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The Hyper Creative Entrepreneur – How to Set Yourself up for Success and Happiness

The Hyper Creative Entrepreneur – How to Set Yourself up for Success and Happiness

What do you want to be when you grow up? It sounds like a simple question, right? Well, whether you’re age 10 or age 40, that question is likely to make you feel a little uneasy if you’re a Hyper Creative entrepreneur.

Why? Because if you are a true hyper creative person, you do not know what you want to be no matter how old you are. The answer to that question for you seems to be, “Well, today I think I want to be a writer. Ask me in a week and I might say something else.”

That’s how you feel inside and if you say that out loud, then you get that look from the person asking you the question–that judgmental look which makes you feel as if there is something wrong with you because you can’t seem to settle down and just decide.

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In our society we equate mentally hopping from one passion to the next with childhood. Children are supposed to do that. They are expected to explore and discover and try a number of passions until finding the one that is right for them.  But there seems to be some unwritten rule that says adults aren’t supposed to allow our brains hop around like that. We are just supposed to know which area is right and stick with that.

But for the hyper creative adult, the idea of sticking with one thing can feel worse than a death sentence–the very thought of it can make you feel like screaming and running from the room.

It’s true that hyper creative individuals have some characteristics that appear to be similar to ADHD; however, these characteristics are not the same at all. Someone with ADHD might have problems remaining focused while someone with hyper creativity might be focused on so many things that none of them gets done well. Over a period of time this can certainly interfere with success and happiness.

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As a hyper creative person, what can you do to set yourself up for success and happiness?

This is easier than you think. The trick here is not specifically what you do, but how you do it. So the question for you is not, “What do you want to be when you grow up” but “How do I want to be when I grow up?”

So shift your thinking away from the what (that can and will change) and refocus on the how.

You can help yourself with this by making it your priority to develop your personal mental filter. You will then use this mental filter to make your business decisions. If a job offer, or client, or even your website tagline, comes through your filter with flying colors, then say yes to it. Here’s what needs to go in your filter:

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1. Will this opportunity allow me to be creative?

Let’s take the tagline as an example. If you create a website for your business and you develop a tagline, ask yourself if that tagline, what your business is going to do, will allow you to continue being creative. If it is too confining for you, you’ll ultimately end up rebelling, which will not lead to success. The last thing you want to do is develop a list of clientele who slot into your tagline so that you become known for that thing in a way that keeps you from growing. But if your tagline will continue to allow you/your business to be creative and grow, go for it.

2. Will I be able to get help with the aspects that I don’t want, like, or care to do?

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Is the payoff great enough that I can make myself slog through those areas?

Hyper-creatives are notorious for hating to do the middle part of tasks or jobs. The initial idea part is exhilarating, and the ending is satisfying, so when you think about tackling a project or job, be sure to think about the elements that you know you won’t be excited about doing. Then be honest with yourself about whether you know people who can do those tasks or if the paycheck or contribution to society is great enough that you’ll be able to make yourself do them even when you don’t want to.

A Note for Hyper-Creatives on Being Happy

Happiness is not something you achieve.  It is an attitude and habit. Whenever you think, “Once I do xyz I will be happy,” you are doomed to fail.

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There are many paths to being happy, but here are two techniques any hyper creative can use, right now.

1. Accept that there is nothing wrong with you. Nothing. Having a hyper-creative mind is part of who you are. The fact that others do not understand what makes you tick is not your problem. Once you stop fighting against who you are and embrace your hyper creativity as a gift and not a curse, you will be able to start using it to your advantage and you will be happier.

2. Practice kindness and make someone else happy. As they say, you can make yourself happier by making others happy. To get you started here are 21 ways to practice kindness today and instantly feel happier.

You are hyper creative. Say it loud and say it proud, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. Here’s to your success and happiness!

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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