September 17, 2020

How I design a safe space to be creative

One thing I've noticed is that when I shield myself from distractions, like social media, traffic sounds, and mostly, my cellphone, I can work better with a lot more focus. Things like:

  • A good night's sleep;
  • Not flooding your mind with notifications, emails, and social media on the first hours of the day;
  • A workspace where you can isolate yourself;
  • Earphones;
  • Classical music (I love listening to Ludovico Einaudi, Yann Tiersen, Anges Obel and many more);
  • Doing one thing at a time (our brain gets confused when shifts its attention a lot. Can you imagine the amount of energy spent?);
  • Essential oils (like eucalyptus and tangerine - I put them in an electric diffuser);
  • Toggl → a tool that tracks my current project. When I press play, I start to work.

Creation's silent. It's focused. It's sacred. It's pure. It's clean.

When I need to plan content, do research, or even write, I avoid entering into the rabbit hole of social media, emails, and even WhatsApp. I just open my planner and do what I need to do. I've even made some tests: when I unlock my cellphone on the first hours of my day, everything gets heavier. The comparison bell starts to ring loud and it's difficult to focus because I flood my mind with lots of information that could be consumed later during the day.

But when I start my day slowly, going task by task, bit by bit, stretching my body, drinking propolis with water, sweeping the floor, reading a book chapter out loud, meditating, or having a healthy breakfast, everything feels light and pure. That's when I feel I'm in control of my thoughts and design my creative space.

It's so important to be able to own your space and energy. Create the day, the moment, the safe zone to just be with yourself, and you'll feel things flowing.

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