|Your mind is your work tool. How do you take care of it?
I constantly feed my brain with both common information, both new and old. A refresher on what you loved is always good, while knowing what has since come is especially important. I try to come up with at least one new idea a day or at the very least refine a previous concept to a more polished unbreakable salve.
Every second of every day. I feed it properly and I give it things to work on.
Frequent showers of Joy, meditation, laughter, intense social interaction and periodic reconnecting with nature in retreats without the use of modern facilities and silence.
I spend a lot of time in prayer, reading lots of "how to books", joining clubs whose members are far more advanced than I am. They constantly teach me new things.
By constantly keeping it active. Reading as much as possible and keeping up to date with latest trends.
Word. Man, I try to think only good things, keep my mind away of all the sickness (deceit, greed) that kills our nation.
WD40 for the mind
I make sure it gets enough rest. Our working days are long enough that I make a schedule and do my best to follow it. I also suffer with OCD, so repetitious activities are the ones with the most challenge. My wife and my dogs remind me of what is truly important.
I take care of mind with meditation, caffeine, nicotine, and a steady diet of rock n' roll, movies, and culture.
I don't watch television. I believe that it kills imigination.
I push myself hard, I have a lot of responsibilities and I don't get enough rest. I make an effort to eat sensibly and take enjoyment in the small things of life and nature. I think the most important thing is getting fresh air and exercise so I cycle about 10 miles a day (5 miles into town and back again). It's a nice ride but often the wind is hard in my face. I make sure I get a minimum of 6 hours sleep a night and don't have too many nights like that in a row before I have a really early night. I need some time to myself every day otherwise I start feeling swallowed up and frustrated. I might just go and sit or work in my garden or a park - take time to reflect. When I get things out of proportion I try to make myself think "what I would say to a friend I saw behaving in this way?". You have to be honest with yourself but also be kind and gentle with yourself. I'm a perfectionist so that's not always easy to achieve.
Meditation and not using the "think-plugin" more, then necessary.
I spend time walking around with my husband and dogs taking photographs. I have quite an extensive reference library.
Interesting question. I enjoy meditation to initially clear my mind, followed by a few moments of free writing and/or free drawing. These practices help me to stay focused but not completely tense. They are especially helpful in preventing artist's block.
I make it a point to expose myself to all sorts of different things. You never know what will inspire you and when. It's important to be diverse in this line of work.
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