Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Slower Creative Cycle

Three Hundred Eighty Second Post: The Slower Creative Cycle

I was at a scrap yard years ago during the winter. Winter is a slow time work wise. I guess everything has its “down time.” Much like when you work on “projects.” We all know that whenever we do work some times are slow and others there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. That is likewise with the creative cycles.

So what can we do to get back creative inspiration? Well from what I observed at the scrap yard relates to all types of work. Clean up and construction are slow in the winter, so the amount of metals coming in is slow. What they do is save the air conditioners, motors and any other equipment with valuable metals that is difficult and time consuming for the winter when there is more than enough time and work needed by the employees.

How does this relate to creative cycles. The thing that I found that works is a clean up. That is a clean up of the desk or work area. In that depending on how need you keep your area, you will find incomplete projects, articles or books you meant to read, and basically anything that you were interested in but never got to. And it doesn’t just have to be a work area. It can be saved computer files or journal entries.

It sounds simple. That is because it is. It is basic common sense but you’ve got to save those projects you don’t have time for and finish them at the down time.


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