Where do your creative ideas come from? I don't mean where in the world or where in your psyche, but specifically, where do you tend to be when insight strikes? What time of day is it? Are you at home, in the car, out in the garden?
I've been reading Jonah Lehrer's book Imagine: How Creativity Works and I'm only a few chapters in, but there's already so much I love about it. He writes that creativity is hard-wired in the human brain, that we're all creative. Which I love. You and I, we all have the innate capacity for amazing feats of insight and creativity.
He also writes about the conditions that stimulate creative thinking and there's one section early on, about 30 pages in, in which he writes about the importance of relaxation to creative insight. He gives a few examples of times when people tend to have creative insights: in the shower, first thing in the morning (before the bustle of the day begins) and when we're happy. He relates all of this back to relaxation. Those are the times or activities during which we tend to feel relaxed.
As I was reading, I was thinking, wouldn't it be great to have a sheet of paper handy during those times or in those places to record some of the awesome insights that float to the surface? You know, like writers or inventors who keep a pad by their bedside or in their pockets when they're out and about.
If you know me at all, you know what comes next. I started thinking about a new printable. In my mind's eye, I envisioned a sheet of paper with tear offs to write down ideas and an envelope in which to keep them. Because it's important to write this stuff down before we forget, but also because sometimes we can't make use of our awesome insights right away. We need somewhere to store them until we can put them into action.
Why not an Idea Repository?
If you'd like to have your own Idea Repository, you'll find it here (colour-free) and here (colourful).
Tell me, friends, where (or when) do you think your most creative thoughts?