As a recovering workaholic, whenever the pressure is on it is always tempting for me just to work harder, longer and stronger! The problem with this is that the more I work, the more likely it is I’ll end up burnt out and broken down (again)!
Being effortlessly productive is a much better option for both your stress levels and your creative problem solving capacity.
Here’s a few ways to achieve this zone whenever you need to…
The art of ‘action without action’
Lao Tse, an ancient Chinese philosopher practiced Wu Wei – the art of ‘action without action’. Sounds confusing, it’s simple!
The idea of this practice is to get the conscious mind out of the way, so that your creative source can work its magic!
Many business people don’t find the time for exercise because they don’t understand the benefits. Anytime I am ‘stuck’ or can’t think clearly, I take the dog for a walk. Inevitably, the creativity will flow and I will solve my challenge with ease. The useful thoughts seem to just rise to the top!
Creative daydreaming is another way to practice Wu Wei.
A little hammock time, or time spent just listening to the bamboo rustling in the breeze can free up your mind to create results effortlessly.
Listening to peaceful music is another great way to free up your mind chatter and let the good stuff out!
Set Your Intention
If you are into nanna naps or lucid dreaming, you can also harness your creativity by allowing the sleep state to work on your challenge whilst you are resting – just set your intention! Take note of the insights and ideas which arise immediately upon waking – these are the keys to ‘doing without doing’!
When you are engaged in effortless action, you are ‘in the zone’ or in the flow state. This is where information, opportunities and possibilities arrive out of nowhere, in ways you couldn’t possibly imagine if you were trying hard.
I have a list of at least 50 ‘actions’ which can put me into this precious creative zone.
Make Your Own List
The more easily you can achieve this state, the less stressed and the more productive you will be!!