I have run out of things to do… so I guess there’s nothing else to do but begin.
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To encourage this creative process, Dr. Schooler says, it may help if you go jogging, take a walk, do some knitting or just sit around doodling, because relatively undemanding tasks seem to free your mind to wander productively. But you also want to be able to catch yourself at the Eureka moment.
“For creativity you need your mind to wander,” Dr. Schooler says, “but you also need to be able to notice that you’re mind wandering and catch the idea when you have it. If Archimedes had come up with a solution in the bathtub but didn’t notice he’d had the idea, what good would it have done him?”
Nice article about how the process works and how it is studied. I particularly liked this part – if you don’t snap to when the idea comes about, what’s the point?
I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure-which is: Try to please everybody. — Herbert Bayard Swope
4. Concentration on the task at hand; irrelevant stimuli disappear from consciousness, worries and concerns are temporarily suspended.
5. A sense of potential control.
6. Loss of self-consciousness, transcendence of ego boundaries, a sense of growth and of being part of some greater entity.
7. Altered sense of time, which usually seems to pass faster.
8. Experience becomes autotelic: If several of the previous conditions are present, what one does becomes autotelic, or worth doing for its own sake.
The Evolving Self – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, 178-179
I’m curious about #5 since I think when you feel part of what you’re doing control isn’t really such an issue or elusive target but I thought #8 especially was spot on.
As part of setting up the link overhead to “My Quilts” I was checking links and just clicking through stuff. Pondering future re-orgs and such like things. And then I hit this picture:
And realized that I’ve been making these silly pieced blocks for a long long time. LOL.