I am finding this time of the year, end of summer leading into fall, particularly overwhelming. The year is more than half over (can that possibly be?) and my intentions and goals are way behind where I wanted them to be. There are multiple events and of course the usual fall holiday anticipations to consider and prepare for. What about you?
If you ever experience times of overwhelm – when you have so many things you would like to accomplish in any/all areas of life – consider this routine. I found an article, “This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Clarity and Creativity” which provides a way to both focus and to boost creativity.
The author Benjamin Hardy reminds us of Napoleon Hill’s words, “Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.” If that is the reality, it may be a really good idea to focus that work for our benefit. How does that work? Hardy again quotes Hill: “The subconscious mind will translate into its physical equivalent, by the most direct and practical method available.”
Sounds like a good idea to me, then, to harness that power. Part of the routine described in the article has to do with using a few minutes before you go to bed and within 10 or so minutes of waking up to do the suggested activities. For many of us, checking our electronic devices fill that space both before bed and first thing in the morning. As we do that, we are focusing on input into our thoughts and consciousness. This approach instead puts our attention to output from our subconscious to our conscious in a targeted way. It expands our creativity.
Try This Routine
To summarize the two parts of the routine, Hardy suggests we:
- “Take a few moments before you go to bed to meditate on and write down the things you’re trying to accomplish. Ask yourself loads of questions related to that thing….make some ‘requests.’ Write those questions and thoughts down on paper. The more specific the questions, the more clear will be your answers.
- “Now, first thing in the morning, when your creative brain is most attuned, after its subconscious workout while you slept, start writing down whatever comes to mind about those things.”
You can include any areas of your life – relationships, work, life balance, or anything else you want to address. Perhaps start with one topic. This approach is a routine and also a skill to develop and in which to become proficient. As with all routines or habits, it is a good idea to commit to practicing it for a minimum of 21 days in order to assess its effectiveness for you. I would love to hear how this works for you!
For more details, you can read the entire article here: “This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Clarity and Creativity”
And you can see the books Benjamin Hardy has written here: Books by Benjamin Hardy, PhD