creative list

Getting things done and the creative process

creative list

Whether it a website, logo design, book, painting or whatever creative project, the creative process is generally the same. Dealing with, and understanding some of the potential issues can help to get a creative project finished successfully.

We are all different. Everyone’s brain unique. So I will look at my issues, and hope it can help others.

Getting started

Not being able to get started. This can happen for reasons other than laziness, or bad time management. I read a great phrase that resonated with me, ‘perfectionism paralyses’. Whereby the desire to create something that must be perfect, can lead to an inability to start the project, an inability to work. It’s a very destructive train of thought. A swift Google linking it to anxiety disorders and various other psychological issues.

There is a more positive lesser version that drives most creatives. To never be entirely satisfied with what you create, therefor the current project is the most important (or the next one) which keeps the creative brain striving forward, always trying to improve. It’s when it becomes a negative energy it becomes a problem.

The wheels on the bus go…

I came up with a way to deal with this when I was younger. If my art stopped, and I couldn’t work. Through too much anxiety or my brain overloaded with pressure, I imagined my art, or creativity, as a bus. It didn’t matter how slow the bus moved, as long as the wheels were moving even very slowly. Then everything would be okay. And whenever the wheels of the bus started moving, it always sped up again, picking up momentum, and all was good with my world.

Nothing new under the sun

I have since realised there are many inspirational quotes that relate to this. Far more concise and to the point. More perfect than my bus metaphor.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu (601 BC)

“Big things have small beginnings” – T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together” – Vincent Van Gogh

” The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one”. – Mark Twain

So it’s nothing new, and it’s very common in all aspects of life. So sit down and write a list of what needs to be done. Then work out what needs to be done first, and do it.

Happy New Year for 2019.