Clearing the decks…
I wish it were otherwise, but that’s what I have to do each day if I’m going to see my creative urge shine through.
For me, creativity is all or nothing.
I have to:
turn my phone to silent
turn off my computer
turn off any music
and think of nothing but what’s in front of me
If I don’t, then I get nothing done.
For the last month or so, I’ve asked myself what deliberate practice feels like. I’m not sure I’ve a ready answer, but, if nothing else, there has to be a deep realisation that without present-moment-awareness, you’ll never achieve that state of flow that’s so essential to embedding the creative habit in your life.
I must say that I’m really enjoying mixing it up with words and images (see my previous post on sketchnoting). Whereas in the past I might have made a list or mindmap, now I feel drawn to sketch the big picture.
Of course, for anyone who makes their livelihood from creativity, all of what I say sounds banal and mildly ridiculous, but for me and I suspect a slew of people who are still in the ‘dilettante’ camp, I know that absent a narrow focus nothing gets done.
Let’s just hope I can continue to find the time to make my creative urge a reality.