Generate Goals

Design a Creative and Productive Environment

Create a special place that is conducive to creativity, thinking, and working. Design a comfortable, well-lighted and well-supplied area for thinking without distractions. It should be well organized with the tools you need easily at hand.

An ergonomic workstation: OSHA guidelines | How-to Guide from Mayo Clinic

Temperature and light: Ideal temperature 77 degrees F, 25 C

Lighting: natural light is best, plus direct lighting that is bright enough to see well.

Sound: One study determined that people were 35% more creative with 70 decibels of ambient noise. You may respond well to nature sounds, or instrumental background noise. For more focus, silence can be good, or try classical music that enhances brain waves. Music. There are four types of brain waves. Alpha waves reflect a calm, relaxed, yet alert mind, and are the most conducive to learning. See Surfing the Alpha Waves at DIYPlanner.

Visual surroundings can offer inspiration or distraction, depending on the nature of tasks undertaken. Consider color: Blue is generally considered a relaxing color, while red may be energizing.

Scents: a lemon scent creating alertness, while vanilla or spiced apple reduce stress symptoms. Rosemary, cinnamin, and vanilla scents help concentration and creativity.

Inspiration: Surround yourself with images that inspire you, and with tangible evidence of your success and creativity. Gather pictures, poems, and quotations that inspire you. You might want to hang a picture you made, a cartoon that makes you smile or a quote that touches your heart.

Get Creative: Get a creativity prompter based on 101 ways to brew up a great idea. To get your mind moving, try taking a shower, going for a walk, throwing darts or working puzzles. Ideas are wild creatures, so have a plan for their capture. Determine the time of day that is your peak for energy and efficiency to learn, work, or think.

You might appreciate nature sounds, a fountain, flowers, burning candles or incense. Meditation and prayer, journaling, and reading inspirational literature can help us connect with ourselves.

Reasoning, judgment, language, and logic abilities reside in the left brain. Switch to the creative right side of the brain, which includes imagination, visual and musical abilities to generate ideas. Give yourself permission to unleash your untapped powers of creativity!

To brainstorm ideas for goals in different life areas, switch on your imagination. If money and time were unlimited, what would you most want to do?If you get stuck, look at these example goals.

Brainstorming guidelines:

  • Work rapidly
  • Free association
  • Large quanitity of ideas
  • Unlimited possiblities
  • Suspend judgement
  • To be evaluated later

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