The creative process is much about preparation and good habits as these can drive you beyond places where inspiration stops.
Creative habits when incorporated into your daily life would improve the quality and quantity of your products. They improve your productivity.
Today I’d tell you about 5 of such habits which you need to imbibe for increased creativity and thus increased productivity.
1. Scheduling: the human brain is always looking for patterns. It is made up of neuroassociations hence our bodies are wired up to relating processes and procedures. We like having things to do with specific times for doing them. Simply put, we perform well on scheduled activities than on those that are not. Creative masters have learned this little secret and are thus churning out masterpieces every so often. Coupled with this is that the routines which these schedules come together with help solidify the process in our brains hence we’re able to do more using less time and other creative resources.
2. Studying: whether using books in a library or on the internet, research and constant study constitutes a major source of creative energy to produce creative masterpieces. Studying helps you stay abreast with current trends in your field and informs your knowledge base. One good thing about this is that it is a cheap habit as daily reading habit can be easily incorporated into your daily life. Studying can thus improve your productivity.
3. Ideation: ideas are birthplace of all masterpieces but although they are always floating around on our minds, ideation is not quite an easy process. This is partly because having ideas is only half way as you need to store, use and nurture them before they can lead to creative masterpieces and on the other side of the divide because inspiration doesn’t strike an idle mind. In the words of Jack London, “. . . you have to go after it with a club”. Either way ideation is a great creative habit that can result in a repository of creative processes to work on hence improving your productivity.
4. Writing: it is not up for debate whether writing is a needful creative habit as there’s no better way to store ideas than to write them down. However, the usefulness of writing to the creative process and indeed productivity goes beyond storing ideas. Writing helps you visualize your thoughts more clearly; helps you brainstorm and kicks off all other creative activities easily. It is a great binder for the creative habits hence it’s importance.
5. Action: these creative habits need to be incorporated hence the need for an additional habit involving actions. Taking action is the beginning of visible translation of goals to reality. It involves doing. Acting is the only way you can ever really prove that your creative muscles and energy has increased through the other creative habits. It is also the biggest symbol of increased productivity.
These creative habits if incorporated into your daily life would increase your creative muscles’ strength and the hence increases your productivity.
Incorporate them today!