routines

The Danger of Autopilot on Your Business (And how you can fix it)

Jose Cuervo | Badass'D Biz+Ink The other day a friend said, "Yeah, you need to change that up," referring to my drink of choice.

It's been bugging the crap out of me ever since. Do I really need to change that up?? I mean, number one, I LOVE it. Number two: It's a habit. I don't have to think about it.

I don't have to think about it.

Day in and day out, when you run a business, meet clients, decide on what projects to conquer first, take care of admin crap, manage a home of 5  people, make decisions about what to cook, what to clean first, what emails you need to send, fold and put away mountains of laundry, decisions for yourself are the last ones you want to make.  Putting things on autopilot makes life a little less chaotic.

BUT...

Creativity comes from that chaos. So what if my dearest friend was right? What if you really should change up a little more?

Autopilot Somethings, Not Everything

I'm an advocate of autopilot. Life just becomes too overwhelming when everyone else's demands are on you. And autopilot means you can do what has to be done, quickly, easily, almost painlessly. But autopilot becomes an issue when everything is set to it.

You stop using your brain so much and your creativity suffers. Life is about experiencing things, not just moving through it. Put your laundry on autopilot, not your detergent.

Put your menu-planning on autopilot, not what you cook.

Autopilot should be about the processes, not the details. Enjoyment, pleasure, LIFE is in the details.Tweet: Autopilot should be about the processes, not the details. Enjoyment, pleasure, LIFE is in the details.

Get Out of the Rut

Release some of your autopilot and take the wheel for a while. And live in those moments.

Take a long, hard look at what you do, day in and day out. Find those spots that you're just existing, not living. Change them up a little. In taking back a little control, you'll find not only does your spirit get a little lift, but your creativity does, too. And that's where your business will thank you.

Breaking Up with Your Routine

So vow to live your life. Because when you live, your business flourishes. (See Richard Branson as a stellar example of that!) Break up with your routine, force yourself to think.

Go do things you'd never normally do, like ride a motorcycle, drink whiskey instead of tequila, hand glide over the ocean (HOLY HELL, let's not get crazy!!), juice it for a week, try getting out of your pajamas when you work, cook only meatless dishes for two weeks, see Europe...just LIVE whatever your definition of change and FUN would be.

Force your brain to come up with solutions and ideas to flex and build your creative muscle. Because that creative muscle is going to be your ace-in-the-hole. It's going to be right hook you knock your competition out with.

What are you going to do to shift your world today?

Kick Ass!

Tania Dakka |Badass'D Biz+Ink

Unlock your soul and get creative

The hustle and bustle of our everyday lives can leave us feeling drained and uncreative.  We need to get our juices flowing again.  We need to feel alive and invigorated.  But how? By doing 2 simple things:

1) Rocking our routines

Before you go running off at the thought of establishing a routine, think of it this way...we are putting the necessities on autopilot.  We don't have think about them.  Therefore, we don't put them off(i.e. they get DONE).  When the necessities are out of the way, we have more time to play!  We are not left with guilty consciences that prevent us from throwing ourselves into our projects.  Routines are good...they are our friends...don't be scared of them. :)

2) Setting a soulful schedule

Find out when we are at our best for our projects.  My brain turns to mush after lunch, so I  schedule my creative time for the morning.  Or perhaps you get a second wind in the afternoon or evening, schedule your project time then.  Regardless, we have to schedule it.  And when we are within that creative time, we are able to release our souls and what they have to offer because THAT is our time and the necessities are not blocking our way. 

With our routines and schedules in place, we free our minds and our souls; leaving our creativity to the masters.

Want to be more creative? Unlock your soul.

Let's talk: What routines can you establish to help you release your creativity?

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