Ideas from the chapter “Learning to Create Amidst Chaos” from the book Manage Your Day-To-Day by Erin Rooney Dolan.
- Negative distractions interfere with our creative work. (Eg. TV, Social Media, Chatting with coworkers etc.)
- Positive distractions help us to do more creative work. (Eg. Rewards after completing a task, going for a walk etc.)
- Developing any habit can strengthen willpower in other areas of your life.
- Once a new habit is ingrained and can be completed without much effort or thought, that energy can be turned to other activities requiring more self-control.
- Tasks done on “autopilot” do not use up our stockpile of energy like tasks that have to be consciously completed.
- Getting a good night’s sleep will help you improve your self-control.
- Shifting from mindful to mindless work gives the brain time to process complex problems in a relaxed state and also restores the energy necessary for the next round of mindful work.
- Repetition is a form of mesmerism. Mesmerise yourself to reach a deeper state of mind.
- To hold repetition for a long period of time requires mental and physical strength.