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4 things you can do to be happier, smarter, and more emotionally aware

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4 things you can do to be happier, smarter, and more emotionally aware
An entrepreneur is a “big believer” that we can all live happier and healthier lives with a little creative inspiration on a regular basis. These are the activities that help you get there.

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Happier, Smarter, Emotionally Aware

Happier, Smarter, Emotionally Aware

Regular doses of creativity help us attain the countless health benefits and live better, more fulfilling lives.

Incorporating creativity into one’s routine helps us become happier and smarter while being emotionally aware and grounded.

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Four Ways To Sprinkle Creativity In Your Day

  1. Journaling daily: Writing freehand in the morning for 30 to 40 minutes gets the creative juices flowing while making us mentally unburdened.
  2. A personal project: Writing a book, or starting a podcast are some examples of getting into a new creative routine.
  3. Singing, dancing, playing: Expressing oneself through our bodies sets us free and is better than any therapy, while making us more creative in other tasks.
  4. Sketching: Just like journaling, sketching is another form of letting go of our inner thoughts, mental turmoil and unloading all the emotional weight.

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  • Preparation: you’re learning everything you can about the problem.
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  • Prioritize: The clearer your priorities, the more focused you can be on the task at hand. 
  • Generate: Build a creative habit. Make a daily deliverable, whether it’s 100-words a day, a 30-second song etc...
  • Explore: When you Explore, you collect the raw materials for the insights you’ll have when you Generate.
  • Research: To solve a creative problem, you have to learn whatever you can about that problem.
  • Recharge: When you rest, you allow your unconscious mind to work on your creative problems.
  • Polish: A great idea won’t work if you don’t execute it well.
  • Administrate: make it all work, so you can keep doing what you’re doing.

Becoming a perpetual creativity machine

  1. Build a tiny creative habit: Find the time of day with the best creative energy and make your daily deliverable so small, you can’t stand to fail.
  2. Take time to Prioritize: Once you’ve established a habit, dedicate an hour a week to a “weekly review”.
  3. Rest with a purpose: Establish times during your day and your week when you’ll do something that Recharges you.

Wanting to control everything

By procrastinating, you hold the most control over whatever task you’re working on. However, this also means, obviously, that that particular task isn’t being done.

Seeing a task as one big project

Almost everything we do can be broken down into little manageable parts.

Take, for instance, the laundry. If the laundry seems like a daunting task to you, break it down into steps. Collect all your dirty clothes. Separate colors and whites. Put your clothes on a wash cycle. Put them in the dryer. Fold them.

Being a perfectionist

It can be tempting to put things off or delay completing tasks simply because you’re worried about the outcome being less than perfect.

Just remember that it’s okay if things don’t turn out exactly how you had them in your head.