So, the tremendous conversation in the comments to Alison’s post about how what you wear impacts how others perceive you got me thinking. Like it or not, what we wear does seem to impact how others perceive and even value us.
But, there’s something more, something deeper that seems to be going on, too.
What we wear may change how others perceive us, at least in part, because it also changes how we act and interact with the world. It effects what goes on in our own internal psychic ecosphere.
And, I began to wonder…
How does what you wear impact what you create?
Legendary copywriter, John Carlton, tells the story of how he used to have a very specific outfit that he’d to wear to write copy. And, he had to wear the same thing every time, right down to his hat in order to get into that place where, as he says, he literally stalked and attacked his writing.
Could it really be that what you wear changes how you feel enough to impact what you create?
And, what about other factors like where you work, what your view is, how light or dark or loud or quiet it is. Do these things change your creative output, too? In my experience, everything from what I wear to where I am and what I eat have a pretty profound impact on my creative output.
These things form my Optimal Creative Modus Operandi (MO).
So, I thought it would be fun to do an experiment here and share our collective creative MOs. I’ll start and I’d love for you to share yours in the comments.
Below is a short list of personal and environmental conditions that have an impact on my creative output, along with my preference for maximizing the flow of creative juices.
Here is my Optimal Creative MO:
- Clothes – Bare feet, old jeans and a well-worn t-shirt.
- Sound – Moderate background noise, classic rock, love writing to Led Zeppelin
- Light – Bright, sunny setting, preferably with sunlight on my face and body
- Time of Day – Early morning (5:30am), then again late in the evening.
- Location – Crunchy, low-key cafe, home-office or Soho House in NYC.
- Directionality - Facing out into a room with a wall or substantial piece of furniture at my back
- Routine/spontaneous – Routine, BUT provided I have an idea capture device
- Long periods or short bursts – 2 to 4 hour intensive creative sessions where time often fugues
- Carry something to capture ideas on the fly? – Always have a voice recorder or app on me
- Squeaky Clean or squalor (setting) – Squeaky clean
- Clean or dirty – Unshowered in the morning, showered at night and in the final weeks of writing a book, you probably don’t wanna get too close to me, lol.
- Solo or surrounded – Solo, except when creating music, then collaborative
- Digital or analogue – Analogue to ideate, digital to flesh out and build out
- What fuels you? – Raw almonds, organic berries and ice-cold water
- Leaded or unleaded? – Leaded latte in the morning, nothing in the evening.
- Breaks – Getting outside between creative bouts, preferably by water or woods.
- Mindset practices that fuel creation – Meditation, playing guitar.
- Movement practices that fuel creation – Yoga, hiking, running, spinning
So, now it’s your turn.
What’s YOUR Creative Modus Operandi?
Copy and paste the below list into your comment then share YOUR creative M.O…
Time of Day -
Long periods or short bursts -
Carry something to capture ideas on the fly? -
Squeaky Clean or Squalor -
Clean or dirty -
Solo or surrounded -
Digital or analogue -
What fuels you? -
Leaded or unleaded? -
Mindset practices that fuel creation -
Movement practices that fuel creation -
Looking forward to discovering YOUR optimal creative MO…
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