Henry David Thoreau said, “this world is but a canvas to our imagination.” When I think of those words, I think of what power each of us has in controlling our own creativity. Artists, writers, photographers, musicians, entrepreneurs all strive to paint their own canvas.
At the same time, we struggle to unleash that creativity. I remember numerous times when I agonized over what I’m going to create. Take for example this post, I spent hours thinking about what I wanted to write. Hours. Frustrating to say the least.
Are you tired of struggling with creativity?
Seth Godin said, “my blogging life is basically goalless. I like the zen nature of that, and paradoxically, it improves results.” While the lack of goals in Mr. Godin’s blogging works for him, it doesn’t work for most of us creatives.
The key to sparking your creativity is setting goals.
To Be Spectacularly Creative Is To Plan
Many of my ideas are spontaneous. I think of things at some of the oddest times, including in the shower. These ideas are great. I jot them down and keep them organized in a notebook or Evernote.
But then what? Organized ideas are great, but what does one do with them?
I build my creative goals around my ideas. Here’s your 3-step action plan:
- Start with your list of ideas. Categorize them based on similarities. Drawing ideas go together, photos, writing, you get the idea. Grouping your ideas based on similarities will help your overall thought process flow easier. You want to capture your ideas but save time as well.
- As a creative entrepreneur, you want to add value. Once you’ve grouped your ideas, look at the ones worth pursuing. Not every idea is a great one. The airplane, great idea. Cardboard wings duct-taped to your arms while you flap really hard, not so much. Eliminate the ideas not worth your energy.
- Organize your chosen ideas into a calendar. Again you can use Evernote for this. From here, you can outline your ideas and set your target dates.
Using this process over the past two months, I’ve reached several small goals including starting the work on creating my first coloring book and creating my first free download to help others with their blogging. You can check that out here: 25 Words To Make Your Blog Post Titles Pop.
Spectacular creativity isn’t complex. You don’t need to be a genius to be insanely creative. Here’s the twist: you just need to set goals. Treat your creativity like any other business venture. Ask yourself what do you want to create and when do you want to create it by?
Simplify your creative process by setting goals for your creativity. You’re not limiting yourself. In fact, you will put your mind at ease by organizing your thoughts. Setting a target to bring your ideas to life helps you actually achieve your goals and ultimately leads to growing your creative business.
Disclaimer: I have no connection to Evernonte other than I use it and find it a valuable tool.