In some situations, we need to be creative quickly and effectively (we’ve all been in situations where there’s a deadline looming in just a few hours). For example, perhaps a client wants last-minute changes, or a pitch is coming close and you want to make a great impression, but your presentation is still missing something.
There’s a wonderful technique which makes it possible to boost your creative thinking in a short amount of time. Some of you probably recognize the Pomodoro Technique as a method for increasing your productivity. However, its philosophy of providing a flow and focus can also be perfect for your last-minute creative needs.
The concept behind the Pomodoro Technique lies in spending short intervals of time paying dedicated attention to something you’re doing. So, as you prepare for a Pomodoro session, turn off your phone, disable any form of notifications and stay focused. No social networks or news websites, or any other websites which aren’t relevant to what you’re doing. I mean it.
You’ll spend two hours working towards your outcome. During this time, you’ll relax, work and think. Find a quiet place (I suggest not using your standard working space), take your work equipment with you (don’t forget pen and paper) and have a timer ready. Your phone will do, as long as you can’t be disturbed. No calls, no push notifications.
As you analyze this method you notice that we’re only being really productive for about 50 minutes. The outcome might be amazing if you compare that to results of lengthy meetings and uninspiring trial and error. The idea is, once again; flow and focus. First of all, by truly achieving full focus and restricting yourself in time you force yourself to reach a new height of productivity and creativity.
Besides, having physical triggers such as a timer, a different location, taking a break or entering a new interval is a direct way of preparing yourself mentally for the upcoming task. Instead of focusing on the deadline, you change your focus to your given task.
What are your tips if you need creativity and you need it fast?