Right Brain, Left Brain: It’s All Complementary

Left and right brains UNITE!
image by Stephanie @ CreativeLivingExperiment.com

I’d call myself a left-brainer. I love spreadsheets, lists, and for the most part, order and serenity in my home. Overall I’d say I’m a pretty practical gal.

I’d also call myself a right-brainer. I love color, art, the intuitive, the eclectic and what some may deem absolutely impractical. I have seven mannequins in my possession.

I like my desk tidy, but can live with a messy art table. I’m a planner who procrastinates, and a painter who finds solace in spreadsheets.

It’s a delicate balance sometimes, this seeming dichotomy, but I’ve learned to make it work and understand that both sides of the brain have their place.

Do you need to prepare for next month’s craft fair or plan the launch of your new e-book? Engaging your left brain can help you focus and make it happen on budget, on time!

Feel overwhelmed by to-dos, or in a bit of a productivity slump? Letting your right brain out to play may bring fresh perspective, new projects, and renewed energy to carry out your work.

“Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.

If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.”

~ Kahlil Gibran, excerpt from The Prophet

Reason, passion, left brain, right brain — it’s all complementary. It’s up to us to figure out how one can best serve the other.

How do you use reason to further your passion? On the flip side, how do you let passion release you from the confines of reason?

3 thoughts on “Right Brain, Left Brain: It’s All Complementary

  1. This is by far my favorite line of the day : I’m a planner who procrastinates.
    That is very much me. I adore spreadsheets, and organized, orderly columns. to-do lists with little boxes for checking things off make me happy; I’ll even add things I’ve already done…just so I can check them off of the list (too much?).
    My craft area…is not to be discussed. and procrastination…well, I’m commenting on a blog in the middle of a work day so…..yea.

    1. “I’ll even add things I’ve already done…just so I can check them off of the list”

      I can relate, Julia! Sometimes a girl’s just gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to find that momentum. : )

  2. Funny, I’m an artist and designer who lets loose by drawing ridiculous doodles, but also really enjoy the most ” boring” aspects of design such as visual statistics, charts, graphs, and complicated machine manuals. There’s both sides of the brain at work right there!

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