Maximize Your Creative Energy

  1. Blogging for Hippo
  2. Schedule Sales with WooCommerce
  3. The Problem with Focus
  4. Give Thanks
  5. Be Thankful for the People Who Inspire You
  6. Give Yourself Space
  7. Build Resources From Support
  8. How Hard Can Membership Be?
  9. Adding Social Media Icons to WooCommerce Product Pages
  10. How to Export WooCommerce Subscriptions
  11. Upgrade Your Contact Form With Ninja Forms
  12. Why I Write
  13. Blog Comments Policy
  14. Content Marketing Works – Even with Furnace Filters
  15. Making Email from Your Website More Reliable with Email Delivery Tools
  16. A Happiness Podcast?
  17. Podcast Compensation
  18. Wishlists Done Right
  19. Enable Free Shipping on a Per Product Basis
  20. Improve Your Writing with the Hemingway Editor
  21. Tell Users What You're Doing
  22. 2014 Business Review
  23. Mind Your Own Business
  24. Think Different to 10x Your Business
  25. Let Projects Die
  26. Maximize Your Creative Energy
  27. Use Git Bisect to Find Bugs in Your Codebase
  28. My Personal Value of Remote Work
  29. Don't Spam Email Receipts
  30. Make Your Own Luck
  31. Cold Showers and the Power of Challenges

This post is the 26th post in the Blogging For Hippo series but this isn't the 26th post I've written. It's actually the 30th. And that's because over the past month I've had a few days where I had a lot of creative energy and when it hits I take advantage of it. I can't tell you what works for other people but I can tell you that all my best work gets done in spurts and you need to maximize those spurts to get your real work done.

Give Yourself Space

I'm on vacation today so I took an hour long walk to a coffee shop which was good to stretch my legs, good to get my thoughts flowing, and a perfect time to absorb information from a podcast or audiobook. I blogged about this earlier this month but I think it's really important you give yourself space. The space I gave myself this morning put me in the right state of mind to write this.

Let Your Creativity Flow

Once you start getting away from all the day to day routine items you can actually start to think. Let your creativity pour out. When I'm writing posts I usually start with a title, then I write the content, and then I almost always have to change the title. I usually have a rough idea what I want to talk about but I wont know until I start typing.

Write drunk edit sober

Don't be afraid of this. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to get out of your own way. Being creative isn't about trying hard it's about letting go of the expectations and just doing. Sometimes it's crap and that's ok. Let yourself be honest, open, and expressive and then before pressing that publish button feel free to make adjustments. Edit the work, break it into multiple pieces, add a preface, clear up confusion, and even save it for another day. The point is to be open. If you shut down ideas before they have a chance to breathe you won't create anything.

Apply Yourself

One of the best things I've learned working from home is that work hours are a waste of time. Work until your work is done. Feel free to quit one day at 3 and then work late the next day until 7. The hours themselves don't matter. What matters is getting the work done. When I have an idea in my brain I get it down. It doesn't matter if it's in a blog post, a google doc, an evernote note, or an email. It doesn't really matter how it gets done but I hit it hard when I get the idea.

We have so few real breaks in life, so few chances for you to be creative. When inspiration hits you in the head be ready to listen. If you ignore it it might not come back for a long time.

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