How much of the day do you spend parked on your arse wondering why you can’t summon the energy to complete whatever agonizingly mundane task you’re working on?
Think about it.
We sit at desks during working hours, then jump in the car and sit for the drive home, then sit at the table to eat our dinners, then slump on the sofa to complain about our exhausting day.
We complain about feeling overworked, stripped of our energy, and yet when you look at what we actually do, physically, it doesn’t add up to very much. Exhaustion, in 2012, seems to be derived from stress and mind weariness rather than muscle aching exertion.
One of the great ironies of life is that to create energy, you must first create movement.
Without movement, energy cannot exist.
Is it any wonder that as you collapse hunched over a keyboard, strong Latte perched to your lips, you’re likely to feel more tired than when you last crept off to bed? It’s because the body requires movement to initiate energy! And most of us, myself included, are lackadaisical about getting physical before 9am.
The exact same concept applies to being creative.
Much of my work revolves around the need to innovate and think outside the box. From my experience, there’s no environment quite so ill-fitting for creative thinking as being sat like a statue with your pencil kissing an empty page.
Even when you think you’re physically exhausted, it’s typically an illusion born out of convenience. Collapsing in front of a television is the easy option, but rarely the right one. The solution is to get up, go for a jog, or a fast walk, and create some movement.
Movement creates energy, and energy creates life. Energy is the fuel that gets your brain ticking, releasing the static build-up of mind weariness, and kicking your arse in to action.
Many people try to replicate this natural process by consuming coffee by the bucket load. Caffeine raises alertness, and it unleashes adrenaline, but it’s still an awful substitute for natural energy.
We have a lazy modern habit of seeking quick fixes when in reality, all that is needed is an injection of physical exertion.
The next time you’re faced with crippling writer’s block, or a lateral thinking conundrum that you can’t seem to get your head around, stand up and leave the situation.
Put some life in to your body, raise your heart rate and give your brain the fuel it needs. You’ll often find that answers pop in to your head when you’re least expecting them, and that’s usually because you’re not sat on your arse at the time. Coincidence?
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