by Laura West
Stop being subject to the whims of your energy and ideas when you are working on a creative project. You can cultivate and create Flowmentum™ so you can be more successful with a whole lot more grace and ease.
Flowmentum™ is about being in rhythm with your creative project. Having momentum but also recognizing that there is a natural flow with the creative process.
In the creative process, there will be rushing inspiration, huge actions, and lots of little steps too. There’s also little eddies where you stop and rest and gather your energy or incubate a step a little bit longer before the next action. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the inspiration or frozen when your energy slows.
Most of us want to know…how do I keep from freaking out and totally abandoning my project?
These five easy ideas will help you cultivate your Flowmentum™ so you can keep your project moving at a sustainable and feel-good pace!
Break Your Project Down Into Bite-Size Steps
No matter how inspired you are about your idea, a project can be very daunting when you look at all that needs to be done. Break your project down into little tiny bite-size steps that you can easily take action on.
Make a phone call. Edit a section (not the whole thing). Send an email.
Even though these little steps might seem to insignificant to write on a to-do-list – taking the time to write them down will help you when you are staring at your computer not sure what to do next.
Create Your Daily 3
So you have this big list of steps for your project, especially if you write down your bite-size steps. To help create focus and manage your overwhelm, every day create a Daily 3 list. These are the 3 bite-size steps you are committing to for today.
Get out an index card. Put it at the top of your to-do list. Keep your Daily 3 front and center.
When you get them done you’ll feel so good. Accomplished! Successful! Then you have some Flowmentum™ going so you can choose to keep on going on let off the pressure and take a break feeling good you took action!
Just sit down and take a little action in your creative project. Often just starting will be the impetus for more action. Getting over the initial inertia is biggest hurdle. Often I will just do one thing toward my project. I find I’m so pleased with myself that I feel good and I want more – so I do another bite-size action.
Do Something Else Creative
Personal creativity ignites your business creativity. Do something to get your creative juices moving and then you can more easily jump into your creative project for business.
Make brownies. Paint. Dance. Garden. Organize something. Take photos. Sing. Play the guitar.
Flowmentum™ energy transfers – get it moving in one area of your life and you’ll be amazed how easy it is to dive into your “blocked” project
Take A Break
All work and no play…doesn’t just make you dull it dulls your mind. When you are tired or even super stuck you need to relax your mind so that your creativity can resurface.
Sometimes the way to leap forward in a project is to do nothing! Sit on the deck and watch the birds. Take a shower. Take a nap. Read. Just veg out.
It’s not procrastination – it’s incubation and rejuvenation. Often your mind needs to work on an idea or the next step while your body is doing something else.
Being aware of Flowmentum™ allows you to relax and trust the process. You know you can jump start your momentum. It takes the pressure off because you know you aren’t subject to the whims of the winds of creative inspiration and fleeting confidence.
You also allow for rest and some downtime knowing that it’s important for you and your creative process to have space to settle in, go deeper or rest and get ready for the next big step.
Next time you feel the internal pressure that you should be working faster, harder, or are feeling stuck and freaking out because you are afraid you’ll never get anything done again…choose to relax and go with the flow.
Remember, you have the power to cultivate your own Flowmentum™. When you truly trust that process…your process… then you’ll be able to be in the flow of your project unfolding with grace, ease and yes, some good old fashioned effort!
Do you purposefully cultivate your Flowmentum™? Do you wait for the inspiration or do you prime the pump? I’d love to hear your experiences!
This article was originally published on The Future of Ink and is reprinted here in its entirety for our Magnolia Media Network readers.