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Creativity Tracking

I use a habit tracker sheet to track my mood 3x a day (morning, mid-day, evening). I've said for a while now that creativity (as measured by my ability to make idea lists) seems to ebb and flow somewhat cyclically. It got me thinking about tracking how creative I feel daily.

    1. Scale

    I initially wanted a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the most creative, but since I track mood on a scale of 1-10, I used 1-10.

    2. Mood

    Tracking against average mood might be helpful

    3. Sleep

    I don't track my sleep, but it might correlate to creativity

    4. Exercise

    Are we more creative on days we exercise

    5. Outdoor time/Sunshine/Vitamin D

    This is distinct from exercise...

    6. Diet

    What have you been eating?

    7. Weight

    Did you lose/gain weight?

    8. Meditation

    Another habit some people track.

    9. Journaling

    10. Decluttering

    11. Final Thoughts

    Because my creativity has peaks and valleys, I try to ride out the latter by batching and scheduling idea lists on days when creativity feels higher. That may betray the principle of daily practice - but I'm still exercising my idea muscle an equivalent amount. I think it's akin to doing a lighter workout (e.g. walking rather than running) on days when you feel physically run down.

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