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To aDD More Creativity, try this

The morning is when I feel most creative. Prior to this week, I had been struggling with wanting to write (for a book, an article, etc.) but didn't feel the creative juices flowing. On the computer is where there are many of my notes, links, documents, and outlines, yet during the first few hours of the morning sitting down and typing felt less creative. Also, the computer and phone is an environment, if you will, that I can go to for many tasks - a word document, OneNote, social media, email, Netflix, Spotify, reading an article, Face Time.

Having a technology that is used for various tasks can take up a lot of mental space, even unconsciously. Similar to how a bedroom is associated with a place for rest, our mind associates a computer with the activities that it is used for. So, having all these applications and activities that are regularly performed on the computer can take up mental space and hinder concentration. For example, if I am trying to write an essay (or do something that requires full focus) on the computer, chrome or safari are just a click away making it easy to get distracted by other websites. In my case, I was not opening up any other applications, but being on the computer made it possible to even consider it.


In the book, The Book You Were Born To Write by Kelly Notaras, Kelly shares examples of how other authors would prepare and write their manuscript. Best selling author, Dr. Wayne Dyer's book writing process (as described in the picture below) was to write the full manuscript by hand and to have a book cover prior to writing the book.