Welcome to the studio Drummer chats. This is a creativity podcast. We talk about music, production, drum stuff, creativity, Paul kinda stuff. So if you're a creative person or want to be a more creative person, and particularly if you're a musician for drummer, hopefully you'll find some useful stuff within this podcast. Today is a short take, and we're gonna talk a little bit about mental energy. I thought this might be a good topic to start the new year with. Many of us are making New Year's resolutions and making our checklists for the year and trying to figure out what we want to accomplish and do. And I came across a study recently of many that talks about the fact that we have a limited amount of physical mental, an emotional energy to use per day, and I started thinking about what do I focus my energy on guys, you're going through your day? I'll ask you, What do you focus your mental energy on? This could be a great question to ask if we're trying to create more things in New Year trying to work on new things in the new year, tryingto check things off our checklist. What are we spending our limited amount of mental, emotional and physical energy on? If you're a naturally creative person, you may be creating things all day in your mind. And I'm sure many of us have looked at the time track on our phones to see what APS we use the most. And for how long. You know, I don't know about you, but for me, between social media, the news feeds, email texts and oh yeah, working family. It's no wonder we might feel like we don't have the mental energy to utilize our creative side. We're probably using the creative problem solving parts of our brain the other day. But I'm talking about the kind of creativity that is fulfilling and leads us to something greater within. If we really want toe do that thing, we have to parse out the amount of energy we spend when everything we do in our daily lives to make sure that we have enough left over Thio make the time and to do that thing, we may think we can't live without our daily dose of local on world news. But you might be surprised, and we may have convinced ourselves that seeing what our friends from high school had for lunch is really, really important. But again, we might be surprised the next time we tell ourselves we don't have time to do this thing or that thing. Maybe compare that with our weekly phone usage, breaks down and see if we can maybe shift things one way or the other to make a little bit of time for that thing. Here are a couple of tips If you want to be more creative and utilize the limited amount of mental energy that you have in a day, number one. Write down something creative that you'd like to create or do ago. Whatever you want to call it, put this somewhere that you can't ignore. It might be a journal that you have opened in the morning where you sit. It might be a post it note on your dashboard. It might be a giant poster on your wall that says right, the first paragraph of my book on beekeeping. What this does is it shifts your limited amount of mental energy in the direction of that task. Number two that post it note, I referred to a minute ago, or that journal or that piece of paper, Carry it with you everywhere you go until it's done. Treat it like a soon the hatch egg that you have to take care of until it comes out of its shell. This might sound a little silly, but it works. It's a constant reminder. I've found that while you can set reminders on your phone, they do help schedule your time to work on that thing. But ultimately you start to ignore them. And speaking of scheduling, decide win number three, you're going to spend some time on this creative project. You don't have to rearrange your life. Just carve out 30 minutes a day. If you can turn off the phone, don't look at the e mail our social media and dig in one or all of these tips might work for you. Experiment with him. See what happens just by shifting Your focus in this direction might make a huge difference in your creative output. I'm wishing you a fantastic new year, lots of creativity and hoping that you get lots of things done. If you want to reach out to me, feel free to at the studio drummer on Instagram, and you can also check out some of the things I'm doing on YouTube at the studio drummer. I look forward to talking to you soon.