Move at an enjoyable pace
Maintaining an appropriate pace is a key creative skill. Pace is influenced by many factors:
- . Your own energy level may be drained or unfocused. In the middle of a crisis, both the pace and scale of work may need adjustments. See .
- Project length. Your sprinting pace is not the same as your marathon pace. A different strategy is necessary for long term projects vs. short term experiments. to maintain pace over a long term. For short term or experimental projects, .
- Phase in the creative cycle. In the cycle of any creative project ( ), different moments will require moving at different paces—sometimes fast, loose, and rough, sometimes slow, careful, and specific.
- Personal engagement. If you're not deeply interested in a project, you're more likely to alternate between . You'll hurry to get it done faster, or procrastinate to avoid doing it at all. Personal engagement varies over time, so choosing the right moment for the right task is helpful.
- Personal skill. If the project is in a new skill area, you may not know when to adjust your pace, and may also experience due to uncertainty.
A commonis —moving too fast or too slow. Another common trap is assuming that fast is better than slow— . The solution to both is to . Rather than measuring pace by efficiency, practicality, or to-do list checks, move at a pace that feels good. The pace that feels good may not be the most practical or efficient. It may not lead to "getting things done" quickly, or it may be faster than you're normally comfortable with, so paying careful attention to the quality of the time and sorting out what "clicks" is an essential skill.
"The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself."
“We want to make good time but for us now this is measured with emphasis on ‘good’ rather than ‘time’ and when you make that shift the whole approach changes.”
“Thinking about things at great leisure and length without being hurried and without feeling you’re losing time.”
"Things of quality have no fear of time."
"Hurried work is worried work."
“Wanting to be done with something isn’t a good reason to do it.”
Student: It could take a while.
: That's all right. There's no deadlines in this course.
“Write quickly but not in a hurry.” Link
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These are my draft notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery