There is a great post on creativity by Leo at Zen Habits. In it he points out how creativity is all about mixing up ideas. He then goes on to give five ideas that he has found helpful in his creative journey.
One of the ideas is to keep an idea file. This is a great idea and one that I have found extremely useful. Alongside this is the ability to capture the ideas you have, in order to get them to an idea file. This could be on the computer, a notebook, or even voice memo on the phone.
The other point he makes with regard to the idea file, and this is vitally important, is that you need to review your ideas. Reviewing ideas, and in fact, my to do and project lists, is something I find really difficult. Yet, time and time again, I realise that this is why I struggle. I try to review all my lists each week, but still I miss things.
If you want to live a creative life, you have to have one or two practical elements within it. You may like the bohemian crazy unregulated lifestyle, but a good review habit will help no end.
Go and check out Leo’s great post
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