Yesterday I forced a lot of mental creativity on myself; about 10 hours sitting at the computer working on a new website project (this website).
All day, relentlessly, countless scenes returned to mind! Scenes from around my home, from an earlier walk about. Dishes stacked up to go in the dishwasher; bits of carpet on the floor as a result of KiKi the cat’s vigorous tower scratching; the layer of dust around the television, (I couldn’t even see it until a couple of days ago, when the sun shone on it), dirty bathrooms….ah yes, and several loads of laundry.
Enter, “self-talk” and conscious awareness. The times that I can really “get into this” I actually look forward to these mundane tasks. The following two things work best for me. ( I borrowed them from Henrik Edberg, he expressed it perfectly – for more: http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2011/08/16/get-the-boring-tasks-done/ )
- Think of why you are doing the task and how good it will feel when it is done. Instead of focusing your mind on how boring a task may feel focus your thoughts on why you are doing this and how good it will feel when you are done with it. If needed, sit down for a few minutes, close your eyes and see in your mind and feel how good it will be when you are there, when you are done with the task. Then go to work with that motivation and those positive feelings in your body.
- Do it mindfully. When you sort papers, do the laundry or do the dishes be fully there. Focus 100% on just the fork with all your senses – how it feels, looks and smells – as you are scrubbing it and nothing else. Don’t get lost in daydreams. If you are just there I have found that even such a simple and mundane task becomes more enjoyable and something that can bring inner calm rather than distress.
Now, I must get busy, today is the day to tackle the “mundane” so tomorrow I’ll be free to create something wonder-FULL!