Creativity Corner: Keeping Your Head Above Water

Posted by: | February 28, 2011

A regular feature by Anna Lidstone

We hear a lot about “creative blocks” – you know, when you want to work on a creative project but you’re just, well, stuck.

We hear a lot less about suffering from “creative floods,” but in my experience this is actually a more common complaint.

Here’s what happens: You’ve managed to squeeze some creative time into your very busy day. For ten minutes or half an hour or even a luxurious two hours, the chaos of everyday life steps aside for you to take care of your creative health.

But then you can’t decide what to work on. As soon as you have a moment to think, you find yourself drowning in options.

Should you plug away at that novel you’ve always wanted to write? What about the song you had an idea for? Or maybe you’re better off finishing the scrapbook you started? And you’ve always wanted to learn the guitar…

Before you know it, your time’s up, and you haven’t committed to anything.

And not only have you not made any progress, you’re completely overwhelmed as well. So the next time the opportunity arises, you’d probably rather do anything BUT think about your creative projects.

Sound familiar?

The solution, of course, is to choose something. How you make the choice is up to you, but don’t waste the precious time that you do have worrying about how to use your precious time.

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