Busy Work

2 / 2 | Challenge Work Vacuum | Unlocking Time + Creativity As Work

 

'Picking up something new in this context is a distraction from your feelings and thoughts. Use the time to do what you are creatively or instinctively drawn to in the moment.'

Challenge Work Vacuum

Do you want to test out a Work Vacuum without taking a vacation? Take a 30-day diet of no TV, movies or box sets, no news media of any kind, no social media or magazines, no reading, no networking, no drinking alcohol and no socialising or networking. I would encourage you to throw in a couple of silent days each week while you’re at it. This will heighten your sensitivity to your inner voice.

Reading non-fiction self-development books is allowed but a maximum of only one hour a day. No eating or drinking non-alcoholic drinks more than you normally would to placate any feelings that come up during the challenge.

1 / 2 | The Creative Loop | Unlocking Time + Creativity As Work

 

'We miss this because we are overwhelmed by our own busyness. We fail to realise how distracted we are by the knock-on coping mechanisms, good or bad, that we turn to without question day in and day out.'

The Creative Loop

We’re always struggling against the clock. Literally pulled from pillar to post to deliver any number of project and business objectives. Even if we’re in a position or role of focussed responsibilities we’re likely still battling with time and spread too thinly. Despite the stress and overwhelm, it may even be that we’re getting the opportunity to do some creative work in our day to day working lives.

This rare respite from the onslaught of busyness is just enough for the grass to always appear greener. Indeed, engaging with the moment of creativity can leave us dissatisfied with the rest of our expanding and never-ending workload. Contrary to our heartfelt instincts the surrounding overwhelm forces us to retreat further from the unknowns and challenges of exploring our creativity, especially at work, where budgets and deadlines loom large.

4 / 4 | Conscious Connection | Change To Changed | This Year vs Last

Conscious Connection

In Part 3 - Conscious Communication I talked about the experience of different, forgotten and new forms of communication and how they can influence change if we take the time to remember and engage with them. In Conscious Connection I summarise the most important external and internal outcomes and milestones reached in my post-SLC world so far and how you can take the next step in your creative journey.

3 / 4 | Conscious Communication | Change To Changed | This Year vs Last

Conscious Communication

In Part 2 - Conscious Creativity I covered some of the ways I was able to re-engage with my creativity consciously once I had made the time and space. In Conscious Communication I talk about the experience of different, forgotten and new forms of both external and internal communication. 

Whether we realise it or not we communicate with ourselves, with intimate others, and with the greater whole all of the time. We are never truly switched off. Through life experience and life change we develop and grow into an intention to meet the world more authentically, regardless of the change that might result, whether it is wanted or not. This is the only real way we can communicate consciously. 

2 / 4 | Conscious Creativity | Change To Changed | This Year vs Last

Conscious Creativity

In Part 1 - Conscious Change I talked about the concept of Breaking Your Busy and Significant Life Change. Here, in Conscious Creativity I cover off some of the catalysts and triggers that led me to realise and accept that I had no real choice but to make a seemingly abrupt significant change in the interest of reconnecting with my creativity. Neglect of my creative instinct was, I believed, at the heart of my dissatisfaction and despondency.

1 / 4 | Conscious Change | Change To Changed | This Year vs Last

Conscious Change

While reviewing and editing I noticed that each of the outcomes included in my review of This Year vs Last Year fell, without my thinking about it, as if by magic, into the conscious action categories for living and working a better life that I’d defined in my shiny nearly new Author Biography. I’d written and published my bio on my website and various other book retailers including Amazon over three months earlier and added these actions almost as an afterthought as I was rushing impatiently to get it live.