Distraction, or redirection?

Argentine novelist Julio Cortázar knew that focus is just one tool in the box.  Knowing when “distraction” isn’t what it seems may reveal truths about yourself and the direction your work should be going.  Embracing the “other” consciousness that taps against your focus bubble can expand possibility and solve problems.

“All profound distraction opens certain doors.  You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.”
— Julio Cortázar

The trick is in knowing the difference between a useful, creative tangent and something that is simply an excuse for procrastination.  You may have to go with your gut on that — but with practice, you’ll get better at recognizing which is which.

This week’s quote crossed our path through a great blog:  The Bulletproof Musician.  You can also find them on Facebook.


Diving deeper

  • Don’t doodle?  Try coloring for a few minutes — it’s the latest craze for “colorful” adults (this means you).  One of our favorite big-people coloring books:  Balance by Angie Grace

 

Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention

by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The celebrated author of Flow and the man who made the world value choral music in a new way speaks in this book about the very nature of the creative spirit.  Better than erudite, it’s a good read.

This is part of a weekly inspirational series on the Singerpreneur blog and social media for Lauri’s List. The 2015 quotes are also archived on Facebook and Pearltrees.
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