Every winter the furnace guy comes to make sure our equipment is ready to keep us warm.
One year he found some rust in our pipes.
In order to get everything running smoothly again, I spent a couple of days a week draining the water to get rid of the rust.
After about one and a half buckets, the water started to run clear. But I’d still have to repeat the process because the rust would settle again.
This got me thinking…
Do you ever feel like your brain is filled up with gunk? Thoughts that get in the way of your creativity?
What if you could drain out the junk and clear your mind to unlock your creativity?
Why not try the Brain Drain?
The Brain Drain allows you to get all the rust out of your brain. Then you can focus on the things that really matter. The Brain Drain allows you to warm-up your engines. And build momentum. It also helps you get over the self-edit process so you can just create.
How to do the Brain Drain
When you wake up, grab a pen and paper and get writing. Try not to get caught up with other things. Just write. I usually do this in the bathroom…er, my office.
Start by writing three pages stream of conscious style. The content doesn’t matter. There’s no wrong or right. Just drain your brain.
At first, it’ll feel uncomfortable
You won’t know what to write. You’ll hem and haw. But don’t worry. Just write, “I don’t know what to write. I’d rather hem and haw.”
“Blah, blah, blah,” whatever
Eventually, you’ll find that you start to open up. What started as junk on the page changes to ideas, thoughts and sometimes full articles. Drafts anyway, as this was.
Writing becomes easier because you allow yourself to be free of the junk that was in the way. You’ll find your thoughts flow more freely. Once you reach this point you can start playing around by setting a time limit or asking yourself a question as a prompt.
But where do you find the time?
Try waking up a half-hour early. You’ll actually save yourself time later on when you start to create. You’ll already be warmed up and have a clearer mind.
Start the Brain Drain tomorrow morning
- Wake up a half-hour early
- Write 3-pages of whatever comes to mind
- Enjoy a more creative day
Keep at it
You’ll want to stop. Most people quit before they cross the threshold to opening up their creativity.
Don’t let the rust build up, do the Brain Drain. Keep your brain warm, clear, and focused so you can unlock your creativity.
What about you? Do you have any tips for revving up your creativity? Add them below.