How writing a few notes at the end of today can help you find your muse tomorrow
"I WRITE ENTIRELY TO FIND OUT WHAT I'M THINKING, WHAT I'M LOOKING AT, WHAT I SEE AND WHAT IT MEANS. WHAT I WANT AND WHAT I FEAR."
Taking the time at the end of a creative day to write down any remaining creative thoughts, ideas, or feelings can help you find your muse the next time you are in the creative mood. It will also allow your mind to finally relax, knowing that you have taken the time to get everything out and nothing will be lost.
Thoughts for tomorrow …
The end of the day is drawing near and you are still at your desk. You have gotten a lot of things done, but your mind is still full of creative ideas you want to put to the test and projects that you want to finish up. Two forks present themselves in the road of creative challenges.
You could either…
- Try to keep going: ignoring the pleas for respite from your overheated brain, you could forge ahead until you get everything you want to get done is finished. But, you know this is not a great idea and you will not be giving your ideas justice by working on them with a mind that is over taxed.
Or you could…
- Simply say that you are done for the day, shut off your laptop, get up out of your chair and leave behind all your creative thought and ideas that are still brewing in your head. While your wracked brain might thank you for this sudden respite, it might also keep you up at night as it continues to sort through all of the latent creative thoughts you might have. Or, even worse, like Henna tattoo these creative ideas might fade overnight and you might find it difficult to recall all of them the next time you find yourself at your desk.
So what should you do?
Thankfully, another fork in the road presents itself to you. A path you can take that allows you to quit for the day while still allowing you to save those last second ideas so that you may work on them tomorrow. At the end of a long day of creative activity, if you find yourself still bubbling with ideas but too tired to carry on, take some time to write down your thoughts and ideas and save them for the next day.
Writing down your thoughts at the end of the day for some other time can help you achieve couple of different things.
First: it can help you get out all your thoughts and creative ideas that are bubbling to the surface. A hard day of creativity can leave you with lots of great ideas, and it is good to get all these thoughts down or you have the risk of losing them. By taking the time at the end of the day to get them out of your head and unto paper (or a computer screen) your allow yourself to have one last go at them before the day is done as well as give yourself an opportunity to save all these last second creative thoughts for the next day.
Second: By getting all these thoughts and ideas out of your head, you also allow yourself to truly relax at the end of the day and to walk away from work knowing that all your creative thoughts have been saved, allowing you to go back and tackle them at a later date when you have allowed yourself some time to recuperate.
By spending some time at the end of the day to write down whatever thoughts, ideas, worries, feelings, fears that are left bouncing around in your cranium you will end up giving yourself creative fodder for the next day. Doing this will also let you sleep easy knowing that you got all your ideas out and that, good or bad, none of your creative thoughts were left to fade away in that Etch A Sketch mind of yours.