Creativity is never impulsive even though it bumps up on us without invitation at inappropriate occasions. The primary factor for anything creative is always ‘Inspiration’. But inspiration does not always show up when you need it. You have to expect them at the odd and always be observant about every little wonders happening around us in our day to day life. That’s what the story told by Elizabeth Gilbert in her Tedtalk(Your elusive creative genius) points at
“And then there were these times — this is the piece I never forgot — she said that there were moments where she would almost miss it, right? So, she’s running to the house and she’s looking for the paper and the poem passes through her, and she grabs a pencil just as it’s going through her, and then she said, it was like she would reach out with her other hand and she would catch it. She would catch the poem by its tail, and she would pull it backwards into her body as she was transcribing on the page. And in these instances, the poem would come up on the page perfect and intact but backwards, from the last word to the first.”
To spend at least an hour productively, is quite a tough task and now let’s talk about making a complete day creatively productive.
Inspiration- As I mentioned, Ideas or inspirations are not handy but when you do have one, make it handy. For that all you need is something to record this every time you hit with one. May be a little notebook or a memo in your phone or may be a voice recorder; apparently anything that can store these ideas and you can carry it anywhere.
Look for anything that draws your attention, your curiosity that you can’t walk away without knowing more about it. Curiosity, the wonder that is innate, has to be the one leading us. Sadly we are losing it but ‘it’s never too late to get back what you lost’. Simple—be a child!
Planning- Have a plan. Make a list all the things you want to do.
“The neo-classic writers believed that human beings are bound with limitations that we always tend to attempt only achievable goals. This made them make ‘human’ their primary subject for satirical literary works.”
As a matter of fact, it is true. But I would say there are exceptional cases when we people can successfully do anything we wish to do at the first attempt itself. Let’s not get into over confidence. Instead slowly build confidence and for that you need to make a list of achievable goals. Start with working on less effort works and enjoy the process.
The Beginning- ‘Stop planning and start working’ should be our next motto. Grab all the things you need. Find a quiet place (Well for a little inspiration for the search for your quietest place, here’s a video that worked for me-Here). Sit straight, close your eyes for a moment and take deep breathe and start working on your ideas.
These are the basics you need to make your day productive. But there is no limit to this thought.Take a break. You can make it more. Flourish it with all the things you love. Like, read a book, dance to your favourite music, hum a song, paint a landscape (oh you don’t need to be an artist! Here) or just walk a look into the lives around you and sigh “Life is beautiful”