Get in the Zone - the Creative Zone!

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Get in the Zone - the Creative Zone! by Jennie Norris, ASP Master, IAHSP - Owner, Sensational Home Staging





My eyes are heavy and my head has sunk blissfully into my pillow. Another day passed and I am ready for a good night's slumber . . . and then something odd happens. My brain decides it is not ready for sleep and all these ideas start to flood in. It's like a door to a creative part of my brain that was not awake (or acknowledged) during the day has been opened. And I HAVE to walk through it.

In the past I did not take advantage of these Creative Surges and would believe I would "remember the message in the morning" only to have the details be a distant memory. The inspired genius idea or thought not to be recovered and perhaps a missed opportunity went with it.

After having this happen to me one time too many, what I learned to do is to have a notebook by my bed for ideas, sketches and thoughts. I have even been known to get up at 2 AM and go to the computer to type what I have in my head - to get it out so that I can rest and go to sleep! Sometimes it takes a few minutes, and other times it has taken a couple of hours - but I have to get it out.

I have done this with business ideas, Staging plans and projects - where I visualizing the end result. I have had this happen when developing a marketing campaign or idea. I have written articles and stories based on Creative Surges. I have had ideas and brainstorms for our family, my life - and been amazed at what clear thoughts or solutions come when I turn off my own conscious thinking.

I remember one of my first Creative Surges happened when I was 18 and was asked to write an article for a magazine. The article was about what it was like being an identical twin on a performance team - which had been my life for 8 years. So I wrote a nice article and went to bed. Then I had a Creative Surge and the entire content and tone of the article completely changed in my head. I got up and wrote and wrote and wrote! The resulting article was so much better and inspired than the original, and the overall tone, message and flow was completely different than the original - and not something I thought I wanted to write. It was not until my mind wandered to my Creative Zone that I was able to envision something totally fresh and new.

I have written blog posts or had ideas floating in my head about something I wanted to share and it is not until I am in a quiet place of rest that my thoughts are free to flow! I have to go to my Creative Zone where my Creative Surges happen. So it reminds me to allow my Creative Surges to happen during the day too . . . get to a place where I am not just "doing" things all the time but to allow myself time to rest, get quiet, even lie down - and let my mind wander.

When is your Creative time and do you let your inner Creative Surge happen? For me "zoning out" is not about tuning out - it's about tuning IN to my inner creative self - and allowing the "genius" that is in all of us to come out and inspire!

Paper ready, pen poised - Bring on the Creativity! Get in the Zone and watch your inner genius arise!

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Jennie Norris, ASP Master, IAHSP-Premier, SRS, REO, Owner & Principal Stager, Sensational Home Staging serving the Greater Denver region

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Don Williams
Bay Coast Realty - Rehoboth Beach, DE

HI There Jennie, I read your blog, it was like a poem.  Where did you get the really cool widget with the slide thing?

January 16, 2010 08:17 PM #1
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Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

You're so right, Jennie. We never know when the creative surge will come. For me, it's usually in the shower -- bizarre, I know. Sometimes it happens as I'm trying to go to sleep, and I often fight it then, though I've finally put a notepad beside my bed. I draw the line at getting out of bed during the night though!  Mind you, I can't tell you how many nights I've spent staging or decorating a client's space while "sleeping." -- Tanya in Montreal

January 16, 2010 08:20 PM #2
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Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regionnulls Premier Home Staging Resource, ASPM, IAHSP, ASP-SRS, ASP-REO

Hi Don - thank you for your feedback . . . a poem - that's nice. . . the Widgetbox is something I added a while ago - and I think if you click on the link at the bottom of my box it will tell you how to add one to your site.  It is an html code (I believe) that you inbed on your description of your blog.  It was not too hard to do - although I want to change the pic of me and cannot remember how to do that :)

Tanya - the shower is another great place - nothing to do in there but let the water run - and thoughts do flow too!

January 16, 2010 08:32 PM #3
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Paulette

lOVE YOUR BLOG.. LOVE WHAT YOU SAID. I HAVE A NOTE BOOK BY MY BEDSIDE, AS I HAVE IDEAS ALL THE TIME. IMPLEMENTING THEM IS ANOTHER STORY. THANKS FOR YOUR GREATNESS MY FRIEND! 

January 16, 2010 10:04 PM #4
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lOVE YOUR BLOG.. LOVE WHAT YOU SAID. I HAVE A NOTE BOOK BY MY BEDSIDE, AS I HAVE IDEAS ALL THE TIME. IMPLEMENTING THEM IS ANOTHER STORY. THANKS FOR YOUR GREATNESS MY FRIEND! 

January 16, 2010 10:05 PM #5
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Jane Ann Lance

Spot on, Jennie!  Creative creatures that we are need to be aware of when those creative thoughts occur.  You are so correct that these thoughts occur sometimes in the middle of the night...middle of the morning...but we are awakened and loaded with thoughts.  Thank you for validating our similar experiences. 

January 16, 2010 10:11 PM #6
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Renee Helten
Keller Williams Realty DTC - Englewood, CO

Thanks Jennie for the reminders in your blog! It seems you keep reminding me that I have forgotten half of what I used to know. Don't know what that says about you OR me! Something good I am sure! Go to your edit Profile page to "adjust" or change your picture...not that you need to though! Talk or see you soon I hope-miss you!

January 17, 2010 01:00 PM #7
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Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regionnulls Premier Home Staging Resource, ASPM, IAHSP, ASP-SRS, ASP-REO

Thanks, all!  Glad that the post reminds you (us) to tap into the often lost creativity we all possess!

January 17, 2010 05:51 PM #8
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Sheila Kennedy
J29 Project - Rochester, NY

I can really relate to your midnight musings!  Lately especially I have woken in the early morning (like 2 or 3 am) and had a brainstorm and needed to write it down.  It is amazing the way inspiration happens, resolutions form and ideas conceive.  The difference for me was when I stopped ignoring the surge and started writing it down.  Life has gotten much more interesting since then. :) 

January 17, 2010 09:55 PM #9
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional

Sometimes I get so excited about a job that I have trouble shutting off my mind. I lie there and work out variations for the rooms. It usually means I'm awake for hours. I've also been known to wake up about 5am and the mind starts ticking so I'm up for a very long day. Maybe I should take your advice and write it down and then I'd be able to sleep.

January 22, 2010 06:24 PM #10
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Kelly Townsend
Coldwell Banker - Santa Rosa, CA
CDPE, Realtor

Great post Jennie. My mind never seems to want to rest at night and you are right, unless you get it out, it won't let me. This is probably why I'm on AR at 1:29 AM!

January 27, 2010 03:30 AM #11
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Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Design2Sell - Atlanta, GA
Home Staging Atlanta

Good reminder Jennie, I have done that in the past and will plan to implement it again. Another one is to kep a little Notepad with you all the time to write down idea's during the day :-)

January 28, 2010 08:11 AM #12
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