Preparing Yourself for Creativity
Lately, I’ve been challenging the team around here to get into a habit of preparing themselves for creativity.
Here’s what I mean by that.
So often the best ideas come when you’re not “trying” to be creative. You might be watching TV or taking a shower or listening to a favorite song and inspiration will strike, the question is, are you even aware that it’s striking and if so, how are you capturing that inspiration?
Here’s what that looks like for me.
First off, I try to filter everything I see, hear, and experience through the filter of “is this useful?” When I hear a song or take in a movie or go to a concert I’m constantly asking myself, is this useful? I study songs, environments, designs, films, all of it constantly looking for things I can apply to our services and events. Remember, so much of the creative process is simply learning to consistently ask the question “what if?”
Secondly, if inspiration was to strike, are you ready for it? Do you have a method or a format for capturing those ideas?
It seems simple, but it’s huge because if we want God to entrust us with great ideas we have to be ready to capture them when he gives them to us. Personally, I use an iPad and a Moleskine, for keeping track of all the ideas that rattle around in my head. But whatever you use, don’t forget that you’re responsible for what God has placed in our hands so carry a “capture” device wherever you go because you never know when creativity may strike.