Thursday, 7 January 2016

Diary of a creative person: day 3

Suspending judgement

When Marc is considering the creative path he will take when making his music he avoids coming to hasty conclusions and decisions. He makes time to explore differing perspectives and approaches, so giving his mind and intuition the time they need to process things and eventually uncover the most appropriate, and sometimes unexpected, options to take.     

The pressures of daily life and work force us to come to quick conclusions and make timely decisions. They make us think in shorthand and adopt tried and tested approaches that coincide with our assumptions about the problems we face and how best to deal with them.

This shorthand thinking serves us well most of the time. However, if we need to be creative we must be able to stop our assumptions in their tracks and, if necessary, change our tracks to follow a different, more innovative and effective path.

Maintain your ability to form quick conclusions and make timely decisions based upon sound assumptions but also develop the ability to 'suspend your beliefs'. Before coming to conclusions and making decisions look out the window from different perspectives. Think about a problem in different ways (perhaps use De Bono's Six Thinking Hats). Make time for the creative pause and think first and act a little later.                    


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