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Monday, December 11, 2006

Fill Your Creative Tank

Running on empty? Out of steam? Well run dry? Experiencing creative blocks? Gina shared with us her experience of feeling like she's running on empty through the busy holiday season.

We've all been there...drawing a blank, nothing left to give. The best way to prevent these types of situations is to make sure we're nurturing our creative selves with a little daily rest and rejuvenation. But for the average woman, taking time for you doesn't always happen.

For those times when you need a little extra fuel, there are practical solutions for filling the tank. Here is today’s creativity-inspiring, tank-filling, unblocking suggestion: manage distractions.

Oftentimes we're too distracted to create. Those distractions, or the tyranny of the mundane, prevent creative thoughts and habits from finding their home in our lives. The best way to eliminate this problem is to go to the source.

Find out what's distracting you: a messy house, long to-do list, lack of sleep, poor eating habits, etc. Take thirty minutes to manage that distraction to the point that it no longer consumes your thoughts, i.e. clean the room or get someone to do it for you, make an appointment in your schedule for when you'll tackle that to-do list, take a nap, eat a healthy snack. You may not completely eliminate or remove the distraction, but you can manage it long enough to allow creativity to take hold.

Once you've got that distraction controlled, try your hand at creating again. You should notice a clearing, or space, for creative thought and energy that wasn’t there before and it only took you thirty minutes or less.

Next time we'll talk about refilling stations that I've found most effective in my own creative life. Until then, keep it simple and live what you love.

Tasra Dawson is an award-winning scrapbooker, personal discovery coach, and author. As an entrepreneur, wife, and mother, Tasra understands the demands on time and energy faced by career women and busy moms. In Fall 2006, Dare Dreamer Press released her book, Real Women Scrap: Create the Life and Layouts You’ve Always Wanted.

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