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In “The Accidental Creative” Todd Henry speaks about two more areas that he believes are key in providing structure and rhythm to the creative process. These are:
4. Stimuli - he says “What comes in must come out.” It is for us to determine what is important to come into our sphere and what is just noise. He says to focus on stimuli that are challenging, relevant and diverse. He also says that three factors should play a role in the direction:
5. Hours - Henry says that we have to let go of our constant crunch on time. As creatives he says we are judged on our effectiveness, not our efficiency. If you want to have a lot of ideas then you have to structure time to do that by establishing the following:
So how do you keep all of this on track - this structure and this rhythm? Well Henry says to have regular checkpoints to add discipline to your life. It includes weekly, monthly, and quarterly check-ins in each of these five areas to see where you are making progress and where you need to make adjustments. It is also a way to create accountability, traction, and clarify opportunities.
How are you managing the stimuli and hours? What are you doing keep track of your creativity? Which of these five areas can you implement in order to bring a bit more structure to your creativity?
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.