Creative process is in everything. Things just sometimes transform in routines.
Even though you might be aiming for easy workflows that develop with experience. You know when things finally settle down and you can be proud of yourself.
It’s like yes, finally… and things keep going smoothly – and ageing. That’s life, and you don’t want to get in the dying stereotypes anyway. So you become glad for every new opportunity that comes your way. Like a spring rain.
Just imagine to connect with new ideas anytime you have free hands and you are just ready for new adventure.
It wouldn’t be that weekly to do’s leading to never lifted up cycle. It might be your new way of goal-setting mindset.
So, how do you come to your awesome ideas? Do you still take them as random sparks of a beautiful mind?
There is so-called Creative Process that although it might feel like -you are not supposed to follow to get ideas coming to your mind but instead learn what’s typical for each stage and find similarities in your own way of work or life projects.
Ideas develop even after their final stage where they fulfil their purpose. So processing them needs flexibility.
What does it actually take to repeat the process of giving birth to ideas?
“The Original” takes time to settle
There is nothing to invent. Every new idea grows from a connection
Being original is a luxury state of trust in own ability to leave your focus to yourmind to process it through your knowledge and memory. Than come up with something “new”, usually useful or entertaining in some way.
I liked an episode of TED talk by Adam Grant about being original thinkers.
You can imagine the process as an accumulated skill set or skill sets of your mind interacting
Sounds abstract? Skills are learned, and trained, right? And so the mind can be.
The magic that makes the wow effect of something original lies in the process. The only thing is it is time and focus-consuming to develop a habit to recognise the stages.
Impatience isn’t very needed for someone delivering results through a creative process. On the other
The simplest form of the creative process has been described already in 1926 and is considered the most straightforward way how to learn about how we process our ideas.
Although those 4 steps are easy in understanding how the whole idea-developing works. It depends on how you visualise the concepts interactions. Because they don´t come one after another just by knowing they should.
It needs lifestyle amendments and realisation of these steps while you live by.
That’s what I find exciting about it!: )
So what are those steps?
Prepare for an idea
Is the absorption of all possible related information. Knowing the context of and the area itself for which is the idea being developed for.
Your up-to-date knowledge and experience. Mixed with new carefully curated information. Based ontask and your inspiration context – the actual living environment and sources of yours.
Once you have gathered enough you still find some blank spaces. Areas thatneed more of the “base material”. You will start noticing you are connecting the concepts and getting in the next stage.
Incubation – let time make its part
Here you need to trust your mind and have a rest of your constant focus on coming up with any solution.
Give yourself a time or start doing another task to let go of the intensive learning. Calm activities usually work best to give your brain a rest.
For me it is different depending on complexity. I like cooking or instead of driving I walk wherever I can daily so I get in to the rhythm of the steps which can be almost meditative. (vid walking)
Just don´t forget to have your phone or something to make note with you
These first two stages are more important than you might think. That’s why it looks so easygoing to some people. It seems like doing nothing but waiting for a spark of amazing stuff that happens just to the talented ones by coincidence.
It happens just not by coincidence and the moment of the spark is the third step called illumination.
Illumination – capture the spark
This is the tickling-almost-like
I started noticing this actually works through preparing more complex tasks which I usually research until late evening and then waking me up at 4 a.m. fresh with ideas that didn’t let me sleep.
But when you need to work during the day you better adjust the routine of activities to stay on your feet, ready to be productive elsewhere too.
When you have those ideas it is good to be realistic and evaluate what you have come up with. Here a healthy self-critique helps.
It might be hard and tempting to show your ideas to an uninvolved person. But be aware of what kind of feedback from who you might actually expect. People usually don’t have the right words for you to express what you need to hear.
Verification – be open minded
And finally, at the verification stage, you go back to focus again and test out your idea by implementing it.
Now it is time for the creation you’ve made to shine. You turn your focus again on and evaluate the good and bad about it. Don’t get too frustrated though if you are not 100% amazed by your result. It is only you who knows the hard work behind. There are always many bad ideas on the one really good.
With practice you will slowly recognise the features of a good idea that is about to go through your creative process.
There are predispositions you need to realise about originality.
There is nothing 100% new to invent.
The magic of an idea realisation lies in the habit of a creative process.
It takes only 4 steps that can be learned by incorporating them into your lifestyle to bring more ideas to life.
Your mind is a tool that wants to be used.
Keep it for later