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The Whole and the Focal Point

I’m working on my script for getting really engaged in creative work. Last time, I wrote about some of the ways I set aside distraction dealing with external distractions and internal worries. The final kind of distraction that often gives me trouble is different. It’s a preoccupation with the bigger picture. Ironically, too much thought about the big picture can…

Set Aside Distractions

Recently, I’ve been expanding on a script I use to initiate focused and fully engaged creative work. The third step in that script is to set aside distractions. I’m changing the wording a little, so here it is in updated form. Set aside distractions. If your environment is distracting, note it for future mise en place preparations, and adjust. Start…

Clear Cadence

Step two of my script for engaging in creative work reminds me to clear my mind and purposely set up a slow, even breathing cadence: Clear your mind. Take three steady, smooth breaths. Think of this breathing cadence as a metronome for your work. This is probably the most new-agey feeling part of my script. That makes me a little…

Initiating Wholehearted Work, pt. 2

I’ve been working with this little script I made to help myself get into a state of calm concentration that is or readily leads to a flow condition. Any work done that way seems better, easier, more efficient and more enjoyable regardless of how creative, or even merely cognitive, it may seem. It works for a wide range of different…