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How To Replenish Your Energy And Creativity

By January 8, 2017 January 30th, 2019 No Comments

Ian Sanders is a storyteller and creative consultant. He’s also the author of four books. And he’s been a freelance journalist. Ian has a very new economy resume. As someone who is constantly hustling in a digitally connected 24/7 world and in need of creative space to fuel my craft, I turned to Ian for advice on recharging.

Here’s Ian’s guidance on what to do when your fuel tank is low:

  • Go do something else. If your fuel is low, you won’t be in the right mindset to tackle your to-do list. So switch out of work mode! Go do something else for an hour or two. Come back when you feel better. Which brings me on to #2.
  • Know what fuels you, and go do that. Those experiences when you feel in your element? Writing a blog post, going for a 40km cycle, playing the piano? Just go and do whatever that is, and as soon as you get into your stride, you’ll feel your fuel levels rise.
  • Get fired up by someone else’s story. If your own fuel tank is empty, try looking somewhere else for inspiration. Read a book, listen to a podcast, watch one of The Do Lectures. Get fired up by listening to someone else’s story.

Read my full Founder Focus interview with Ian, here (yes, he has great tips on getting your corporate story right).

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.