Make the process works for you!
If you want to find the right ideas at the right time, you have to start an upstream process so that you are always ready when you need an idea. Thus, you will work every day to invent brilliant solutions to meet specific objectives within defined time limits. If you do this successfully, you will succeed in achieving what is important to you.
To release your creative potential, you must establish your own pace—one that is independent of the pressures and expectations that you encounter daily.
YOUR CREATIVE RHYTHM
This creative rhythm will provide stability and clarity to help you to face your problems with rigour.
You must focus on what is essential. If we could harness the total amount of energy wasted every day in the workplace, we could probably feed the earth for a year. We do so much inefficient work because there is often a lack of clarity around what we're really trying to do. In order to create effectively, you need a clear vision and a practical understanding of your goals.
You must learn to 'weed the ground', eliminating some activities and give priority to what is important to you. It is essential to learn how to increase your level of creative engagement, which requires a particular discipline. The assumptions can be disastrous for our creative process because they limit the way we look at problems. We live in a time where access to information is unprecedented. If we want to know something, we can have access to this knowledge in a few keystrokes. With smartphones, books on the Internet and tablets connected round the clock, 24/7, we may be in a perpetual state of distraction.
To do our best work, we must learn to pay attention to what is before us and develop the ability to stay focused on our goals.
According to Henry Todd, there are three types of personalities. Knowing your type and what you need to accomplish will help you to find the best methods for you:
A Drifter —A person who does all the work he is asked to do at every moment. He follows the current but seems to have no purpose or long-term goal. He got worn out by people and events.
A Driver— A person very focused on results. Drivers are “heads down”. They are ploughing through their work and getting things done, and they are extremely effective in short bursts and in the short-term. However, over time they become decreasingly effective because they aren’t doing the little things that prepare them for future challenges and obstacles. They are not developing themselves or their capacity for future effectiveness.
A Developer—A person who deliberately approaches each task as a project or an opportunity to develop new connections or potential ideas, always keeping an overview in mind.
The sooner you will focus on what you really want to accomplish, the sooner your creativity will help you to gain traction.
Be smarter together. One of the most powerful sources of creative inspiration is other people. When you "go outside yourself", you release and unlock latent parts of your creativity. If you want success, you must engage systematically with others and remember that life is bigger than your immediate problems. Consider how to build exciting and creative friendships? How to limit access to those that absorb your energy?
Strategies to enhance its relations: Start or join a Learning Circle (with other students, professors or experts):
• What are you working on?
• What inspires you?
• Who do you want to deal with?
• Set a specific time and stay consistent;
• Vary your subjects;
• Prepare fifteen minutes of content;
• Develop a core team;
• Choose people outside your company;
• Choose visionaries from a variety of industries.
Time management is not good enough. You must have the energy to remain fully engaged during the periods you have allocated for activities. To make the most of your day, you need to establish practices around the management of energy. You must take into account the amount of energy you have in your daily life and how to build protection against the people and events that drain your energy.
When planning your life, you must consider all your commitments in all areas. There are three planning timescales to deal with:
It is essential to analyze your commitments in terms of energy and examine them objectively. Saying no to a new opportunity is very difficult, but if you have been strategic in your planning and you know that a new commitment will really cost you, then you can refuse new opportunities with confidence. Once you understand your limits, you will be able to be more effective in managing your energy. When you examine your life, especially your creative work, it is important to identify the 'red zone' of activities that will really make a difference and generate a particular momentum.
Define what is in your 'Red Zone': Activities that only you can do or where you add value because of your position or expertise to advance a project; activities that increase your personal ability to generate ideas, such as study, ideation or information gathering; activities that provide cohesion or creative tension for your team so that it increases your future capabilities; activities that fuel your energy, such as adequate sleep, exercise and spiritual practice.
The quality of the output of a process depends on the quality of the input, and this is also true for the creative process. Henry Todd refers to creative inputs as "stimuli", as they stimulate creative thinking. Despite their importance, remarkably few people are heedful about these types of stimuli they absorb on a daily basis. If you want to regularly generate brilliant ideas, you should be aware of what you put in your head. You must make sure to nourish your mind. Even if you're willing to absorb a tremendous amount of information and to experiment a lot, your mind has limited bandwidth to do so. You need to choose, what is appropriate, step by step.
1. When you lack of information, make a plan to find it over the next three months.
2. What are you curious about now?
3. What would you like to be good at?
With all emphasis is on Study and reflection, you do not want to neglect real experiences. We absorb much of our understanding of the world through sensory interaction and experience. Ignoring this means you missed out the most important sources of inspiration. You should regularly seek experiences that will inform you, help you to see the world with a new perspective and will inspire you to new ways of thinking.
Here some suggestions:
- Take a walk around a park or visit a museum.
- Serve others.
- Attend an event that brings you out of your comfort zone.
They are the currency of productivity, time is money in productivity, and how you manage it will ultimately determine your success or failure. But to thrive, you must shake off the collective obsession we have with time. Concentrate on the effectiveness of learning instead of focusing on efficiency. You must ensure that the practices that make you a better researcher are listed on your schedule. You must learn how to ensure that your time is spent efficiently to achieve your best results.
This means that we should be ready to perceive our time as an investment portfolio and not a slot machine. If you want to have a lot of ideas, you need to structure a formal time in your life to generate them. Finding your rhythm is wise counsel that will bring more stability and creativity into your life, but this approach will only work if you are rigorous and consistent in the way you integrate these new practices. This is called FRESH according to Henry Todd.
The best way to "get there" is to create regular checkpoints to review your practices and ensure you have the right rhythm to move creatively and effectively. They are like road signs that continue to ensure that you are on track; you do not need them every fifty feet, but you need them often enough to make sure you do not stray from your path.
To implement these practices effectively, the best strategy is to revise your goals: weekly, monthly and quarterly. This will allow some flexibility in how the practices are implemented from season to season, but also to ensure that there is a coherent infrastructure to ensure stability in your creative process. "You probably do not care about the pipes that pass through your walls (unless you're a plumber), you just want that water to flow when you need it. It's the same for your practices, ensuring that they are there to serve you, not the reverse."
1. The importance of intentionality in your efforts to change the world;
2. The relationship between your definition of greatness and the results you see in your life and your work;
3. The ultimate goal of creative practices is not only to have a good system to follow that will motivate you daily; it is to allow you to go to a place where you have the ability to do your best and do what matters most. Thanks to your choices, you can have an impact on the world. The ultimate goal of establishing creative rhythms is to help you to be prolific, fresh and healthy, which leads you to having a huge and unique impact on the world for a very long period of time.
4. Once you have defined your main goal and segmented it into annual and quarterly goals that push you to exceed your 'stretch'. You prepare for a marathon: achieving your doctorate. Planning intense months 'sprint' for greater performance. Divide them into small training exercises, so you can perform daily 'steps'. And take some weeks off to relax and be with your family and friends.
Do not forget to write 3 priorities for the week and remember that aside from an emergency, what are the things you want to achieve that really matter to you?