Practicing Creativity

Move at an enjoyable pace

Maintaining an appropriate pace is a key creative skill. Pace is influenced by many factors:

A common Resistance trap is Hurrying and delaying—moving too fast or too slow. Another common trap is assuming that fast is better than slow—The cult of productivity. The solution to both is to Set pace by paying attention to enjoyable usefulness. 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." Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

“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.” Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

“Thinking about things at great leisure and length without being hurried and without feeling you’re losing time.” Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

"Things of quality have no fear of time."

"Hurried work is worried work." Keith McGillivray

“Wanting to be done with something isn’t a good reason to do it.” John Gordon

Student: It could take a while.
John Gordon: That's all right. There's no deadlines in this course.

“Write quickly but not in a hurry.” Buster Benson Link

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These are my draft notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery