I'm a big believer in the need for everyone to have enough quiet time to think, dream, and create. I've learned it's crucial for my personal sanity. There are so many distractions in our daily lives it is hard to find the time to slow it down, to shut out those distractions, and to just "be". Because of that, our minds rarely get the chance to wander freely.
As life got crazy busy for me this past year, I've had to "sneak" in moments for my creative thoughts to break through the clutter. That means I have become very deliberate in cultivating my quiet. Interestingly I noticed a pattern that developed around the places and spaces where I do my best thinking. Armed with this knowledge, I'm very consciously patterning my new direction in life to allow myself these opportunities.
This week's Question of the Week /Question #5 is :
Where are you when you have your best thoughts?
Close your eyes and think back to your last really great idea. Where were you? What were you doing? Is there a special place that you go to when you need to think things out? Or do thoughts and "aha" moments just randomly hit you? Make sure you explore that randomness to make sure you didn't miss a pattern where the creative thoughts and ideas come to you most often.
Consciously making time for our creative space, and giving ourselves the opportunity to be in the places where we have our best thoughts is like giving a gift to ourselves. I hope you will pay attention to those spaces and places in your life where your creativity shines. Make space for them in your life and part of your plan to become A Better You.
I've realized my best thoughts come from 5 main places.
1. When I'm driving. (I don't text and drive; I write and drive).
2. When I'm cleaning (I'm especially inspired while vacuuming).
3. When I'm sleeping. (Too bad I cannot write and sleep at the same time).
4. When I'm laying in the sun....(I fill notebooks with my words).
5. When I walk. (I use my phone's recorder to collect my thoughts).
Have a great weekend filled with quiet time for YOU.
P.S. Next week we will be reviewing answers to our first five questions and searching for common themes. I hope you are keeping all your answers in a journal so you can refer to them for reference.