Research: Connect with Your Yowling Self

Research: Connect with Your Yowling Self

The creation process can feel as elusive as trying to catch a jellyfish. It’s important to remain grounded, so we don’t get stung. This is why “RESEARCH” involves connecting with yourself first. Understanding ourselves and how we work is the most important connection we make as part of the initial stage of working on any project

Whether we realize it or not.


Our Brain Needs the Comfort of a Map

Often we focus so much on the final product, we forget that there’s a path we must travel to get there. According to neuro-metacognitive specialist Dr. Caroline Leaf, “There are approximately 100 billion nerve cells in the human brain. These neurons grow more than 100 trillion connections amongst each other in a dynamic integrated network.” Researching yourself is like having a basic map through this tough terrain. Without a conscious connection with self, you will miss out on the most creative and cutting-edge ideas your brain has to offer simply because it is distracted.

Connection with Self: Your Map through the Formless Mass in Your Mind

We bring all that we are to any school assignment, business project, or artistic endeavor. This includes past experiences–both successes and failures–as well as original ideas, observations about the work of others, what we’ve read, formal or informal instruction…even gossip from the water cooler, latest chat room, or local cafe. This collective cloud of knowledge, practice, and trivia coalesces into a formless mass in our mind. We know it’s there but sometimes are hard-pressed to pick out anything particular from it. The raw material exists, but the mental lump seems dark and empty. Our brain brims full, but we don’t even know where to start.

 “There are approximately 100 billion nerve cells in the human brain. These neurons grow more than 100 trillion connections amongst each other in a dynamic integrated network.” — Dr. Caroline Leaf, author of Who Switched Off My Brain?

Even if we think we know where to start, we often have little idea where to go next. There may even be some aspects of our creation about which we are clueless. We may need help and not even know it. Research fills this gap.

Research Yourself: Stage 1 of Your Yowling Creator’s Way

Researching ourselves means understanding our personal reality and the conditions we need in order to create. We deal with reality by doing three things:

  1. Recognizing what we have
  2. Accepting what we lack
  3. Learning what we need for the journey, which is our Creator’s Way

This is vital because what may work for one person may not work for you. This is the problem with hard-and-fast methods and inflexible strategies. They promise a lot; but when we try them, they deliver so little. Then we wonder what’s wrong with us that these things that work for so many others do not work for us. We can get frustrated to the point of yowling.

You can connect with the way you create simply by understanding the environment in which you best work:

  • Do you prefer background noise or do you best concentrate in absolute silence?
  • Do you tend to work better in the evenings or the mornings?
  • How much can you accomplish when faced with only 15 minutes? 30 minutes? An hour?
  • How long can you comfortably create before you begin interrupting yourself with bathroom breaks, checking messages, playing computer solitaire, etc…?

The answers to such questions are important because we can generate unnecessary obstacles and blocks for ourselves unintentionally. Avoid self-sabotage. Take the time to connect with yourself and understand how you best work in order to make your Yowling Creator’s Way a journey of joy and satisfaction.

How do you best work? Share your experience here at Yowling Creator. Check back soon for more tips on how to effectively research yourself.

7 Responses to “Research: Connect with Your Yowling Self”

  1. Mayra R says:

    I work better early in the morning, ex. 5 am, because I feel rested and my mind seems more clear to think; at this time I am able to concentrate.
    The survey helped me to understand that the environment plays an important role on the creation process, therefore I produce more when is quiet.

  2. Lanette says:

    Your articles are for when it absolutely, positively, needs to be understood overnight.

  3. Maddy Herman says:

    Understanding how I best work has been the most enlightening experience of my first year of college. I realized that I do not work sufficiently with background music or noise. When I realized this I went to a silent spot and was able to complete so much work in a small amount of time. Also I noticed I am able to accomplish more in the evening than in the morning. Recognizing different factors in my work has helped me save plenty of time during my writing process.

  4. Austin Santiago says:

    I work best in the evening to late night, most importantly on a full stomach ready to conquer the task. I work best when everything I need and want is in its place in my surroundings, perfectly and exactly how I want them and how I left them. My desk space is of the up most importance; as I spend the most time dwelling upon it, the desk is the most meticulous and scrutinized part of my creative space. In addition to, the environment I work in must be quiet and disturbances of people and noise is highly distracting to me. A calm mind, organized and clean workspace and silence is all I need to create new and creative things.

  5. Tania Ortega says:

    I work better at night when everyone at my house is sleeping. I am not a morning person, so I rarely do homework in the morning. I like to listen to music while I’m doing homework. I find it helpful and relaxing. I also like to take breaks every half an hour. My brain just can not function for a long period of time.

  6. I was in the process of writing my poems for a class. I was having personal problems. I was in pain and feeling confuse. This time help me to understand that I was hurting. I had to stop and figure out how I would be able to concentrate. I discover that late at night I was very productive. I undestand my situation.

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