Effects of (and Remedies for) Scatterbrain Creativity

Creativity_NithyanandaCreativity can be fun. If it flows on its own.

Creative input and output are generated in every area of our lives: at home, work, play. We subconsciously tap in when we read or write or watch and observe. To a greater or lesser degree, we are all creative.

Incorporating breathing, meditation and relaxation exercises are useful in that they help to unblock flow but here’s a tool I bet doesn’t readily come to mind: recording! I’m not referring to the recording practiced by NLP devotees but rather the usage of an actual recording device. Here’s why.

You know the feeling when you are anxious or over excited? Overstimulation can go either way — it can heighten or decrease your level of creativity, resulting in supraliminal cognition or brain fog, the latter of which is never fun. We’ve all been there and we know it’s temporary and will subside until flow, which seemingly has a mind of its own, is released.

But what happens when you are positively impacted and you are unable to stop the thoughts tumbling over like a tsunami brainwave? Don’t worry — you are not borderline bipolar, nor are you “careless” or anything else the dictionary prescribes. Your brain is simply multi-tasking, like when you’re at your desk typing / talking on the phone / eating lunch. Or when you’re burping the baby / reading / watching TV. Your mind racing with new ideas is great, but unless you can compartmentalize them you are defeating the purpose because at scatterbrain levels your juices will go as quickly as they came. The goal would then be to contain overflow, which leads to scatterbrain creativity (a.k.a., “chronic creativity”), ultimately resulting in an unproductive outcome.

Like a fantastic dream you don’t want to awake from, you want the floodgates of genius to flow for as long as possible. Here are five easy tips to sustain the flow when it arrives:

1. Physically stop what you’re doing and find a place which offers a peaceful, tranquil and comfortable environment. Most people work best in a quiet space, while others can sit in a coffee spot and still flow generously.

2. Take a deep breath and meditate for about three minutes. Mindfully find that place that allows you to relax and clear your thoughts. Recognize that a gift is about to present itself to you, and allow the creative gods to write your thoughts. Breathing deep sends signals to your brain chakra, clearing the way for it to regain focus.

3. Keep a recorder nearby (I use the one on my iPhone). Most times the flow comes when you least expect it. Recording is much easier than writing and if your mind is racing a mile a minute you don’t want to run the risk of losing the train of thought while searching for that pen or piece of paper.

4. When nature calls, listen and respond in kind. Don’t just listen; venture out and play. Appreciate all that is God-given because this is the only place “outside” your brain that you’ll get that extra cup of creative juice!

5. The exception to the “recorder” tip is when you’re about to retire for the night. Instead of storing a recorder by your bed — keep a pen and notepad close at hand for those hypnagogic moments when you are at your creative height. Recording is also a bad idea because your mind chatter will manifest into word chatter and unless you have an amazing memory which most of don’t have when they awake from a dream, you’ll replay it in the morning and wonder how Alvin and the Chipmunks managed to seep into your subconscious and utter not a word you understand.

Extra tip:

When you’re in chronic creativity mode it can last for hours; sometimes days! Not a good thing if it doesn’t turn off before bedtime. To prevent insomnia, do a few breathing and relaxation exercises first, preceding some chamomile tea or warm milk, or whatever usually works for you. 

Bonus tip:
Create good creative habits and you will learn to anchor and bring your creativity home. Whatever you do, be smart. Do not sleep with your smartphone by your side.

 

Caryn Chow is an author, speaker, media personality and Founder/CEO of Flight My Fire™, the aviation-inspired mentoring company that empowers you to fly outside your limits.  She’s also a  coach on call for Change Your Attitude, Change Your life on iheartradio/WOR710am, frequent blogger for The Huffington Post Healthy Living/GPS for the Soul/Third Metric, contributor editor for 24/Seven which features articles by Joel Osteen, Elizabeth Lesser, Dr. Mark Hyman, etc., and a founding member of the John Maxwell Leadership Team.

 

 

 

Share small business news, blogs and social media tips with Project Eve’s community of small business owners and entrepreneurs today. Our contributors come from a wide range of backgrounds; so whether you are a small business owner, social media strategist, financial adviser, serial entrepreneur, or write an amateur blog we urge you to contribute a blog to our 500,000+ community today. For more information, please refer to our Content Submissions Guidelines.

Add a Blog

15 COMMENTS

  1. 557951 599755Hey this really is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or in the event you need to manually code with HTML. Im starting a weblog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated! 230269

  2. 48786 166926Trop excitant de mater des femmes lesbiennes en train de se doigter la chatte pour se faire jouir. En plus sur cette bonne petite vid o porno hard de lesb X les deux jeunes lesbienne sont trop excitantes et super sexy. Des pures beaut de la nature avec des courbes parfaites, les filles c est quand v 212560

  3. Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My website addresses a lot of the same topics as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Excellent blog by the way!

  4. Thanks for your thoughts. One thing we’ve noticed is that often banks and financial institutions are aware of the spending practices of consumers and also understand that a lot of people max out and about their credit cards around the vacations. They properly take advantage of this kind of fact and begin flooding a person’s inbox in addition to snail-mail box having hundreds of Zero APR credit card offers just after the holiday season ends. Knowing that if you’re like 98 of the American open public, you’ll jump at the one opportunity to consolidate personal credit card debt and transfer balances for 0 apr interest rates credit cards.

  5. Hi! I’ve been reading your website for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  6. Thanks for the suggestions about credit repair on your site. The thing I would tell people is usually to give up a mentality that they’ll buy now and pay back later. Being a society we tend to try this for many issues. This includes holidays, furniture, along with items we’d like. However, you should separate your current wants out of the needs. As long as you’re working to improve your credit rating score actually you need some sacrifices. For example you can shop online to save money or you can visit second hand outlets instead of costly department stores to get clothing.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here