How to Better Channel Your Creativity
Creativity Resources by Productive Flourishing
There are a lot of myths and unhelpful stories about creativity, what it means to be a creative person, and how creative people should show up in the world. These articles provide more positive and constructive perspectives.
Stand Tall, Creative Giants
Do you have the vision to see how the world might be, the courage to act, and the capability to actually change the world? Then you’re a Creative Giant.
The 4 Steps of the Creative Process
Mystified by the creative process? Once you understand its four distinct phases, you can debug your process.
The Engagement Threshold: The Key to Consistent Creativity and Productivity
The key to consistent creativity and productivity lies in identifying your engagement threshold.
A User’s Guide to Creative Tension
Learn how to use creative tension to increase your creativity and productivity.
How Creative Accretion Leads to Epiphanies
Creative accretion is one of the ways our minds work through the incubation stage of the creative process.
When you think about it, it makes sense that creative people battle with perfectionism, resistance, and fear on a daily basis. After all, we’re taking something deep inside of us, doing the hard work of pulling it out, and asking the world if they like it. So, yeah, it’s not just you. The posts below will help you get past those internal barriers.
Shake It, Don’t Break It: The World Outside Your Comfort Zone
When it’s time to change our world, we need to shake things up by stepping out of our comfort zones, especially when we have other people on the journey with us.
Perfectionism Keeps You from Being Safe
The fear that we’re not good enough leads to perfectionist habits that keep us from being safe. Our real safety is found in being prolific.
How Is Your Perfectionism Feeding You?
The stories we tell about our perfectionism tend to feed us, and it’s hard to drop a story that’s feeding us. Let’s talk about that story.
Are You the Root of Your Own Resistance?
When we think about Resistance as an external force, it obscures the fact that we are often the very root of it.
Stop Lying and Start Creating
We creatives are good at crafting believable fictions that put layers of obstacles between us and the creative work we do. Stop lying to yourself and start creating; just start somewhere.
A Leader’s Job is To Ensure That Their Team Gets Results
Leaders should be invested in and held accountable for their teams’ results, though this is not what we often see in the world of Big Business. We can and should demand more of our leaders.
Ideas really don’t amount to very much: there are a lot of good ideas and a lot of people who have them. There are far fewer people who actually go from idea to done. Be one of them — it’s so worth it.
Do You Have an Idea Garden?
Do you have an idea garden — a place to store and tend the ideas that come up every day? If not, it’s time to start tilling the soil.
5 Ways to Get Through the Creative Red Zone
The creative red zone is that last little bit that needs to be finished before you complete a project. Read this if your creative projects are stuck.
How to Be Creative and Productive in Every Stage of a Project
Projects have life cycles, and knowing how to be creative and productive in every stage of the life cycle helps you keep the ball rolling.
Your Creativity Zoom Lens
Sometimes you get too close to your work and you need to change your perspective to make any headway. Here’s how to refocus your creativity zoom lens.
Why Adults Need to Play (Especially If You’re an Entrepreneur)
Adults need to play, too! It’s especially important if we’re entrepreneurs, because play enables us to imagine, innovate, and create.
Use the Two-Hour Rule to Make Progress on Your Creative Projects
Two hours is the sweet spot for productivity. When you use the two-hour rule to chunk your projects down into doable parts, progress flows more smoothly.
It’s easy to get so close to our work that we forget why it matters – to us, to anyone, at all. It’s also easy to get so wrapped up in thinking about where things might go and what might happen that we don’t actually do the work. Check out the articles below if you need my signature swift-kick/hug to keep going. (We need you.)
Your Art Is for You
Many people get stuck on their ideas at right about at the point where they think about selling or sharing them. What you have to remember is that your art is for you.
How to Use a Creative Ritual to Generate Momentum
Struggling to get started on a creative project? Try creating a ritual to generate momentum and get you into your creative rhythm.
What You Don’t Mean to Build May Be the Best Thing You Can Build
A lot of Creative Giants fear building something they didn’t mean to — but sometimes the things we didn’t mean to build are the best things we could’ve built.
It Hasn’t Been Done by You, for Us
Originality is a good goal, but no one is asking you to be original. The work you’re doing hasn’t been done by you, for us.
How Wolves Change the World – And So Can You
This post features a video about how wolves change the world. If they can change the world, so can you.
Success Often Comes When You’re Not Searching for It
Stop searching for success and focus on the actions that will get you there instead.
To Embrace Greatness, Embrace Failure: 21 Tributes to Failure
Failure and mistakes are part of success. Sure, I could tell you that all day, but instead I’ve enlisted the help of a few thousand years’ worth of creatives.
Free Planners by Productive Flourishing
Channeling your creativity is a lot easier when you have productivity tools in your arsenal. Our Free Planners page features the Daily Habit Tracker, plus other resources to help you stay organized.
The Productive Flourishing Podcast
For inspiration on-the-go, check out our podcast!
I’ll conclude this post with a bit of inspiration from Dorothy Parker:
“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” (Tweet this.)
Stand tall and go create.