When planning out your day, do you know which time of day you tend to do your most creative work? Where do you tend to think of those creative ideas? As I discussed in “The 5 AM Miracle Podcast” with Jeff Sanders one of the ways to become deliberatively creative is to capture those ideas whenever and wherever they come to you — usually, that’ll be when you’re paying attention to something else in a distracted, relaxed way like showering or exercising.
Ideas are all around us. They’re always happening, and we uncover those by reading different things and talking to different people. That’s why it’s also important to take breaks, ensuring that you work in short sports to rekindle the creative energy that helps make connections. If you’re sitting around and generating only 10-12 ideas and think that you’re being creative, you’re not. Those are only the ones that are surfacing in everyone’s minds — the creativity comes in the stretch.
Let the power of incubation work for you, too. Oftentimes, the most difficult part of a creative project is starting
“The best thing you can do when you get stuck on a creative project is push your chair away from the desk and go take a walk.”