Capturing Your Creativity Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

Capturing your creativity…

Yes, there’s definitely discipline involved in capturing your creativity.

But much of what’s involved is attentiveness, along with the tools to then make note of what you notice.

So, while finding time to snag those creative ideas when they come is a challenge, it needn’t look overwhelming to you. Here are some ideas to get you started…

Capturing your creativity 101

So often our best ideas arrive when we’re unlikely to be able to do something with them. Maybe you’re driving, or in the shower, or walking in the woods, or just waking up.

I don’t think this is accidental. More, it reflects the way the creative process functions. After you’ve worked away at a problem, using all the tools at your disposal, you step away.

And it’s when you shift your focus that your unconscious gets its chance to contribute.  This is when a solution or new idea bubbles up, seemingly without effort. The effort was there. You invested time and energy beforehand, then you let it percolate.

But, you don’t get to choose when that contribution from your unconscious bubbles up. And that’s where the ‘capturing your creativity’ challenge comes in.

Opportunity is a bird that never perches.

Claude McDonald

So, if you recognize and accept the fact that many of your most creative ideas are going to occur to you at odd times, then how can you make sure they don’t get lost?

The solution is to give yourself some portable tools for recording what comes to you.

Tools to capture your ideas…

I’m a pen and paper kind of person. So, for many years I’ve carried a small notebook with me. It accompanies me on walks and car trips. And I don’t just mean big trips. I bring it with me when I go to the grocery store, the vet’s, the dentist. It’s basically with me all the time. I keep it at my desk and by my bed at night, too.

If you’re more of a digital person, then your phone probably can serve the same purpose for you. Flexible and handy, you can record your ideas with either note-taking or audio apps, depending on the situation. And if you’re using the audio, transcription is often also available. And your phone is nearly always handy, too — on your bedside table, in your car (hands-free, of course), exercising, etc.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, capturing your creativity is always possible.

So many possibilities…

The other key, of course, is noticing these ideas when they come. That requires a kind of attentiveness that may be challenging in our ‘noisy’ world. We live in a near-constant stream of information.

So, part of capturing your creativity involves creating some quiet for yourself. This, in turn, allows you to hear what your unconscious has to say, and you can then add it to your pool of possibilities.

What tools do you use to notice and record your creative ideas when they come?  How might you expand on that for yourself?

And here’s an idea to try…

Do you ever feel like life is coming at you too fast and you’re getting lost in the shuffle? Or are you feeling at sea and rudderless? Unclear about what your priorities even are?

Well, a time tool what I want to tell you about today is my E-Guide titled “Why Can’t I find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life. This E-Guide gets right down to business as it walks you through 17 journaling prompts aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of:

  • Who you are,
  • What you value,
  • What makes you tick and
  • How you relate to your time choices.

Understanding any ONE of these things more fully is a great gift to give yourself. So I invite you follow your heart as you clarify your priorities and find your direction with “Why Can’t I find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life.

Click the link below to discover more about what’s possible for you.

Let’s explore time together …

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