This, That, The Other, And Emmit.

Jan 11

All Signs Point to This, That, and EmmitFor the rest of this week?

You get to eavesdrop on my process as I try to kick-start my brain and my projects back into gear.  The new year is off to a rough start, and I need a bit of help finding that centered serene stuff that I ramble on about from time to time.

So yesterday, I made a few decisions about projects and priorities, and you, lucky readers, get to witness the results.  So here goes:

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Decision #1: Wake Emmit Up With A TweetChat.

My wild and crazy business plan named Emmit got a bit lazy over the holidays, so I’ve scheduled a Tweetchat for him this Thursday, January 13th, at 6pm Eastern.  The topics will be Business Models and The Future of #Emmit, so drag along any questions or insights you may have and be prepared for the usual sometimes questionable humor. You can find us by following the #Emmit hashtag on Twitter, or using the TweetChat website:

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Decision #2: Put The Habit Habitat Out Into The Wild.

The Habit Habitat Kit was supposed to be released in December, but I got stuck in the writing process.  The solution? I’m going to post a beta version here on the blog, one bit at a time, and make a small play kit available for purchase. Once the material is complete, I’ll polish, repackage and re-price the kit in its finished form. Owners of the beta kit will get the upgrade for free, so it’ll be a good value to pick it up when it becomes available.

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Decision #3: Fix My Brain, The New And Improved Version.

This is something I seem to do once every few years…  a brief period of focusing on the health of my brain and mind.  See, before I ran the Circus, I did a lot of brain-fitness related writing, a small amount of which can be found scattered around MindTweaks. Using that knowledge, I create a list of daily things that help my brain to function better – it’s not a list of what I recommend to everyone, but what I know works for me, from experience.

Want a peek at the routine? Sure thing. The stuffs are part of my ideal brain routine this week.

  • St. Johns Wort, Passion Flower & Airborne – proven or not, they seem to help me stabilize my moods when I’m off balance. I blame it on the placebo effect at times, but taking them helps.
  • Meditation/Entrainment Sessions. I’ve found this really helpful in the stress reduction department, and stress is a serious brain killer. Literally. It kills brain cells, and shrinks the amygdale among other things.  I’ve had good luck with some MP3’s that combine entrainment with hypnotic suggestions, and might pick up a new one this week. We’ll see.
  • Physical Activity.  Doesn’t have to be much. Or formal.  Just some.  Dance. Treadmill. Whatever. Why? Lots of reasons. It decreases stress, increases bloodflow to the brain, blah blah blah, the usual health claims. But of special interest to me, exercise causes the brain to produce new neurons. It’s pretty darn cool, really. So, yeah. Exercise. .
  • Brain Training. Those new brain cells produced when we exercise? Yeah. Challenging the brain to learn new, difficult and unfamiliar tasks wires those neurons into new neural pathways.  In past experience, regular brain training sessions greatly improved my mood, which seems odd, but, there it is.  So I renewed my Lumosity subscription yesterday – though there are other programs I recommend, it remains my personal favorite for quick neuro-refreshers.
  • Vitamins & Antihistimines. Gah. All these pills! This seems less important right now, somehow, but still.  Allergies are a pain, so take the pill that minimizes them.  And since I don’t eat the best diet, the vitamins are pretty important. Start taking them, please!

Diet is usually an important part of a brain-plan, but I’m not going to mess with it this week, because I don’t want to.  And to be honest, I almost certainly wont get all of these things done every day. But the more of them I do, the better my brain is likely to function.

If there’s any part of this routine you’d like to know more about, just ask in the comments, and I’ll do my best to explain.  I may or may not report in on my progress later this week, so if you want to know, you’ll really have to speak up.

Any questions?

If not, I’ll see you all on Twitter, Thursday night, 6pm Eastern, for the creative business plan chat named #emmit!

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  1. Maureen /

    Boo hoo hoo. You have a TweetChat but I have a meeting tomorrow night. I will be pouting through the whole thing but it is about singing and I love to sing so…
    I was SO looking forward to meeting Emmit!
    I will most certainly be purchasing one of the play kits. I will sit down on my playmat, kick my heels and cry if its via Paypal.
    I think I’m having a cookie meltdown.

    • Tori Deaux /

      Can you make it Friday night, Maureen? We had a massive Twitter fail at the appointed time, so we’ll be trying again tomorrow…. 6pm Eastern. Join us if you can. And bring those melted cookies, they sound delish…

      • Maureen /

        Aggggh I was heid prisoner by a study monster! My brain feels like I got a brain freeze from a Slurpee.
        I am sad I missed your party. Next time I’ll bring chocolate chip cookies & milk

  2. Hey Tori… 🙂

    Wondering what you use for the meditation/entrainment? I’ve used Centerpoint (not any more), Wild Divine (for the stress reduction) and Brain Sync (and have loved it!) but wondering what else is out there…

    Thanks 🙂 (and good luck!)

    • Tori Deaux /

      I use TransparentCorp’s products, primarily MindStereo (though I covet MindWorkstation, which is sweet). They’re PC Software based products that allow you to add your own entrainment to existing music or in the case of MindWorkstation, it will generate it’s own lovely background noise. Here’s a link to a product review I did years ago:This Is Your Brain On Music (there are affiliate links in the review)

      When I’m feeling slightly more disciplined, I sometimes use the Bhuddhist meditations from WildMind – the free materials they provide are excellent, and the available MP3’s are top notch, too. (No affiliate links in that one – I wish they’d restart the program though, their offerings rock)

      I’ve tried a lot of other stuff, and these are among the few I feel fully comfortable recommending.

      These should go in the popcorn section, but I’m lazy 😉

      • Sweet… I am looking into all of these now. I LOVE this kind of stuff… thanks big bunches :o)

  3. I don’t do any of those good things–which could explain so much! Thanks for sharing your process.

    • Tori Deaux /

      You’re welcome, Marie… Your music helps your brain a lot, you know!

      Someday I’ll write a brain-fitness-for-creatives ebook. When my brain is up to it. 😉