The goal here is to see if I can be more focused, more creative, less distracted and more importantly, the QUALITY of that focus and creativity.
I am both an artist/illustrator and a business owner. It can be really hard to do both, particularly when both is done in the same space, at home (I work from home). One needs me to lose myself in my ideas and creativity while the other needs me to stay focused and on task so I can make the most money possible and do the best work for my clients. So I thought I’d try something new for one week and see if it makes any difference.
For One Week…
I will diffuse some essential oils specifically for getting focused and creativity. I will also play music while I work. A few things to consider.
For me, the music can’t have words or lyrics. It must be just instrumental music or it will distract and annoy me. I can’t listen to music using headphones because this causes me to zone out and pay too music attention to, and get lost in the music. And the music needs to be uplifting, but not harsh, heavy, too fast or too crazy.
The essential oils I’ve started with are by Rocky Mountain Oils. I thought I’d start with an oil called Brainstorm and see how it did.
The first bit of music I’ve chosen is the soundtrack from the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I love that music and it fits the requirements of being uplifting but not harsh or crazy.
So I did this for the past week and it helped. I didn’t do it every single day. But I noticed when I played music while I worked and/or diffused essential oils, I was more focused and got more work done.
I learned that the trick to make this technique work was to begin by working this way. I found that if I waited “until later,” I never stopped what I was doing to put on music or start the oils.
Lesson learned: Even if I think I don’t need it, or I’m being stubborn (I can be stubborn), start playing the music and using the oils knowing I can always turn either or both off if they aren’t working.