As a creative professional, it's not always easy to balance the "creative" and the "professional."
Have you had those days - you show up at your workspace on time with a long list of projects and calls for the day, but things never quite click? Producing podcasts for Spartan is unrelenting. I have 7 shows coming out every week. I need to do more than just check the boxes, on those off days the focus and creativity never really show up. But if I do these three things before breakfast I know the day will kick into high gear.
1. Go outside
I take 10 minutes to take the dog to the river. I know that's not possible for everyone. The key is to rip yourself out of the digital force field that is an inevitable part of our lives and hit pause. There's no mental agenda for this time. Just be. Walk, look, listen, smell, feel and let your mind wander. Nature is a powerful force and we've evolved to be a part of it. Let it work its magic on you.
2. 10 minutes of Yoga
I found a great morning Yoga routine on YouTube that is suitable for beginners. From the moment I wake up my daily to-do list starts spinning, and it's too easy for me to feel I don't have time for Yoga. The 10-minute routine helps me overcome that. In that short 10 minutes it works the physical kinks out, includes some breath work, and a tiny taste of mindfulness. (I use this one)
When I was a teenager I had a journal that I wrote in every now and then, but it was always looking backward. I wrote about what had I done, experience, or felt in the day or week gone by. This journal is different. I write about how I want to be and set the tone for the day to come. Not a to-do list but a to BE list. It's also an opportunity to work through ideas I'm processing. New techniques or philosophies I read about or hear about in podcasts. These prime the pump for a more creative, focused, productive day.
How do you start your day? Is it working for you?
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