“I want you to CREATE something.”
I would guess you just felt one of two things… either thrilled excitement OR a sinking pit in your stomach.
From quite a young age, we seem to “identify” ourselves as either creative or not – and it’s usually based on what we perceive our artistic ability to be.
We are all creative – we just tend to think about creativity with a very narrow definition.
Dr. Lynne Levesque, a business creativity consultant, is known for her work in this area. Lynne identified eight different styles of creativity to bucket talent in organizations.
A couple of these styles are:
- The Explorer: whose catalytic creativity is like that of many serial entrepreneurs and successful marketers
- The Visionary: whose futuristic creativity is represented by internet gurus, prophets, and strategists
- The Pilot: whose strategic creativity we see in skilled project managers and organizational designers
- The Diplomat: whose collaborative creativity is revealed by humanitarians, civil rights activists and caring leaders
Additional research shows that getting out of yourself and into a creative space (whether it’s painting an acrylic masterpiece or creating an entirely new organizational design) allows you to experience an expanded sense of time, become a better problem solver, and even experience stress relief.
What is that thing that you love to do? My new hobby is refinishing furniture (I’m a re-furber!)
Why do you love to do that? There’s something magical about taking something old and not so pretty, putting in a lot of hard work (and sometimes blood, sweat, and tears), and then stepping back and directly seeing what I accomplished.
In my day job, it’s hard to see what’s actually been completed each day. It’s even harder to see if it’s gotten done with excellence. Lots of meetings, lots of pep talks, lots of shuffling schedules / tasks / resources. But with refinishing furniture, I get the satisfaction of seeing the direct output of my time and energy (both good and bad!).
In the midst of a busy schedule, how do you find time to do it? I focus on taking baby steps toward the completion of my projects – planning out what needs to get done in large buckets first, then dissecting each bucket into smaller tasks. This means that I can complete a small task (think sanding the top of a table or taping a canvas off for painting) that takes less time than a whole bucket, but still leaves the same feeling of satisfaction of moving forward.
What is one tip you’d make to someone who wanted to create a little more space to do something they enjoy? Sometimes the act of starting a huge task / project / challenge is paralyzing – even when we are doing what we ENJOY to do. By breaking your goal into smaller chunks, you’ll consistently make progress – keeping your motivation high, happiness levels up, and creativity flowing!
Think about what type of creativity really excites you and find time to take a break from your normal routine and make time for it.