Sixty seconds to a more creative you

Written by Angela Booth


Sixty seconds to a more creative you: Ways to get creative fast

Copyright 2002 by Angela Booth

* Show up

* Trust yourself

* Shut up!

Show Up

Show up. That's all. The most important part of any task, creative or otherwise, is simply to show up. By "showing up", I mean get started onrepparttar creative task. The task may be as simple as giving a presentation, or as complicated as writing a book, but if you show up, you can do it. Showing up to tackle a creative task isrepparttar 117508 hardest part ofrepparttar 117509 project. The problem with any creative task is that you can't figure out how to do it usingrepparttar 117510 logical left side of your brain. Creativity requires that you use your right brain; your intuitive self. The left side of your brain,repparttar 117511 analytical logical side, doesn't trustrepparttar 117512 right side. It doesn't want to relinquish control. This means that it's very hard for most of us just to sit down and start.

There's a simple way to sidestep this problem. Acknowledge that are two modes of perception, left brained, and right brained, and that your right brain will performrepparttar 117513 creative task. "Perform" is exactly what your right brain does, when it's presented withrepparttar 117514 creative task. Discovery---as you watch your creative self perform--- is one ofrepparttar 117515 joys of creativity. You never quite know what's going to develop. It helps to add a little humor to this situation. Think of your right brain as a personal assistant, your VP of Creativity. Show up, and direct your VP to perform. If you want more information on brain modes, check outrepparttar 117516 free online creativity course.

I learned that showing up works when I started writing. To write a book, you have to sit down and write it. You may not know how to do it, but do it anyway. Write down a word, and then another word. Byrepparttar 117517 time you've written five or twenty words, you have a sentence. Keep on showing up, sitting down and writing another word, and before too long you have a chapter. It's taken me almost twenty years, but I realize now that showing up is really *all* that's required.

One Foot In Each Camp

Written by Elena Fawkner


One Foot In Each Camp

2002 Elena Fawkner

You have a full-time job but secretly you yearn to break free ofrepparttar corporate shackles and strike out on your own. You have a great idea for a business but you needrepparttar 117507 income from your job to pay your mortgage and to feed yourself while you get it underway. Sound familiar? This article considers this dilemma and suggests how you might makerepparttar 117508 break from paid workforce to your own full-time home business when financial necessity dictates a regular and uninterrupted monthly income.

This may be obvious but it bears restating: if you need a regular paycheck to survive, DON'T give up your day job until you have another regular, consistent income stream to take its place. This applies even if you are absolutely convinced that your business idea is a surefire formula for financial success. It may be, but evenrepparttar 117509 most successful businesses take time to get ofrepparttar 117510 ground and most have a few false starts before they finally take off.

If you can't afford to give up your paid income while you build your business, then you have no choice but to start your home business as a side project and run it alongside your job. To make any sort of progress in your home business, plan to devote two to three hours a day at an absolute minimum to your business.

Because your time is extremely limited, you need to be ruthlessly efficient with what you do with it. For example, can you find spare pockets of time during your workday? If you are running an internet-based business and use a computer as part of your day job, this MAY be a possibility but be careful here. Don't risk your job for your business if you can't afford to lose that income. I'm not suggesting here for a second that you conduct your business on company time, at least when you have work to do. If you have some downtime during your day, though, then do look for ways to use that time productively.

Other ways to squeeze time out of your day include foregoing TV inrepparttar 117511 evening and/or getting up an hour earlier. In other words, get your priorities straight.

If your home business is related to your paid job, be extremely careful not to create a conflict of interest for yourself. In particular, do NOT deal with your employer's clients as part of your business. Not only is it unethical but, whenrepparttar 117512 time comes and you makerepparttar 117513 break from workforce to full-time home business, those clients may well follow you and your employer would have every right to take legal action against you for breach of your employment contract.

Another difficulty you can get yourself into in this area is where to drawrepparttar 117514 line, if challenged, between what is confidential information and what is just general knowledge you carry around in your head. You cannot use confidential information you obtained inrepparttar 117515 course of your job in your business. Your general knowledge is not considered confidential information. Examples of confidential information include customer lists, knowledge ofrepparttar 117516 systems and procedures of your employer's business, trade secrets and repparttar 117517 like. For these sorts of reasons, it really is advisable not to choose for your home business what you do in your job.

It is a good idea to be discreet inrepparttar 117518 workplace about your extracurricular activities. Don't go out of your way to advertiserepparttar 117519 fact that you have started your own business. At best you will expose yourself torepparttar 117520 increased scrutiny of your boss who may be concerned you will conduct your business on company time. At worst, you may jeopardize your chances for advancement if your outside activities convey repparttar 117521 message that you are only a temporary fixture who will leave as soon as your business starts generating enough income for you. Although you may not be particularly concerned about career advancement because you plan to leave to run your own business, at least consider your position if your home business dreams don't pan outrepparttar 117522 way you hope. It is very difficult to resurrect an ambitious image once you've let it slide.

Finally, and especially during this 'double duty' period be sure to allow sufficient time each week for relaxation and taking care of yourself. This means paying attention to your nutrition, exercise routine and getting adequate sleep and well as allowing for pure downtime. The demands on your body duringrepparttar 117523 double duty period can be pretty intense.

You don't want to be taking on this challenge if you're rundown, unfit and aren't getting enough sleep. All areas of your life will only suffer if you're in this state. So, stay ahead ofrepparttar 117524 game by eating right, exercising and getting plenty of sleep and relaxation.

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