So you looking for ways to use a large portion of your brain’s potential?
Did you know that you can actually tap into your brain’s power and make it a super idea machine by doing just a few simple things?
I believe that every single human on this planet had been gifted with creativity. But very few of us consciously tap into it’s power.
The whole aspect of creativity is what makes us human. This is the single most important quality that differentiates us from the machines.
As I was studying some of the world best thinkers, I got to collect a few ideas which can help you generate more ideas and in turn change the quality of your life.
10 Tips To Make Your Brain A Factory Full Of Ideas
1. Start Off With An Idea Journal
I always carry a my black book of ideas wherever I go. This is my idea journal. A lot of times I go to the beach with this notebook, and usually get a lot of ideas just after sitting on the ocean shore.
I’m also a digital note taker, but I always prefer my black book, as it’s easy and convenient and more humanised.
Once I have physically written all my ideas, I then transfer all those into my digital notes.
2. Pen Down 10 Ideas Daily Before You Sleep
I have studied at least 50 millionaires and not all, but most of them have this habit of penning down their ideas for the next day, the night before.
That way, they actually subconsciously sleep over it and take action and manifest many of those ideas into reality.
You can cover ideas from all aspects of your life – health, wealth, relationships, spirituality and leisure.
3. Make Sketches Of Your Ideas
Visual representation of ideas is far more powerful than writing lists or bullet points.
Maybe it’s your marketing strategy and funnel design you’re working on – and instead of writing down points, you can actually visually draw our your entire business funnel online.
Maybe it’s also an idea on how you want your website to look. Draw it out! This will stimulate your brain to bring out more ideas creatively.
4. Conduct Brainstorming Sessions With A Mastermind
Bringing together a bunch of passionate individuals to brainstorm on new ideas is by far the most powerful form of idea generation.
When you normally think about ideation by your own, you are actually limited by your own experiences and thoughts.
But when you get a group of passionate people together who love a particular subject, then magical things can happen.
The reason why I started my blogging mastermind is for this specific reason.
5. Get Your Ideas On Paper – No Electronics Please
There’s a unique between your physical hands, the pen, paper and your subconscious mind.
When you get all those electronic gadgets away and start using your physical apparatus provided by God, then you can start generating even more ideas than on any electronic device.
To make it even more stimulating, use chart paper and a lot of colors to start representing your ideas.
6. Get Yourself Around More Creative People
You are who you associate with. If you want to start thinking more creatively then start meeting up with creative folks.
You can go to websites like meetup.com and look for all the local events happening in your city and network with some really creative people.
This itself is a creative exercise because it breaks you away from the normal boring routine of life.
In the digital world, start bookmarking some of your favorite websites and social media handles which inspires your creative side.
Start following really creative influencers on social media and see what they are doing.
7. Get Good Food & Nutrients In Your Systems
You are also what you eat. There are certain foods which can help you enhance your creative side.
- Unprocessed foods: Though nobody is certain why, study after study has shown that supplements do not provide the same health benefits as real, unprocessed food.
- Greens: Cruciferous vegetables – such as broccoli, brussel sprouts and leafy greens (like Picasso’s spinach) – have been shown to encourage a slow rate of cognitive decline which is a natural part of ageing.
- Whole grains: These wholegrain foods will stop the glucose energy that your brain feeds on from being released too quickly, providing you with a steady stream of mental energy as you work on your masterpiece. Make sure to eat whole grains for breakfast and you will be rewarded with a slow release of brain food throughout the day.
- Fresh Fruit & Vegetables: Treat your brain like a car engine, provide it with high quality fuel and it will run better for longer periods of time.
- Beans & Pulses: Beans and pulses, such as lentils, are a lean source of protein which will regulate the release of glucose to the brain. Lean sources of protein, as opposed to unhealthy fatty sources found in whole milk products and fatty foods, will not damage your brain.
- Nuts & Seeds: Try to fill half your diet with lean sources of protein and the other half with fruits and vegetables. The two sources will work well together to keep your creativity going strong. Some varieties of nuts are also a source of brain-boosting Omega 3 fatty acids.
8. Get Used To Finishing Your Tasks
When you get into the habit of finishing things regularly, this feeling give you a boost of dopamine which can help you boost your creativity.
Start with small tasks, and slowly move on to bigger ones.
In essence, the feeling of accomplishment is key to helping you bring on the creative side of things.
9. Look For Newer Life Experiences
Going to new places, meeting new people and taking roads which you have never taken before give your brains new experiences.
These new experiences actually sharpen your brains and turn on your creative side drastically.
New experiences actually widen your perspective about life and people and you will actually have a much bigger pool of inspiration compared to those who’ve had very limited experiences in life.
This will make you a more open person, who’s non-judgemental – which will directly help you produce new ideas.
10. Snap Out Of Any Negative Loops
If you ever start feeling that you’re not creative enough, snap out of it. It’s absolutely not true.
It’s like that feeling of a writer’s block. Even the greatest of artists and writers go thru that feeling of not being creative enough. It’s ok.
But the key is to not turn that into a negative self-destructive loop.
Final Thoughts – Lubricate Your Brains!
To be in a constant state if creativity, you can use some of these brain lubricants.
Over to you… Any other ideas to boost creativity?
If you’re keen to live the internet lifestyle, then you’ve got to set up your space to be more conducive to that style of living.
As I was researching this topic, I stumbled into various awesome websites and resources which give good examples of minimalist homes, and tips on how to set them up.
Came across this really cool this company called NEOTECTURE, where I got some of these ideas.
Why Do You Need A Minimalist Home?
Ever since I shifted from Bangalore to Chennai a few months back, I consciously decided to keep my home clutter free. In the last 6 months, I’ve observed many positives of keeping less stuff at home.
- Gives more breathing space
- A clean home also extends to having a clean and clutter free life
- You save time in cleaning and maintaining things
- While the inventory is less, you can get what you want really quickly
- You also think twice before buying anything for the home – you save money.
- It gives a sense of liberation and freedom to live in a space that’s less crowded
- It makes your home feel more livable
- It’s classy and cool with a lot of day light
If you’re planning to build a lifestyle business on the internet, it makes sense to start getting all your junk out and making your home more like some of the examples that I have given below.
Why Go The Minimal Way?
Simply put, “A Minimal home is a clutter free home”.
A minimal home has only absolutely necessary things inside it. A few pieces of meaningful art on walls, a few plants to liven up the interiors and bare minimum furniture.
1. Peace of Mind
It’s always so clean and visually pleasing that it will literary give your mind well deserved peace after a hard day of work.
2. Positive vibes
A minimal home is clean, visually pleasant and everything is arranged perfectly. That will transfer positive vibes to the inhabitants. Imagine a meditation hall, which is often empty, with almost no furniture or any other objects, painted in neutral colors, mostly white. What kind of feeling you have when you enter the meditation room? It’s always positive, right! You get the similar feeling in a minimal home.
3. Easier to clean
The more stuff you have, the more you have to clean. Think about how much time and energy you can save in minimal living, and how less stressful your life will become.
4. More Beautiful
A minimal home naturally looks beautiful. Why? It is clean, clutter free, more open space, no visual distractions. All this makes it more appealing.
Key Qualities Of A Minimalist Home
Here are some key characteristics of an “internet business” friendly minimalist home!
Clean Surfaces & Neutral Colours
In a minimal home, surfaces like walls, floors ceilings are clear and mostly painted in neutral colors like white, gray, and beige. Surfaces are often clean and with very few objects on them.
Every room of a minimal home would only have the essential pieces of furniture, which that is functional and absolutely necessary.
More Natural Light
A minimal home is designed in a way to take maximum advantage of the natural light. With light neutral colors in the interiors, a minimal house always looks brighter and pleasing to the eye.
More Open Space
Since minimal home contains very few objects, it looks more open and welcoming. There are no extra pieces of furniture in the rooms; hence rooms look bigger than the actual.
Look around your house. Take all the unnecessary stuff and get rid of them or give it to somebody. Keep only the absolutely essential things.
This part will explain what kind of furniture you should have in different rooms. The key here is to take one room at a time. Don’t try to do the entire home at one go. You might end up creating more mess than sort them out.
How To Setup Your Living / Drawing Room
You don’t want to fill your living room with a lot of furnitures.
Here’s a list of furniture that you should have in order to give your living room a minimal make over.
One 3 seater sofa – Preferably with gray, beige or black upholstery.
- One lounge / reclining chair
- One small Coffee table.
- Flat screen TV on the wall, no showcase or cabinet required here.
- And a simple wall clock.
How To Setup Your Dining Room
A dining table with 4 to 6 chairs, depending on the size of your family and the space. It should be very simple and with a clear glass top. You may use the natural wood colors for the table and chairs.
How To Setup Your Kitchen
The goal here is to keep your kitchen platform as clean as possible at all times. So, have only the most essential objects out on the counter, i.e. microwave, juicer etc.
Make sure you use light-colored finishes for all your kitchen cabinets and furniture.
How To Setup Your Bedroom
A wardrobe with glass doors (to break the volume of your large wardrobe)
The design of a bed should be as minimal as possible and preferably without or with a very small hood (a hood is the backside of a bed). You can add up a couple of lamps, if you’re a fan of mood lighting.
How To Setup Your Home Office
One simple table (preferably white in colour) with a minimal desk-lamp, one chair, a very small book shelf / stand (not over-crowded with books). Add a small indoor plant to liven up the space and make it look refreshing.
How To Setup Your Bathrooms
They are tricky as taste varies from person to person and size of the bathrooms. A few key points to consider:
- No Bathtub (if you have a super lavish bathroom, you can have one but it shouldn’t occupy more than 20% of the space)
- Just one cabinet below your hand wash basin, no cabinets on walls as they make your bathroom look way smaller and create a visual distraction.
- Again color is the key here, you may use the material you want on the floors and walls of your bathrooms, but make sure you choose neutral shades.
How To Setup Natural / Artifical Lights
If you’re building a new home from the ground up, make sure you utilize the maximum potential of the natural light.
If possible, have maximum windows / openings to the North directions. Light from the north direction is of the best quality.
Avoid having large openings on South and West directions. The light from these directions is harsh. (Those in the Southern hemisphere, avoid using North lights, South is good for you).
Now, if you’re upgrading your existing home, increasing the natural light might not be possible at times. So, your goal here is should be to play very carefully with artificial lights.
Use white or ivory lights; avoid using yellow lights (You can use yellow lights to bare minimum if you’re a fan of mood lightings)
The key here is to make your interiors look very bright at all times (Yes, even during the nights).
How To Setup Surfaces & Floors
Surfaces include floors, walls, and ceiling.
Paint your walls with bright white color, so that they can reflect the light well and make your home look brighter.
Ceilings must be painted with white, you may still experiment with the walls by painting them in a different color, but it’s a big no-no for ceilings.
You have a couple choices here when it comes to the floor. Let’s look at some the options below.
You can choose any light color tiles, but make sure you don’t use more than two color combinations and avoid using fuzzy patterns and too many details.
Use large size tiles (preferably 2 x 2feet or larger) as small tiles mean more joints which gather more dust. If your budget permits, you can opt for marble, but choose light and neutral colors.
You can go with any color here, but the key is to not to. Use more than two color combinations, and low in contrast.
How To Setup Art Pieces
We all love some form of art. And we want to keep the art we love in front of us all the time.
You can have meaningful art pieces on walls, but those should not cover more than 20% of the wall area.
Keep it simple; don’t just hang anything to fill up space. The blank wall will look much better than a wall with bad art on it.
Apart from wall art, you can also have a few objects like vases, lamp shades etc. of optimal size (not too big, not too small) but don’t have them in all rooms.
You can have a small vase probably in your living room and small lamp shades in your study or bedroom.
Hope this guide will help you transform your home and lead you to a simpler, more meaningful life.
The next time you walk into someone’s home and look at all the clutter, you’ll surely be able to gauge the amount of emotional clutter that’s present in that person’s life.
Trust me, every since I’ve adopted this style of living I’m able to have less and do more in my life.
I’m sure you would have got some idea now on how to start planning your living space into a more minimalistic one.
Did you know that you can actually increase your brain power by being more productive?
Productivity is the hottest topic in today’s super fast paced lifestyles that are filled with so many popups.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
If you study neuroplasticity–the theory that has proven one extremely amazing fact: Our brains have the ability to change. It means that if you aren’t that smart in one area, that’s totally fine! You possess the option to “change” that region of the brain via a bit of training.
Your brain is actually a muscle. It requires regular exercise.
Check out this really cool infographic below by Wrike.
I urge you to go thru each of these 50 tips and ponder over them one by one right now.
Hope you found these 50 tips useful and informative.
“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” – Zig Ziglar
In today’s highly distracted world, it’s important for us to take a step back and think about how we can really improve the quality of our lives.
A lot of peoples’ brain power is dwindling due to the fact that everybody is so busy, that they don’t have time to think if they are headed in the right direction.
You have the power to create magical things in the world. You have the passion within to impact the lives of thousands of people. God has gifted you with a brain which is capable of doing some really wonderful things.
It’s just a matter of you taking that first step.
Minimalism is a growing movement across the world where people are beginning to realise the importance of living a clutter-free lifestyle.
Having less and doing more is a pretty powerful statement, but only a few are able to take this step and do away with all the stuff that they do not need.
Some of the reasons I chose to live a minimalistic life are:
- I have lesser decisions to make on what I have to wear the next day
- I feel so much light when I travel
- The stuff I own are the best quality. I have less, but the best of what’s available.
- If I have to move homes or move to a different place, all my stuff will fit into once suitcase.
- When I live in a clutter free home, is gives that sense of space which allows me to think about and appreciate life’s gifts.
- I’m able to have more money to spend on things which really matter.
- Living a laptop lifestyle is very much possible, without having to report to a boss.
- I’m able to give away stuff easily, which I never use. If something is never used for years, it’s out of my life.
- I’m able to value every single thing. Do you own things or do things own you?
- The attics in my home are clean, and having less furniture automatically allows me to consciously keep things clutter free.
Here’s a really cool infographic by Custom-Made which I found on Pinterest, which substantiates some of my reasons.
Why I Believe In The Laptop Lifestyle
With minimalism being the core, you can actually have the flexibility to live a life of freedom and flexibility.
All you need to think about is what can you do to add value to the world.
“The feeling of being unchained by the shakles of society’s norms and ultra-consumerism is something which can only be experienced – it’s like living a life on diet – where you really feel good from within!”
When I started learning from my mentor on how to create wealth online, it immediately struck me that MONEY is the only factor which keeps people as prisoners in the JOB world.
The whole world judges you based on your job, your car, and your clothes without knowing the real depression that you may be experiencing within, in spite of having all those facilities in life.
The purpose of this blog is to inspire you and open your mind to another world.
It’s to let you know that you DON’T have to abide by society’s norms.
You have the power within to start creating a new life, where you can start living on your own terms.
A life of freedom, flexibility and purpose.
You were born for greatness.
“Don’t let your neighbours define your life’s choices.” – Sidz
This online business system will give you all the tools and strategies to build and scale a lifestyle business.
All you have to do is trust in the process and learn from a man who’s done over $200million in sales online.
Success is all about modeling the best, it’s about modeling someone who’s walked the talk.
Ever wondered how the most successful businessmen manage their time?
Jason McCabe Calacanis is an
Here’s a pretty cool set of things that Jason does to efficiently manage his time. (Originally posted on Quora.com)
- I read at least 2 hours a day.
- I spend at least 2 hours a day with my family (more on weekends).
- I meet with a dozen founders a week.
- I host two incubator classes a week, 3 hours each.
- I host This Week in Startups 2x a week, 90 minutes each.
- I write for at least five hours a week.
- I work on seven days a week.
- Play poker 1-2x a week with friends
- Do a Tae Kwon Do class 1x a week with my daughter
- Do a hike with my daughter every week (4 hours!)
- Social media, an hour a day probably
What Can We Learn From Jason’s Routine
All of us have just 24hrs in a day, but it’s what we do in those hours that make a different in our lives.
If you’ve observed Jason’s routine, he’s got the main chunks in order:
- Personal Development
- Family Time
- Focused “Income Producing Activities” in Business
- Speaking / Training / Value Giving
- Personal Writing
- Passion Time: Martial Arts & Hiking
- Social Media
How To Apply This In Your Internet Business
We are in the age of the ‘knowledge worker’, and it’s very easy to get distracted from our daily goals.
So in order to start living the internet lifestyle… we’ve got to inculcate some simple daily disciplines!
- Reading Daily
- Blogging Daily
- Marketing Daily
- Unwinding Weekly
- Efficiently Using Social Media
1. Readers are Leaders – Time and again, we’ve seen that those who spend a lot of time reading are the ones to end up having better lives and bigger bank accounts.
When David Wood once met a top millionaire many years back, he asked him, “What’s the Secret To Your Success?”
The millionaire told him just one thing…
“Read daily for 60 minutes for the next 10 years without fail, and your life will not be the same again.”
This golden advice helped David create over 15 millionaires world-wide and also helped him generate over $186 million in revenues online.
2. Blogging – The purpose of blogging is two-fold. It not only helps you give value to your market but also helps you learn as you write. As you LEARN, DO & TEACH at the same time, you will experience a super-charged growth in your personal and professional career.
3. Marketing - Getting new customers into your business is by far the most important activity in your day. Spend more time in marketing and less time in beautifying your website. There are many ways to market your website. Learn how David Wood does it.
4. Unwinding – All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Sames goes while building your internet business. Pick your passions and allocate time for it. Even till today, I try to spend a lot of time working on my music production sitting in my bedroom home studio.
5. Social Media – If you are effectively able to use social media to build a connection with your audience, that’s the best! I spend a lot of time on social media, giving value to my network using Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc.
How To Prioritise Your Tasks
Know your priorities. Here’s a technique on how you can chunk your tasks into any of these 4 areas.
Prioritizing the tasks you need to do yourself is key. Once you have put the tasks in “do it now” you can look at the timelines for each activity and finish as per the urgency.
I try not to be really busy, but for periods of weeks and months at a time I can be. I’ve found the following things work well to help me cope and remain productive when there is more work than time available…
- Operating Rhythm – you go insane without a tempo or rhythm to the day. Carving the day up into a few distinct chunks helps enormously. I generally spend the first few hours offloading the urgent stuff onto others who are more competent or have capacity to get it done. I then tackle the one big thing I WANT to do. I keep doing this until I’ve gotten as far as I can that day. I then move onto the must do urgent stuff that I don’t want to do. I take one shot at it, do it as well as I can before exhaustion sets in and the stuff that didn’t get done goes into the “offload” pile for tomorrow morning.
- Safety Valve – my worst moments and decisions have always come when I’m super busy. I’ve learned a lot about my own triggers and how to intercept my default behaviour and substitute something a lot less harmful. If I go for a walk around the park in the middle of the day, then something really frustrating just happened and I’m dealing with it the best way I can. By the way, I also learned not to take my phone with me on those walks, because if the wrong person tries to contact me at that time then I need to go and get a new phone ;-)
- Sorry, but No – when non-important stuff gets added to the list, being able to say “no” with empathy is a very useful skill. Don’t leave any room for confusion though. No means no. Saying it to clients is an amazing experience – “we’ve got too much on, but let me make a warm introduction to these guys” has never failed me. It may seem counter-intuitive, but it works very well to help build relationships.
- Time Out – every now and then you just need to stop. The busier you are, the shorter the break needs to be to have an impact. I have taken this to extremes and done things like missing a flight sort of on purpose to simply buy a few hours of downtime.
- Book a Holiday – being busy can get addictive. I found that booking a holiday at a future point in time can be a great way to bring it to a conclusion. Generally, look a few weeks or months in advance, book it and then count down to the day the crunch will end. I’ve never stressed about not making my holiday because have an end in mind is a great way to focus.
Conclusion – Final Thoughts
It all comes down to balance.
You’ve got to have the right mix of personal growth, business and leisure for you to nail it!