The Elementary School Lesson That Can Boost Your Creativity

When you’re in elementary school, you read the story of The Tortoise and the Hare as you are taught the mantra “a slow, steady pace wins the race.” While some aspects of elementary school are no longer applicable (things regarding pogs, jelly shoes, and how to keep your Tomagatchi alive, for example) other parts of your early learning days still make sense. The phrase “slow steady pace wins the race” is definitely one of them.

As a writer, I have highs and lows. I’m either pitching four websites, writing three posts for my own blog, and recording a video, or all I want to do is sit on my couch and watch Teen Mom 2. Okay, I always want to do that, but that’s not the point. The point is that creativity often comes in bursts, and this can make it difficult to remain productive. One day I’m trying to do so many things that I don’t have time to get to them all, and the next day I’m worn out and don’t even want to open up my computer.

I think other creative types are like this too, and I know that it’s a common problem for entrepreneurs. When you’re feeling creative, you want to do 9,000 things. Then you end up tiring yourself out both physically and mentally, so the next day you can’t even tackle two items on your list. To deal with this problem, I’m trying to plan out my week ahead of time instead of just working spontaneously. I currently have a notepad (and some sticky notes) full of projects I want to start and tasks that I have to take care of. I’m splitting them up throughout the week, instead of trying to do 50 of them in one sitting, failing, and then feeling tired for the next two days. While creative energy is empowering, it can also drain you quickly if you don’t use it wisely.

Do you have highs and lows when it comes to your creativity? How do you stay energized and focused?

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