デザインタイド トーキョー 2011 開催 / DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2011 is coming
Designing for the client from Hell: Yourself

Running, motivation, focus and creativity

One of the trails I run onYes, I know the title of the post is a bit poncey,
but since discovering a love for running I've noticed some interesting things.

1) I've got a lot more energy

People who exercise regularly are fond of telling those more inclined to a more sedentary lifestyle that exercising makes one more energetic. It sounds counterintuitive and I used to scoff at such nonsense while reaching for another cigarette, chip and swig of beer.

The thing is, it's true. I run nearly every day - I do some form of exercise every day - and I don't remember a time in my life when I've had so much energy. I basically do three jobs now, but I rarely get as tired and drained as I used to.

2) I've got a lot more motivation

Along with that energy is a desire to actually pull my finger out of my arse and get things done. I've always been a chronic procrastinator, but since getting serious about my health and fitness, I've seen knock-on effects in other areas of my life, most noticeably in being able to concentrate on projects and get them done well - not the last-minute jobs that were common when I was a student.

3) I'm more focussed

Time for a bit more ponciness: I find running therapeutic and, dare I say, meditative. I've usually got about a thousand thoughts in my head competing for brain cells, but when I'm running this activity slows down noticeably and I'm able to focus on one thing at a time, or simply focus on nothing.

I have since found that I can carry this focus over into my everyday life. I have changed the way I work and now only work with one client at a time so that they have my undivided attention. I also focus on only one thing at a time, whether it's reading a book or having a cup of tea.

4) I'm more creative

Getting healthier and fitter has not only made me feel much better, it's also made me more creative. Due to the fact that I can now focus on something much better than I could in the past, I am now able to channel my creativity much more effectively.

I used to talk about projects I was planning and get all excited about them, but that's all I would do - talk and get excited. I now get a lot more excited because I'm actually getting work done on projects I've wanted to do for a long time.

I know for a fact that I am not the only one who has recognised these things, but I just wanted to share the difference this small thing - running - has made to my life.

I highly recommend it, and if anybody is in the Tokyo area and fancies joining me for a run one day, drop me a line.