial. This can be done by giving the body a chance to slow down. Or stopping to go out for a walk just to smell some roses along the way!
Allowing your ‘self’ a snack break when working on an important project along with drinking plenty of water fuels a creative’s brain and gives them more power to channel creative ideas.
Allowing the mind to relax and get away from the rush of daily activities is crucial for a creatives mind. By doing a simple meditation, you commit to understanding yourself better. You will feel more serene, less stressed, and more intuitive.
Most creatives achieve these serene states of mind by working in a clean and organized environment. Mess and clutter can weigh heavily on the mind and prevent you from doing your best work.
The most productive creatives have a clear understanding of who they are and when they are in their best frame of mind, and then they use it to their advantage.
You’ll be more productive with less effort when you know yourself. Authenticity allows you to tap into inspiration effortlessly without needing to use willpower, discipline, and self-control to get things done.
Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, sleep is vital to your health. The right amount of sleep is essential for tranquility and living a happy and healthy life.
Whether you choose that Bob Marley song or opt for silence, you know you best. If you learn what works for you, you can use it for your benefit.
Staying focused and motivated is easier to do in a serene environment because it removes distractions and gives you the peace of mind needed for success.
Once you know who you are and what works best for you, you can create work that is aligned with you.