I was doing some TRAFing (Toss, Refer, Act, or File) of a pile of stuff I allowed to accumulate in the one possible storage location in my little office, and I came across this set of notes I took from Ed Young, Jr. at a C3 conference back in 2005. Obviously, I’m about to throw the notes away, but I really want to refer back to the great points made; I also think that any creative individual can use these, too. I’ve taken the liberty to adjust the notes a bit from Ed’s “10.5 Commandments of Creativity” to something more palatable outside of the church, too.
It is super important for creative people to use their creativity. There is thought to be nothing more stifling to creatives than to have that freedom taken away – like possibly being exiled at work into the dark dungeon of a gray cubicle with nothing allowed but the phone, a computer with limited access, a pen, and maybe a picture of the family, for instance. Of course, we often find a way to get around the boundaries, drawing on napkins or doodling on notes in meetings, but there is nothing more refreshing than being given the license to think 0n a grand scale. Yet, I believe that many people stifle their own creativity even more than their employers or environments could do by not considering how they can maximize it. Rather, they limit themselves by creating undue stress, amassing projects in tight deadlines, and also by merely not developing themselves fully.