This week I have been making a special effort to go fallow. That is, restoring my energy by being kind to myself – resting, re-setting, switching off and finding some time amid the chaos of daily life that can swamp us unwittingly.
Social media is a key player in our saturated lives. I adore social media and all it brings us, but the constant reach culture and feeling of missing out if we unplug can lead to frazzled brains. Stepping away from the screen is good practise to recharge this brain cells, something my ecourse alumni know I am vocal about.
So, going fallow as bloggers can reap many benefits. Once you have set up a workflow and system that you trust to email you the right news alerts and smart information gathering, take time out to recharge that grey matter. No one can work efficiently under a constant information barrage, and reclaiming some space reaps creative rewards and allows for some space and clarity in your writing.
Yesterday I tore up my to do list (which as a mum of twins running two businesses isn’t small). I watched 3 films in one day – actually watched them without playing on my iPad at the same time – and I also read a book. I also listened to new radio stations, an audio book, played with some new hand lettering ideas, had a bike ride with a friend and enjoyed sitting outside having a cup of tea.
Taking time to go fallow can feel like a luxury and maybe you start with a manageable chunk; just an hour of ‘you time’ will make the world of difference.
When you step back into your workload and social media world it is so much easier to be focussed, procrastinate less and have those ideas that make you stand out.
Over to you: do you find it hard to go fallow and let the weeds grow? Can you allow yourself a little time out to restore your busy mind? If you do, let me know how it affects your blogging.
Image credit: Johnboy Mitchell’s photostream
Here on Dex Diva I am fascinated by creativity and it’s place in our lives, businesses and, of course, blogs. This week, the wonderful people at Behance featured a blog piece on the top 5 creativity killers, something I will be following up in more detail later right here on Dexterous Diva.
Releasing our imagination and creativity leads to innovation and new opportunities, and the creative process is something I walk through on my e course to help blog writers refresh their brain cells and come up with new ideas.
I asked some of the lovely alumni of Idea Generation and Creativity for Bloggers to let me know how they got on, and the answers have been lovely to read.
The #newdiva365 challenge is something I encourage course attendees to take part in, and it is all about doing something new every day, even just a tiny tweak to change your path and later your mindset. Read More >
I am thrilled to have been invited by the lovely people at Alpro UK to take part in their #deskfest challenge this month.
Now January has arrived so many of us are getting back onto a cleaner eating regime after a few cheeky festive treats, so Alpro has asked a few of us bloggers to share our ideas for a healthy breakfast at your desk.
As a working mum I often have to take brekky with me on the go, as I may be working in London, at my desk at home, or co working with my colleagues so planning a healthy, portable breakfast is really important to me in eating well and looking after myself. Many of you might have breakfast at work, as I used to when I worked for agencies in London, so I know how handy it is to have some healthy, portable ideas to keep your brain cells ticking and your energy going for a day ahead.
I will be sharing my #deskfest ideas this week using Alpro products and my personal take on some healthy brekkies, and I would love to know wat you think.
If you would like to hve a go at creating your own #deskfest breakfasts with Alpro, why not take some pics, and you can tweet them, pin them or instagram them using the hashtag #deskfest to be in with a chance to win breakfast in New York!
I would love to know what you think of my breakfasts – let me know if you try them.
I am one week in now of attempting to do one new thing everyday.
This doesn’t mean I am abseiling or throwing myself out of planes. No, change can be subtle, a little tweak here and there to keep momentum going in discovering new things – no extreme sports needed. Well, maybe some but dotted here and there.
So far in my first week I have had to mainly stick to home based activities as I have been feeling fairly crap, but so far this has entailed: Read More >
One part of my career so far that I can say I enjoy consistently is creative thinking.
Working in the creative industries we are being paid to have ideas, and that is a really lovely thing. Whether it’s pressure to get an idea to design, running a brainstorming meeting, facilitating a creative thinking workshop, or just kickstarting my own brain cells this stuff really makes me smile.
Here is a little list of top tips to get your brain whirring away to produce that lovely creative stuff… Read More >