Brainstorming with a Twist to Find Energy and Time

Brainstorming Energy

Brainstorming to enhance energy and find time!

Brainstorming is a very effective tool for loosening up your energy and thinking when you’re stuck. It also helps you access creative, and sometimes unexpected, ideas.

Today we’ll explore ways that brainstorming can also be a vehicle for turning negative thinking on its head. When you use brainstorming this way, you fundamentally and powerfully transform your energy and your time.

Sound interesting?

Well, here’s how it works …

Let’s say you’re having one of the most frustrating days ever. You’re getting more and more irritated. Nothing is going right, and next-to-nothing is getting done. You are digging a deep hole for yourself, and all the while you hear the clock ticking in the background as you lose precious moments to overwhelm.

If you’ve had days like this (and who hasn’t?!) this is when you need to call “Time out.” Stop the rising panic and anger. Find a way to let those frustrations out and turn them around so you can get back on track and get productive.

Brainstorming to Let Go

So take a deep breath, pick up a pen and paper, and sit down. Already, can you feel a small shift?  Just stopping like this means you’re taking charge of yourself and your time. And that really helps!

Now, draw a line down the middle of your page.

On the left-hand side start writing every single thing that is frustrating you right now.

Don’t censor yourself. Write fast and let anything that comes to mind move through your hand to the paper. Maybe you’ll be surprised at some of the things that come out. Don’t worry, that’s great!

As you engage with this simple act, you are starting to let go of the things that are in your way.  Putting them on paper gets them outside of your head.

Now you can begin to see them for what they are.

Brainstorming to Transform

The next step is a different kind of brainstorming.

Scan what you’ve written in the left-hand column and, as they come to you, begin to write statements in the right-hand column that balance or counter what’s on the left.

Maybe it’s an affirmation, or maybe it’s a fact that helps you see the exaggeration or error of one of the negative statements.

For example, you may have written “My office is a disaster.” on the left. On the right you could write something like: “It will be helpful to get things organized and I’ve scheduled time to do that on Saturday. For now it doesn’t need to get in my way.”

Or maybe you wrote: “I can’t write another blog post; I don’t have any ideas.” To counter this, say something like: “I am feeling overwhelmed right now but I will step away from that. I have lots of ideas collected in Evernote and I am going to pick one, pour a cup of tea, and get started in half an hour.”

The power of this two-step process is pretty amazing, actually.  It takes little time and both parts, getting the negative out and then transforming it to a positive, energize you and transform your time.

This helps, too…

And here’s another excellent resource that explores the ways that self-talk affects your time and your life. “‘These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!’ How to Use Positive Self-Talk to Save Your Sanity and Your Time! offers a powerful (and empowering) antidote to the destructiveness of self-criticism! With practical exercises, checklists and tips this Exercise and Guide Book helps you recognize the critical voices you carry inside. And not only that – it gives you a step-by-step path to take back your power and counter those negative messages with clear, positive messages of your own. Click this link to get started!

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