As a designer I always aspire to be creative. Well, that is this easier said than done… Right? This begs the question… But how do we define that something is creative? That is too big to tackle right now so I will save that for later.
I came across a recent article by Jessica Stillman on GigaOM entitled, Is work-a-holism killing your creativity? BTW, check out GigaOM if you haven’t. It is a network of writers who aspire to be a destination for connecting influential technology news and research with those like ourselves. It is worth a gander from time to time.
The article postulates that a designer’s creativity happens during their down time, but our problem is… we are always on. Or as Jessica calls it an “always-on mentality.” My morning routine usually goes like this: 1) walk the dog, 2) eat cereal, 3) shower, 4) coffee and drive to work… but what is on my brain? At times, this is the only time when my brain isn’t bogged down with the mundane cognitive load of the day. I would go as far as to say that, I do think this is an opportune to somewhat think creatively about my current projects. But what about having some down time during the day to let that creativity flow?
So much of the stuff I work on is “Just In Time” or as we call it JIT. Which means, there just isn’t any down time during the work day, so my 6am-8:30am slot is all I’ve got.
Do you have down time? If you do, does it help your creative flow?