Here we are, smack dab in the middle of some gorgeous New York weather!
After the long winter we had (Little House on the Prairie title reference intended), I certainly don't want to sit inside and write.
But I have to.
I have deadlines. Like my weekly email to you.
So what can you do when you're sitting listlessly at your desk, resting your chin in your hand, and staring out the window at all the people frolicking outside? When your desire to play outside drives every possible creative idea out of your head? When you just can't get started, even though you know that getting started will help you finish faster and allow you some playtime?
What if you JUST. CAN'T. THINK.????
The truth is that this predicament happens to everyone. And not infrequently.
But I'm pretty sure you'll like this solution. And it even has some scientific backing. And it doesn't involve writing at all.
What's the answer?
Take a walk. Outside. In the fresh air. Minus the cell phone.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of getting unplugged, and this tip is in that same vein. I love walking. I absolutely looooove it. Though living in New York City certainly provides me some fascinating scenery, I love walking anywhere and everywhere. I've always found that it helps calm me down and helps me focus in the same way that yoga does. But I never realized that other people have that same experience.
A Stanford survey found that you can actually produce 60% more creative output during and just after a walk. Isn't that insane? It doesn't matter if you walk indoors or outdoors (so you can't blame your lack of creativity on bad weather!); it is the act of walking that boosts creative inspiration.
So how can you use this to your advantage?
1. When you find yourself stuck or uninspired, review your assignment--whether it's Start My College Essay, Update My Resume, or Write a Blog Post--for a few moments, focusing on the task at hand.
2. Then simply go for a walk. The study had participants walk for 5 to 16 minutes, but I find that 30 minutes is my sweet spot.
3. When you return, sit down with your assignment again and write down absolutely anything that comes to mind. After all, we often have to clear our throat when writing. But chances are that you'll find at least one precious nugget of brilliance in there.
What types of things jog your creativity? What revvs you up and makes you excited to write? What do you do when you don't want to do anything? Let me know in the comments below or over on my Facebook page. Until then, walkers...
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