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Last weekend I unplugged from my two cell phones, tablet, and computer. I also ditched my watch and joined 1,000 super smart people with the Summit Series for a creative adventure on the top of a mountain.
In the first few hours something amazing happened to my brain. It actually connected. I heard peoples intonation when they talked. I could understand what they were saying with their eyes. I actually connected with ideas, potential, and - clarity. For the first time in a very long time - I felt creative.
Fast forward five days and I’m back to my super connected life. This morning at 5am PST my two cell phones started to ring ( my mother was calling from Ohio ) and at 6am my iPad filled my room with light as my email started to flow. Is it possible to design clarity and recapture your creative vision while living an ultra connected action packed life? Yes. I believe it is. I actually think technology and media can enhance your clarity just as easily as they can chip it away.
Here are 30 guidelines I’ve learned throughout my career that can help you find focus and put your creativity back to action. I’ve used all of these in my most productive and fulfilling moments. Now I’m setting a goal to find enough discipline to follow them more often. I categorized the 30 guidelines by focus area and started with the ideas I’ve found most powerful.
1: Don’t be another multitasking, confused, out of control, getting nowhere fast member of society. We have more than enough of those. Find a way to get focused. Somehow, some way. Most people have zero focus and zero control of their lives.
2: Stop thinking about the competition. They don’t have what you have and you don’t want to be a second hand version of them. Your better than that.
3: Put all of your efforts into a few things that actually make a difference instead of trying a dozens of options that all do nothing.
4: Proximity matters. More than almost anything. Find it.
5: Stop hiding your ideas and share them. Let the laws of attraction work for you.
6: Eliminate excess clutter and bullshit from your life. Your physical space. Your mental space. Your digital space. Your creative space.
7: Miles Davis said “Appreciate the space in-between every note”. Sometimes our the silence is the most important part. Enjoy it.
8: Never hang out or associate with negative people. Cut them out of your view. Forever. It’s a waste of life and distraction from all the stuff that’s possible.
9: Never hate or be jealous of anyone. It takes too much energy; energy that could be used to better your life.
10: Guard your privacy.
11: Call people before you text or email them.
12: Opt out of group texting.
13: Check email far less often than you do right now.
14: Watch less TV than you do right now.
15: Read all the new news about your industry every day before you check your email. Become obsessed.
16: Read blogs written by the people you admire.
17: Follow creative people and tags that inspire you on Tumblr. Use it as a place to dream and visualize the story you want to write for yourself. Take peoples ideas, reblog them, and see them as your own.
18: Read a book each month. 12 each year.
19: Get off of the computer at least two hours before bed. The screen over stimulates your pineal gland and messes with your ability to get real REM sleep.
20: Have a routine that helps you wind down each night. Lower the lights, read, etc.
21: Get to bed by 12:30 or 1am every night.
22: Buy the most expensive mattress and sheets you can afford. It’s where you spend a third of your life.
23: Drink a gallon of water per day. Cut out all other beverages. Except for green tea, a limited amount of coffee and some vodka or tequila.
24: Stop wasting away all your money on bogus supplements. Get a custom vitamin pack from the guys at singularity or if you can afford it then get a blood test, gene sequencing, and have MoGy build you a daily pack. If all of thats too expensive then buy Fish Oil, Milk Thistle, and a generic Multi Vitamin. Take it every day.
25: Exercise every day.
26: Hire a trainer if you can afford one. If not then remember to focus on a handful of exercises from each category and stick with them until you are really good at them and can no longer make progress. This will probably be years.
27: Cut out all processed foods and eat healthy food that you can enjoy. Taste it.
28: Overcome the past by creating a future. We are all much more resilient than we give ourselves credit for. When traumatic stuff happens it’s normally an opportunity to supercharge your life and get rid of the people and ideas that are holding you back.
29: Keep a close circle of friends. Would you rather have silly superficial group of insecure people or an intimate set of lifelong deep relationships with a few amazing people who understand your thoughts and are eager to move mountains?
30: You are your most creative and important product. Treat yourself that way.