Being creative takes energy. It takes time. It definitely takes money. There’s an art to it.
I realized last week that I live in some phase of creativity pretty much all the time. I was thinking about the artsy sorts of things I enjoy doing on the weekends…painting (my most recent attempt is shown here), pottery, baking, making cards, and doing craft projects. And during the week, I’m spending company time and money finding new ways to promote great novels from amazing writers.
Surprisingly, having a plan for creativity really helps the ideas bloom. Here are my thoughts on how to foster the best ideation:
- Buy a field in the land of “What If”- Be Curious. Challenge “business as usual” thinking. Ask questions. Dare to be different.
- Head to the Farmers’ Market- Make time for networking. Some of my best ideas have come from a random discussion at Panera where I overheard someone talking about a new artist, website, etc. And I’ve met amazing people who can do parts of my job faster/cheaper/easier than I can through social media like Twitter and Facebook.
- Till the soil- Ideas need time to cultivate (time to blossom, not rot in a stack of sticky notes). They also come to fruition faster when people are talking about them. Share your ideas with others and open them up to other points of view to make them stronger. Firmly planted roots bear better fruit.
- Be prepared to pluck some weeds- Some ideas never end up happening. Some ideas just suck. But cherish the process and be glad you live in a world of possibilities where tomorrow will bring new ideas.
What has to happen for your ideas to become reality?