Ignore the noise.
The first thing to do is work out what your ‘noise’ is.
So what is the ‘noise’?
The ‘noise’ maybe different for each one of us.
To be the most creative you can be, you might need silence.
I need music. My first completed novel was written to an Ellie Goulding album set to repeat. That cut out my ‘noise’.
If my mind wandered it only got as far as the music and after a few chapters I knew the entire album inside out!
Part of ignoring the noise is to be clear about what you are doing and why.
Sports people are generally very good at ignoring the noise. It doesn’t mean that it isn’t there, but they are able to focus on the one thing that matters at that moment in time. And they have usually trained themselves to do this.
As creatives we can also train ourselves. We learn the skills of our creative focus, so we can learn to stay focused on the creative output.
Try this quick checklist:
What is your focus and why?
- I am going to write chapter 3 of my novel which concludes the introduction to the main character.
What is your usual noise?
- Other people and the dogs
How to ignore the noise –
- tell the other people you are going to write for 90 minutes to get chapter 3 completed
- let the dogs out and give them a treat.
It is and it isn’t.
Sometimes the noise changes. Sometimes the noise is us.
As an athelete changes their training regime towards maximum performance, so we need to do the same.
Most major competitions take place every four years, so a training regime is a four year plan.
Your creative outcomes will have their own time frames, so bear those in mind and craft your own training regime.
This focus will help you ignore the noise.