If you’ve read The Leonardo Trait, you know that Leonardos, as I call extreme creatives (because that’s what we are :>) have two speeds—fast and stop.
If you haven’t read The Leonardo Trait, you can get a free excerpt here.
When I hear from “newly discovered” Leonardos, people who’ve just realized they’re Leonardos, I usually hear a couple of things.
First, I hear that the multiple passions and projects thing rings very true.
Second, I hear that they, too, have “two speeds—fast and stop,” and that they have never been comfortable with that.
So I’ve decided to offer a few tips (five, to be exact, but who wants to be exact, so I’ll offer six) on getting comfortable with the two speeds of Leonardos.
- Stop trying to have a normal energy flow. It ain’t gonna happen, as some people (but of course not me) say in Arkansas. Your energy and your circadian rhythms are pretty much fixed. You might get used to doing things differently, but your energy flow will always be what it is.
- Take advantage of the energy when you have it. This might mean doing some extra stuff on a high-energy day because you know that you’re nearing the end of your energy surplus for a little while.
- But don’t push yourself to exhaustion. This is one I still have trouble with. While I do have an unusual energy flow, I sometimes make the low-energy days a lot worse by doing too much right before them. I discovered I can write about 5,000-7,500 words a day, on average. Or I can write 12,000 words on Monday and not be able to get out of bed again until Thursday. So don’t do that J
- Rest when you need to rest. I know you have work and family and stuff. I’m not saying to ditch your responsibilities. But if you’ve had a high-energy spurt, you can tell it’s coming to an end and you’re exhausted at 8 p.m. and want to go to bed… Go to bed, if you can. Listen to your body.
- Let the people around you know that you have energy swings, and work with them, especially at work, to use your energy efficiently.
- There’s not really a six. I just said that.
What’s your biggest challenge with your two speeds?