‘Reboot’ Your Creative Brain and Refresh Your Focus

In today’s information-obsessed world, our minds are in constant overdrive. Your brain is a living, inventive and rapidly renewing organ that needs all the care and maintenance it can get to function well and deliver productively every day.

Brain recharging can help you reset your energy for better focus, creativity and resilience. Harold Kushner once said, “Think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”

We can adapt this to making the most of our brains; the further we get into understanding and recharging our brains, the better it works, the more creative we are. Change your brain, change your life. If you want to be in control of your life, take control of the command centre of your body.

Start and stick to a routine

In Your Brain at WorkDavid Rock, said, “One final insight about prioritising involves getting disciplined about what you don’t put on the stage. This means not thinking when you don’t have to, becoming disciplined about not paying attention to non-urgent tasks unless, or until, it’s truly essential that you do.”

Most of us need structure to be able to work effectively. Getting up early, finding a routine and setting yourself deadlines will do wonders for your productivity, and will let you create your best work. Discipline however doesn’t mean working 9 to 5.

There are no set rules for being creative or productive. Balzac used to work during the night having consumed 30 cups of coffee. Mozart meticulously counted out 60 beans for his morning coffee every day. Hemingway rose at 5:30am before working until his midday Martini and writer, Tony Schwartz used to set his timer for 90 minutes, focussing intently for an hour and a half before taking a lengthy break.

There is no “right” way to structure your day, but one common thread is that many of the greatest creative minds had strict daily habits.

Find what works best for you and try to stick to it.

Extrapolated from the work of Thomas Oppong