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I like to do this fun exercise with my students, asking them to draw their best imaginary place to be creative. It's often outdoor in a nature quiet place or in an office with a large window.

All designers have their rituals: some type of notebooks, pencils, specific tools, furnished office...

It is also a good idea to prepare our workplace before creativity sessions. The ritual may also include a walk, a coffee... whatever, the important thing is that the brain and all our senses are preparing to receive inspiration. A ritual for calling the 'creative' muse.

We all have our favorite places when it comes time to concentrate and to perform important work. Whether a corner of the garage, the bedroom or an office, this dedicated place is important. The place where we set up our studio to better reflect and create can make all the difference.

TIP #1
Think about the design

What would you like to accomplish in this place? Make a list of your goals. Make a list of tools or objects that help you to create. If you have no budget constraint, what would it be? Take a piece of paper and a pencil and draw the area. It's not worth being gifted in drawing, the purpose of the exercise is to free the imagination.

When I have enough space , the fact that my office is fully dedicated to the production of a project helps me to stay focused. But sometimes I have to be in pandemonium because of lack of space depending on where I am.

Once your drawing ready, watch your room and make a plan to landscape your place of creativity as close as possible to the space of your dreams. Even without resources, you can rearrange your space and improve over time, keeping in mind your drawing.

TIP #2
Insulate yourself and look for silence

When planning this place, see it as a sanctuary. This place deserves that you give it your full attention. The author of the book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, specialist of mythology, Joseph Campbell, stresses the importance to develop a creative temple, a sacred place to invite your muses and hear your inner voice more clearly.

TIP #3
Think about lighting

Especially not neon, a light that tired eyes, ideally chose a window to enjoy the day light. Provide adequate lighting for days and nights.

TIP #4
Treat yourself

Choose your favorite colors, displaying images that inspire you, exhibit the accessories you like, it's your creativity temple. The time you take to make it optimal will be time savings to achieve what you want.

TIP #5
Clean the disorder when possible!

Too much clutter creates disorder in our head. That said, when I'm writing a book, you cannot enter in my office, books and folders form small towers... When I have enough space, the fact that my office is fully dedicated to the production of a big project helps me to stay focused. The important thing is to develop this place when possible, without making an unconscious strain like: "If I'm not in my office, I cannot create." We have to adapt and create no matter the place or the city where we are. Obviously, a clear area is more conducive to concentration or, at least, a place where you have access to all your tools.

As a chief prepares his kitchen, a scientist his laboratory, an artist sets up his studio, it is the same for every person who wants to put the odds on his side to achieve an important task.

TIP #6
Prepare your tools the day before!

It is a good idea to prepare everything the night before to be ready to start in the best conditions. Imagine you are a top athlete. Your brain registers your intentions, during your preparation. Work starts long before the big day. It is called the muse...

TIP #7
Dedicate a place for a specific job

Several authors situate their office in their garage, Austin Kleon author of Show your work and Steal like an artist, for example, has built in his garage a high table, he likes to stay up when consulting the Internet, a table for drawing and crafts, and another when writing. Most often a chair or sofa to read. When you are unable to concentrate, the fact of changing from a chair to a stand up position stimulates the neurons for further activity.

TIP #8
Move!

Health wise, it is essential to think about ergonomics. An ergonomic seat avoid back pain. Some appreciate the stools designed to maintain proper back position. But it is also important to think about getting up every hour to fetch a glass of water, take a breath of fresh air or exercise. Twenty minutes to get back in shape for work.

TIP #9
Close your email and phone

Put alarms between your intensive intellectual creative period. The concern with all impromptu signs: BIP, a tweet. Bing, an email. Buzz, a message on Facebook... it's endless. We are all addicts. Yet, the world will survive (and us to) if we disconnect for a few hours a day. It's a matter of discipline and habit. The best way is to provide time in the day where you take care of all your current affairs: telephones, messages... As soon as you enter in your creativity Temple, take the habit of closing what could distract you from your goal. You can also add a positive voltage by giving you one hour, for example, to write a text. Even if you have not finished, you will probably be more efficient with a deadline. Ask reporters.

TIP #10
Make a list of your priorities for the next project.

At the end of the session, determine what you want to accomplish during the next work session. The day before the second session, prepare your space again and reread your list before you sleep... set a more ambitious goal every time. You'll improve without even noticing it. Your brain hears all the orders you give. Its sole mission is to perform. You are in command. Happy creating!