How To Inspire Creativity and Focus

Creativity often requires quiet and concentration–elusive qualities in today’s full-time-access multimedia world. To foster creativity, this entrepreneur created a quiet space at his company’s headquarters where employees must leave their gadgets at the door.

Source: Wild Creative: Igniting Your Passion and Potential in Work, Home, and Life

An entrepreneur like Brian Faherty, founder and creative director of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., knows the power of cultivating a quiet space. Faherty founded his wildly successful company on the premise of returning to a handcrafted industrial lighting and home aesthetic. In a few short years, his company grew out of a small storefront into a 125,000-square-foot headquarters. He created a “digital-free zone” in his offices and named it the “Fire + Water room.” Faherty found that balance between his digital and analog world was crucial to being a more effective leader and creative thinker. “I only have so much bandwidth myself, and if too much of it gets used up doing digital things, then I don’t have any room left for the other areas that are more important to me.” With a wood-burning stove set against a weathered brick wall and couches sporting wool blankets, the Fire + Water room is designed as a retreat for “the creative mind to work unencumbered by technology.” Anyone who enters must leave digital devices behind, but they are welcome to add wood to the fire.

Consider finding quiet space in your own way each day, with electronics set aside. Setting down distractions and nurturing a connection with your inner creative space is a loving act toward the creative potential within. If this inner place has been neglected, it may feel awkward at first to be in this stillness, requiring effort not to be pulled by outer distractions. But in the quiet is where you reconnect with your own creative impulses. Build in creative space and time in your life—even schedule it on your calendar—in order to reconnect with the inner muse and wellspring of your creativity. And once you find the inner stillness, stay in contact with it.
In the words of Deepak Chopra,

“Wherever you go in the midst of movement and activity, carry your stillness within you. Then the chaotic movement around you will never overshadow your access to the reservoir of creativity, the field of pure potentiality.”


Do you have a quiet space in your office or home?
Have you allowed for quiet moments in your day or week ahead?

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A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A blogging coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. Corinne writes at Everyday Gyaan, reviews fiction at CorinneRodrigues.com and encourages writers and bloggers at Write Tribe and offers offline coaching to writers and bloggers at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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  1. Its surprising but I am seeking a quiet time. I am not an introvert and loved myself surrounding with people but as I am heading towards 30, I am noticing a change in myself. I started afternoon walk with no one along- My quiet time. Its great to have a linkup in the middle of the week to keep us going.

  2. It is killing me, this lack of quiet zone….not just technology free but people free also….:D……I need people around but lately there has been so much going on that I have hardly had a respite…..haven’t written much lately….but I guess it will be back to ‘normal’ after sometime….Till then, I will just try to find time to read….:)

    1. Oh I know what you mean, Sunaina. If you’re an introvert, as I discovered that I am, having people around all the time can be draining too. I hope things get back to normal and you find your quiet times every day.

  3. I don’t have a particular space as such to connect with myself. But I really need a digital free zone. Electronics have become so addictive, we don’t even realize it’s taking over life. I loved the quote 😀