Friday, June 26, 2009

Changing Gears

A great question has been brought up by a couple of you and that is how to change gears between doing creative work, doing business errands, and exercise/fitness. This is something that, years ago, I had a real problem with. I know that the human brain is infinitely flexible and adaptable and I was determined to do all the things I wanted to do.
I realized that the most efficient way to make this happen was to use my powers of visualization ahead of time so that my brain would already be there once I was doing the new activity. For instance, the time spent while you're doing your cardio session is an ideal time to think about whatever creative work you're going to be doing later on. In fact, exercising increases dopamine (a brain chemical that makes you feel happy and makes you smarter and more creative!), so take advantage of your exercise time to figure out your next creative move.
Then, while you're painting, take note of what time you think you should stop so that you can do your exercise, errands, whatever, then start mentally preparing yourself while you're working and visualize yourself doing the new activity.
Abruptly ripping your mind away from an activity can be mentally exhausting, but you'll surprise yourself at how painless it can be if you use this visualization technique to ease the transition.


  1. I've really enjoyed your blog so far. It's easy to say "just do this or that" but not always easy to figure out how to fit it all in, especially when you don't live a traditional, structured lifestyle.

    And I love Steve Ross yoga!


  2. I'm really excited to try this approach to switching gears. I had no idea that I had an option other than abruptly ripping my mind away from one activity to start on the next; it's also reassuring to know that I'm not the only one who finds it exhausting! Agreed, this is a very enjoyable (and enlightening!) blog.

  3. Thanks Cody! I hope you've also read his book, "Happy Yoga". It's great!
    Annalisa, I know you and you are one very determined young lady, so this will add a good thing to your toolbox of secret super powers!