Emotions as a “compass” of the mind

Author: Ury Smirnov. Category: Let's be smarter. Date:29.08.2010, 8:17.

Use your emotions as a “compass” for the mind. I mean approximately the same approach as that described in the project Open Sensitive: “Our sensibility is the goal, and path, and the criterion. If the colors, smells and sounds of this world become brighter for you, bring you more joy, then you are living right. If on the contrary, you deviate from your way”. Only in this case we say not about choosing the life path, but a simpler and more local problem: the technique of an intuitive switching to actions that currently can hold up your intellectual tonus.

1. The popular belief, that inspiration is uncontrollable, unpredictable and is a gift from above, is profoundly mistaken. Feel your state at the moments when your brain is working productively and creatively. These points are recognized. Note the emotional and physiological tone characteristic foe this state, which will serve as your “indicator” of a high intellectual productivity.

Everyone feels the creative vitality of its own. For example, I can feel the heat in the solar plexus, a foretaste of the taster in the salivary glands and the generall positive attitude. Your emotional and physiological “symptoms” that accompany a good thinking can be quite different. The main thing is that the state of creative tone can be distinguished, remembered and one can learn how to dynamically maintain a sufficiently high level for almost a full day.

2. Get into the habit periodically evaluate during the work your creative vitality. Say to himself: “I’m in good shape,” “I lose the tone,” “I’ve lost the tone.”

Evaluation of tone – it’s your feedback system. If the tone is reduced, that means you’re doing something that interferes with your brain to think well. If increases or remains at a high enough level, then you are on the right track. Without that compass, people have to evaluate their thoughts with other thoughts – but it is not surprising to get lost in this cold labyrinth.
3. As soon as your tone starts to reduce considerably, change something!

Teachers have told us since childhood: the best rest is a change of activity. But life has taught us to change activities on schedule from the organizer. The planned change of activity is also useful because it helps us to consume the remains of forces not in vain, but at least at the office or household routine, and allows to recover us for tomorrow. But here we mean something else: to maintain a high level of creative and logical thinking throughout the day can only be dynamic, not subject to the plan, but to the inner instinct.

Learn to hear the silent wishes of your brain (right, sometimes it asks for the trifle: for example, that you‘d changed the working position on a chair :). Have it worked overtime? Now I’ll drink with pleasure a glass of cold water. Or will switch on a soft music. Or I’ll take a walk in the park. Or start the same project, but on the other end. Today one will work tomorrow – another. Improvise all the time, relying on your internal compass. Divide your projects into many pieces, so that each time it’d be possible to choose the one that inspires you most. Change activities, or their pace, or a sequence of actions or simply distracted from the work in any nondestructive way and then evaluate your tone. Keep these attempts, yet the tone is restored.

Over time you learn to determine on the fly the best step at this time, to work nonlinearly, in a chaotic way – and at the same time as efficiently as possible.

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