Category: Creativity

When executing a project or a new programme, details matter. You can’t always talk about big, fluffy ideas that don’t mean anything. Otherwise, it’s just all talk and no action.

What product should you build exactly? How would the new online program look like exactly? What materials do you need to conduct your workshop?

But although details mater, they don’t matter that much at the start.

Ideas are just that – ideas that float around in your head.

You might have verbalised that. You might have shared them with others. But the fear of the results of your ideas could prevent you from generating and executing them.

Will your ideas work?

As long as your work is not about doing the exact same tasks every day, you have probably faced a creative block before. Anything that requires you to create something new requires a certain amount of creativity.

We have to spend energy thinking about new ideas. Then we will have to find ways to turn those ideas into reality. Even after putting the first word or idea on paper, there’s a lot more work to do after that to get to a finished project.

But there will come a time when you will feel stuck. Or worse, your thoughts will overwhelm you, suggesting that you give up on the thing that you are working on.

I wish I can tell you that doing creative work is easy. But it’s not. Beginning with the end in mind doesn’t always work.

Having a strict outline or plan for the project may not work for everyone. It doesn’t for me. I prefer to organise as I work through the project.

Beginning with the end in mind might not work for a creative project. But you can follow a 7 stage creative process even if it’s inherently nonlinear.

Stephen Covey suggests that we should begin with the end in mind. That means instead of working hard for the sake of working hard, we need to develop a vision of the person we want to be at the end of our lives.

Although beginning with the end in mind could help you formulate a vision for your life to prevent you from pursuing the wrong things in life, it’s not always helpful.

Especially when trying to apply this concept to your projects.

Too much feedback can make you feel overwhelmed. Especially when there’re too many different opinions and suggestions. However, too little feedback makes you feel like you are just trying to throw the ideas on the wall and see what sticks.

Whether it’s a work project or personal project, it’s still good to get some feedback. But what do you need to consider before seeking feedback?

If you are like most people, you dream of something bigger. Something more creative that taps into your innermost being.

You might hesitate because of the social pressures around you. You might be thinking that you are not a creative person at all. That you won’t be a creative genius like Steve Jobs or Picasso. Good news is, you don’t have to be.

Now that you have more time on hand, maybe it is a great time for you to revive your creative dreams. You can make use of the time freed up by social distancing due to Covid-19.

You never know whether it will help position you for a breakthrough in your career sometime in the future.

March 24, 2020

The times are distracting

Our typical workday is already distracting as it is. It has become so fragmented with meetings, emails, calls and chit-chats with colleagues.

Add on a pandemic, and it becomes hard not to get distracted. And in these times of distractions, it certainly is much harder to focus on the work that you need to do.

How do we focus in these times of distractions?

Living in a city can be stressful. We have many obligations to attend to. Our calendars can get filled up quickly.

But our time is the most valuable resource that we have. Are we protecting and guarding it well by consciously building margin in our schedule?

Are you feeling stuck in your project? Do you want to learn how to get unstuck?

One of the simplest, yet lamest-sounding advice that I’ve received turned out to be good advice.