Managing Your Creativity
February 10, 2020
I am an abundant creator. I have a library of songs, poems, food recipes, product ideas; but I have a creative problem. The problem is that you may never see a subset of these projects. I am a strong creator; I am not the strongest finisher. I acknowledge this shortcoming but I do not accept it as my ceiling. I am dedicating more attention to the structure and consistency of my creative process. The following principles are some guidelines I consider when starting, continuing, or finishing a body of work:
Limit Your Active Projects
Time is both arguably our most precious resource and our greatest productivity constraint. Be honest and realistic when reconciling your availability with your activity. Prioritize your projects' activity relative to your personal conditions. The less diversification of your resources, the greater your yield of investment
Focus on a Single Project
You are human Your attention and energy is limited and must be recalibrated. Spreading your resources thin, across many disciplines, will dilute your ability to express profoudly. Maximize your impact by allocating your resources to a single scope; work actively on one project at a time, rather than juggling multiple responsibilities
Strategize Your Project's Release
The world not only deserves to recieve and appreciate your project, it needs your work. Any economy, especially the creative economy, needs active exchange to stabilize and thrive. I'm guessing you want to deliver the best version of your project as you possibly can. A sound strategy ensures a successful release and reception. Start planning your project's release now, so you are not burdened with administration delaying your debut.
Schedule and Adhere to Deadlines
Constraints and accountability are the most powerful physical and psychological boundaries to ensure creative output and expedite the creative process. You invite external dependencies, pressure, and potential social discomfort when you set and publicize your project's deadlines. You become accountable for your promise to a fixed moment in time. This is not meant to pollute your mind and creative process with dread and fear. You should leverage these boundaries to focus your attention and energy. You will be joyous and relieved when your creation is out in the wild.. You will build discipline and positively reinforce your creative habits for future engagements.
Recognize Your Limitations
Awareness of your physical and mental states are critical to achieving your creative goals. Practicing discipline is important, but being cognizant of your ability to produce is essential to prevent diminishing returns and burnout. There will be days when you just don't feel like working - or attempt to and cannot create authentically, with merit and intent. It is best that you listen to, and follow, your intuition - for your health, sanity, and creativity. In the long run, going with your flow will be more productive and effective than resisting your current.
I will continue to elaborate on my process as I continue to refine it and find what works best for me. I hope these suggestions help you with your creative process and endeavors. Go make great art!