There are days when I feel I am too much in my head. Usually I have been focusing on a problem for too long, the focus starts to narrow until it is too small and my head seems like a enclosed space.
Then I know I need some expansion. This is a list of things that help me get it:
- Look at a big blue sky (1-5m)
- Go for a walk (15-20m)
- Take a long hot shower (15-20m)
- Take a nap (less than 30m)
- Listen to one of Tara Brach’s reflections (30-50m)
- Exercise (30-50m)
In this episode of Remarkable people, Guy Kawasaki interviews Julia Cameron, and she tells how she has a writing extension that she uses when she wants to express expansion. It has a huge window overlooking the mountains. And when she wants to be straightforward, she goes to the library to write inside of a square room.
I never thought about modifying my work space for expansion or focus. I think that mine is more square than open. Maybe I can add a painting or a poster to look at when I need some expansion.