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Slow down

Slow down

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A bit of good advice came to me today from the Creative Generalist (via Leslie’s super premium blog) – especially needed after working non-stop: the best way to boost creativity is to slow down, because:

  1. efficiency kills creativity
  2. speed denies you any change to think
  3. systems, by definition, throttle innovation
  4. a firm, disciplined focus stops people going off on tangents (which is where most creative ideas will be found)
  5. cutting costs often cuts out innovation too

Personally, I still want to know the where do you draw the line between getting things done, and making space to be creative? Or is it more a question of what is required for the task at hand?

Seems like I’m not the only one trying to figure out how to get things done…

  1. Wesley Fryer05-09-2008

    A friend talked to me today about a presentation she heard recently by Gary Larson, the author and creator of “The Far Side” cartoon series. Gary evidently credits his childhood opportunities of having lots of unstructured play time in national environments as the pivotal experiences which allowed him to develop his creative capacity. I find this intriguing. Reminds me of the book “Last Child In The Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder” which my wife read last year.

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