Creating is part of human nature.
Whether it’s simple tools or works of art, man has always felt the need to transform the world around him, using materials and creating tools that allow you to manipulate them. But creating is much more than the physical act of transforming materials. Even dancing, cooking, cross stitching, and many other activities can be considered creative processes.
When we feel the urge to create something, we are giving the world a part of ourselves, we are taking our ideas, our feelings, our experiences, and we are channeling them into something.
We are giving the world something that did not exist before, and this makes us creators.
Each of us has something to give to the world, but it is not always a simple process. On the one hand, creativity allows us to give free rein to a part of us, it makes us strong. On the other hand, however, it lays us bare, makes us expose our vulnerability and our insecurities.
Creating is a way to share our stories with those around us, and it is what makes us unique. It has allowed us to gather in community, to evolve as a species, and to form the knowledge we have of the world around us. Simply put, it is the key to our survival.
Overcome inertia and start the creative process
For many people, the most difficult part of tackling a creative project is the beginning. Unfortunately, however, there is no universal solution: it depends on what we want to create. The materials, spaces, tools to be used vary according to what we decide to create.
A carpenter will need a workshop, wood to transform, tools to use, drawings to follow. A writer, on the other hand, can start anywhere, with a simple sheet of paper and a pen. Each art has its own rules, which determine what the starting point is.
In most cases, however, the real question that blocks us is another: how to start when we have no idea what to create. In this case, it is not a practical matter, but a mental one. Just as a force that acts on an object is needed to make it move, we also need a push to take the first steps, to overcome indecision and inactivity, and to start our creative process.
The key to the creative process is the identification of our passions, the things that obsess us, which we cannot do without. They are an integral part of our person, and tell others who we are. Perhaps for this reason, many tend to put them aside, to concentrate their efforts on something else.
How to use the lists in our favor
For many of us, the idea of starting a new project by creating a to-do list may seem like a waste of time, almost a nuisance. As soon as we decide to embark on a new adventure, we are often dragged by the desire to start, to get our hands dirty, and sitting down with pen and paper to plan our steps is the last thing we would like to do.
A list of things to do, accompanied by check boxes, seems to be light years away from the creative impulse that we would like to follow, we almost feel it as a weight, something that slows us down.
Still, a list can be a fundamental tool to accompany us on the path of creativity, it all depends on how we decide to use them. If we learn to use a list as a creative tool, it will allow us to have a clear and detailed picture of what we will have to do, and this can allow us to devote all our attention to what we are doing at work.
Another aspect that we must consider is that a list can help us keep track of our progress, enhancing the impact of what we have done, even when this is not immediately apparent to us.
But the lists are not only used to outline the phases of a project. They can also come in handy during the different phases of our work. We can create lists of tools to use, materials to organize, people to contact. When, inevitably, we run into an unexpected problem, a list can help us find the best of the solutions that come to mind.
Everyone will inevitably develop their own way of using lists, the important thing is that they become a tool that helps us to get closer, one step at a time, to our final result.
It is important to know how to set aside a project
Creative work differs from other types of projects in that it requires particular conditions in order to be carried out. Dedicating to different projects simultaneously, as often happens, means having to decide where to concentrate our forces at that particular moment.
This means that, almost certainly, we will find ourselves in the situation of having to decide to set aside, for some time, what we are working on, to resume it later.
This period could last a few days, or several months. Whatever the duration, it is important that, when the time has come to take the project in hand, we are able to have a clear picture, knowing exactly where we had arrived before the interruption.
Deadlines can help us stay focused
We do not always manage our time well, especially if we dedicate ourselves to unique projects, which do not have an already established and tested structure. When we have to dedicate ourselves to a project, we often make a mistake in estimating the time available: we believe we have plenty of it, or we convince ourselves that we don’t have enough.