I’ve been trying to spend my time more wisely these days. I come back to my blog when I need to. I believe it has merit—the connections I’ve made, the simple and lovely practice of writing and the ability to communicate with a broad range of individuals from all over brings me a sense of contentment, accomplishment.
I feel as if I know some of you. I respect your opinion and insight. We trade that back and forth, akin to a face-to-face friendship. You blog so you get it. We share and commiserate.
I have Pocket, on my iPad, an app that gives you the option to view things later. I’ll throw all kinds of articles and ideas in it. Once you sign up, the Pocket people will send you articles that they think you may find interesting.
I Found This Interesting
The Pocket people sent me the article, The Daily Routine of Geniuses by Sarah Green from the Harvard Business Review Blog. She wrote about a genius to-do list from a book she read entitled, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Curry. She dug through all the “hodgepodge” of what hundreds of geniuses did and found that a daily routine was necessary to many really, really smart people.
Rituals and routines are essential. If we don’t have them, we feel disoriented, purposeless. I’m not saying I’m a genius but I’d like to think I can do some things pretty well. And, even if I’m not a genius, I can certainly adapt genius habits.
Imitate Me, Flatter Me
I believe if you act as if, you’ll get there quicker. I believe in mimicking those who you want to be like. I’m summing up very briefly below what creative geniuses do according to Ms. Green. (You should read her article if you haven’t already–it’s good).
- A good workspace, your own sweet sacred spot where no one disturbs you.
Our new digs from our recent move is different. The space feels cramped, not exactly me. Bad feng shui, meaning your sacred space needs to feel good with you in it. If it doesn’t you won’t either, so I’m working on that.
- Some kind of exercise no matter what, no matter what you’ve got going on.
Green gives examples of several smarties who walk or walked a lot. I walk at least five times a week. I lift things up and put them down pretty regularly too.
- Hold yourself accountable.
I have a to-do list (you’ve seen my giant chalkboard) and it helps me to hold myself accountable. Green mentions Hemingway tracked his daily output of writing on a chart. I bought Scrivener (the software for writers) to do this when I write. Now I need to get the daily thing down and I’ll be all set.
- Work time and play time and “never the twain shall meet,” but they do, don’t they?
With blogging, email (and other social media that I don’t do and feel unworthy because I don’t), I let these things intermingle sometimes. There’s multitasking and there’s focus. If I have a deadline, I’m good at separating this. If I don’t, I’m not.
- Stop before you run out of steam.
This was a surprising one to me. We are such a go, go, get results society. Why would anyone stop if she/he were on a roll? Apparently geniuses do. Why? So that you can walk away and think. You don’t get so bogged down from all that grey matter neuron firing and become exhausted. If you don’t stop before that happens, you probably won’t go back to your genius work for days. Makes sense if you think about it. Now stop thinking about it and let it go. I’m not good at this. I’m like a dog with bone—I can’t let go when I’m on a roll.
- Someone that gets you and a limited social life.
I’m lucky that I have someone who gets me, my neurosis, my many moods and encourages my writing—really supports it. We enjoy each other’s company more than anyone else’s so we’re not big social butterflies. Supposedly, living an “uncluttered life,” to include not having tons of social obligations is necessary for creative geniuses. I’m good with that.
Green mentions that Pablo Picasso and his sweetie proclaimed Sundays as “at-home” day. Who’d thought I was doing a genius thing all this time?
I’ll end this with my own “genius” habits that I do or am constantly working on:
- Read, read, read.
Everyday. A newspaper, magazine, books, something outside what you normally do every once in awhile. Just read—it expands your horizon and your brain. Stephen King said: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
- Be grateful.
This one’s tough when you’re going through a rough time in your life. But there’s always going to be rough times. It’s how we handle them that makes the difference—it can make or break you.
- Be kind and practice patience.
Even when someone’s not giving you the same. Makes you feel better and you look smarter when your face is not all snarled up. Patience takes years of practice and some of us are better at it than others. I think it comes with maturity and I think geniuses most likely have it. Marie Curie had to share her first Nobel Prize in physics in 1903. It took her eight more years to be a sole winner of one, by the time she was 44.
- Don’t worry so much.
Write this down—step by step—how to do this and let me know. If you can figure this out, you’re a genius. I’ve been trying to get this right since I learned how to worry.
- Share your knowledge, show someone how, teach.
I think geniuses do this graciously and generously. They can’t wait to share what they know so that an idea grows, maybe even gets better.
- Listen to good music.
When you really listen to a fine piece of music, you can hear not just the instruments that make up the sound and rhythms, but the soul that went into composing and creating it, which really is the most important part. According to some accounts, Einstein hated sports because they made him “dizzy and tired,” but loved music. I have so much in common with this genius and didn’t even realize it, except he learned how to play the violin at six and well, I didn’t, but I do love music.
What genius habits do you have?Photo creds: Einsten, Alanis Morisette, Picasso: Wikipedia Creative Commons; Blog Magifier: Free Digital Photos, Stuart Miles; Monkeys: Pixaby. References: Albert Einstein. IQ: 150+ Smartest woman ever.