Turn Your Mountain
Into A Molehill
Creativity is more than just a personality trait, it is an action that is applied to nearly everything present in the world around us. When creativity becomes a career, there is a tendency to be stuck without inspiration or new ideas and it can turn into a stressful situation. Being in a creative rut is inevitable, but with the right mindset, you can climb out quickly with bigger and better ideas than you had before. Keep these factors consistently present in your mind as you undergo your creative process.
Creativity is cyclical – meaning there is a cycle and a process to being innovative, and not following it can create room for a creative block. Creative people work with intense energy and focus, but then step back to disconnect and give the mind a rest. It might not be that you’re stuck, it might just be that you’re at rest, so make sure you use that to your advantage. Don’t fill your time with purposeless activity just because you are anxious about your productivity.
Learn to journal – There is more to brainstorming than just coming up with ideas on the spot, new ideas take time to process. Creativity doesn’t come out of nowhere, and journaling is the perfect tool, providing an avenue of discovery for your ideas to travel. Journaling isn’t about quality or consistency, or even having complete thoughts, think of it as a place and process to identify your new ideas and where you can stimulate new concepts and bring them into fruition.
Be prepared for when creativity strikes – Inspiration comes in many forms, so be ready for when it arrives. Have your pen and paper readily available always, record yourself when you’re thinking out loud. Being consistently ready should be an adjunct to your daily journaling, this way you have both your structured brainstorming sessions while at the same time, making room for spontaneous inspiration.
Identify your creativity triggers– Identify your passions in your journaling and find what excites you. Find time to delve into your passions and uncover inspiration as you follow what you love. Schedule time to read in that area or take a class or even find groups who share your same interests. Ensure you make time to pursue your passions.
Structure your workflow – Unlike creativity, visualization is a concrete process. The visual aspect of brainstorming allows conscious decision-making about priorities. Various software products can assist with this kind of process, but even something as simple as a list allows you to see what is on your plate, to prioritize and to check off completed tasks. Making lists frees your mind and your energy, which allows you to focus.
Evaluate & purge nonessentials – If you have goals in front of you every day, you can evaluate each activity against them. If an activity is sucking time and energy, accomplishing little toward your goals, get rid of it. Make sure to narrow your vision to prevent too many stimuli from blocking your creativity.
Break it down – turn big projects into smaller, more manageable projects. This is the art of turning a mountain into a molehill, then turning that same molehill into the most incredibly creative and productive molehill ever.
Giving yourself the right headspace allows you to free your mind, giving your brain the time and space to think and reflect, leading to quality over quantity in your creative brainstorming efforts.