I’ve been a bit off lately. I just haven’t had the energy to engage in anything serious, I have just buried myself in preparations for applying for financial support, trying to overcome all my self doubt, and frankly, coming to terms with the fact that not everyone can be creative 24/7. Yesterday, I came across this article on Twitter that really grabbed my attention. I thought I’d share it with you guys so that you also can be reminded of things that are obvious, but one still might need to be reminded of from time to time. I definitely needed to read this, so I hope it can be useful for you too.

1. Not getting enough sleepI noticed this one the most when I DID finally get a good, long sleep (the night before writing this, actually).

All of a sudden my muse was speaking to me again (see below for more on that), the day looked positive and full of promise and I was open to the ideas that are always flowing around me.

And I just plain felt good! Sleep is something I write and speak a lot about, and it’s still a practice I need to consciously keep up so I don’t slip back into bad habits.

2. Trying to do it alone — Bouncing ideas off someone else is invaluable to me. When I stop before I start (see below), and I don’t consult or collaborate with others, I miss out on the collective voices that are available to me. Just hearing my own telling of an idea—reading it aloud or describing it— can be enough.

Any feedback or new ideas is a bonus. If the idea is really fresh and precious, I may ask the listener not to give feedback, and let them know I just need a sounding board at this point.

3. Stopping before I start — Not carrying out my creative projects because of self-doubt, real or imagined obstacles, perfectionism or generalized fear. When it came to writing today’s article, I had to “Just Start”.

4. Poverty mentality — It’s very constricting to be worried about money all the time. I’m doing a lot of reading and learning about this topic right now—I’m sure I’ll be able to share more in future issues.

5. A cluttered work/living space — It’s been over two years since I finished my first major de-cluttering and it’s time for another one! Exciting! While my living space has stayed tidy, some clutter (things I don’t need, use or love) has crept back in and is starting to gnaw at me.

6. Disconnection from my inner wisdom — When I’m rested and feeling well, I can much more easily tap into the ideas that are flowing around me.

Whether it’s being open to something useful in an article I’m reading, or just listening for the solution of that problem I’ve been struggling with for a few days (and really, it just “came to me”), the answers are there.

7. Disconnection from my body — If I’d been paying closer attention to my body’s needs, I think I would have arranged sooner for some nights of extra sleep. I need to listen to the messages my body is sending me—do I feel nourished by the food I’m eating (or am I getting hungry too often), am I hydrated (or do I feel thirsty or light-headed, or is my skin extra-dry)?

Am I showing physical signs of stress—muscle tightness, shallow breathing or headaches? My body will reward me if I listen to it, use common sense and give it what it wants.

Read the full article here!