In this series, I share reminders and anecdotes from my ongoing journey as a creative solopreneur. Each post begins with a word as a prompt. Today's #StartingWord is: Reset.
It's like Inbox (0) IRL.
You know that feeling when you see a bunch of unread emails? Compare that to the feeling when you get to Inbox (0). When a computer gets buggy, you restart it. When a page won't load right, you refresh it. Why not apply the same concept to our brains?
Walk away and come back later.
I've been working on a Project Life album, and I have months (and MONTHS!) to catch up on. I know the only way I can do that is if I don't get bogged down with details. Sometimes when I hate what I'm making, I leave my album open on the floor and see if it still bothers me later. Spoiler: it usually doesn't. The same thing goes for my design work, since staring at a word for too long makes it look misspelled. In fact, it's also the only way I could finish this post. ;)
Give yourself a reset, and you can be your own fresh pair of eyes.
There isn't always time for a full reset. Even something as small as pulling your hair out of your face, sitting up straight, or taking a deep breath can help. If you can, though, make the time and/or space for a significant reset. Even as an extrovert, I start to go crazy if i don't have some time to myself. There are so many thoughts that pile up in your brain; sometimes being alone offers just enough silence to sort things out.
As I was brainstorming for this new series, I came across this Instagram post from Mandy (@turquoiseavenue). I thought the prompt really aligned with this first post I was working on, and it gave me a sense of urgency to publish it. I have only recently tapped into the memory keeping community, but I can already tell that it is helping me to grow creatively (and finally work on my album). If you are a creative blogger or memory keeper, please join in at http://www.turquoiseave.com/prompt
Through all of the noise of life, how do you reset? Do you make a conscious effort to give yourself that quiet time?
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