The Power of A Peaceful Day
I know you're probably ahead of me on this one, as I do hint at the technique in the headline. So first of all, I want to run through the theory with you. Just to make you see how important it is. And it is, believe me, extremely important if you want to do more per hour, instead of doing more hours. Okay, let's begin.
You can increase your creativity by having a full day of peace and quiet. Sounds good doesn't it? The thing is, your mind will now be coming up with reasons why you cannot achieve this. You might never get chance to have even a minute's peace and quiet, let alone a full day!
I am therefore going to prove to you that you simply must achieve a full day of peace and quiet. Not half a day, not six hours. A full day! Right from getting out of your pit in a morning 'till you go to bed at night. Total silence and quiet.
Allow me to ask you a bit of a funny question. Do you speak out loud when you're on your own? Be totally honest with yourself here. There's only you in the room.
Now, if you said 'no' then what I'd like you to do over the next week is to notice if you do say something when you're alone, and have a count up. I reckon you'll be shocked.
Before you think I'm off my trolley, I'm not talking about having a conversation with yourself. I'm not talking fruitcakes here. I'm talking about things you say, during the day, which are reactions to what's going on around you.
For example, when you get up you might say, "Good morning!" to yourself. When you're hungry you might say, "Right, tea time!". When you yawn you might say, "Oh dear, I'm a bit shattered". Whatever words pass your lips when there's no one else around, counts here.
What about when you cut yourself? Do you keep shtum? I doubt it. You'll probably say, "Oh flipping heck, look what I've done." Or something similar!
If you said 'yes' to my funny question, then let me tell you what you're actually doing, apart from the obvious.
What you do when you speak out loud is bring whatever you say to the top or your consciousness. That is, you focus on it. Say, for instance, you had a job to do and it was a bit difficult. You might say out loud, "I'll never get this done, it's too difficult!" After you've said this, all you'd think about was the fact that it's too difficult and that you'd never get it done. This would tell the subconscious mind not to bother helping you to do it. Without the subconscious mind to help you, you're doomed to failure.
On the other hand, you might say, "I will finish this. I can do it." This is good. Your inner mind would immediately get stuck in and help you with ideas. However, this reaction is
rare as a knee jerk response. Most of the things you say out loud are stopping you from achieving what you want to do. It's a highly natural and automatic response, which you cannot control. Or can you?
There is a way to control it and it's simple. All you do is keep your lips firmly shut for one full day. Not a peep. Nada, zipo, zilch and nothing. Completely silent.
Now, I'm not asking you to ignore people here. What a crazy person people would think you were if, when you picked up the phone you said, "Mewo. Mooizit". (Hello, who is it?)
I'm asking you to plan a full day where no one will interrupt you. That way you won't have to ignore people.
When you do this you will find that you get a hell of a lot more done. I was really shocked when I tried this technique. It makes perfect sense though, really.
Think of it like this. There are two people working on a job. One is positive about it. The other is negative. As the positive person starts to get on with things, the negative person will try to distract them. The job will still get done, but not as quick as if you bound and gagged the negative person up first! This is ultimately what you're doing with this technique. Keeping any negativity quiet, just until the job's done.
Now, although it's not that difficult to keep shtum for a day, you would appear extremely rude to people if you ignore them. So now I want to talk about tackling this enemy of creativity.
I use the word enemy in a liberal sense. Not to suggest slaying anyone who interrupts your peaceful day. Simply to let you see what you're up against, and how to get around it.
The concept of having a peaceful day is a must for developing creativity. You know that. But how the hell do you plan a peaceful day, when you've got so many things that can spoil it?
Before I tell you some ways to generate a peaceful day, let me tell you that most of the techniques are pretty much common sense, really. They don't take much working out. It's the combination of the techniques that's important.
It's the combination that provides the outcome. The outcome of a peaceful day. It's the combination that dispels all the internal chatter and negative thoughts. It's the combination that allows you to focus your energies on whatever it is you want to do.
Okay, here are the preliminaries:
Set a goal to have a peaceful day in two weeks time. (You can increase or decrease this time period, depending on how busy you are. Add a week if you're chock-a-block. Subtract a week if you're slack.)
Over the next few days, tell people who call regularly that you're not going to be in
on your chosen day. You might have to tell a porky or two here. Try to find an excuse that works.
Arrange for everyone who lives in the same house as you to be 'out' that particular day.
A few days before your peaceful day, make it so that you'll have nothing to do on that day. Get everything tidied up, prepare your food for the day etc.
Get yourself a pad of paper and a pen.
Find an interesting book to read on that day.