Beating your head against a project’s metaphorical wall will never help you get into a creative and productive flow. Denise Jacobs presents four unconventional ways to help you get your creative productivity on
While most people attempt to force great ideas of out themselves by relentless pursuit of an answer to a problem or straining to think up original ideas, they don't realise that most truly great ideas are borne from a more hands-off approach that comes from the back and forth dance between concentrated and diffused focus.
The road less travelled
Creative bursts occur when discrete bits of information stored in the brain connect along new neural pathways. Unfortunately, most people are typically overloaded and exhausted mentally and in a stressed state when trying to produce good work. Despite their best efforts, their brains travel along well-worn, established pathways, and they literally have one-track minds.
Clearly, a one-track mind is no place to generate awesome ideas. But, if one thing were ever true, it's that you can't force creativity: it needs incubation, downtime, and the space to happen on its own schedule. However, just because you can't force creativity doesn't mean you can't give it the proper encouragement. Let's take a look at four lesser-known secrets for increasing creative productivity.