If you are a creative thinker, you understand why you always carry a pen and sketchbook with you at all times. While I might have two or three eureka type moments a year, I can usually take that moment from going back 2,5,10 years with an ideal path for a solution that just didn't’ present itself, or I did not see it. Today, for the first time in ages, I simply walked out the door to go to the gym and stopped at a coffee shop to have a moment with myself…in that short moment, ideas and solutions flew out, and I lamented not having my sketchbook.
I think I identified a part of my problem these past few months in that I have not been following a schedule or a cycle to optimize my time and creativity. I have been living more like the normal world where it feels bizarre filling a day with activities and being busy, and knowing that there is a better way to work and operate. I know better, yet, I have slipped a bit with the discipline that allows for a stream of ideas and thoughts to steadily percolate in mind. One of the most straightforward keys is having the sketch/notebook handy. While I have tried to bring various digital tools to replicate, and ideally grow beyond the limits of the pad and paper – I have found the simple way still works the best.
This morning I had some ideas that thankfully, I just remembered to write them and sketch the designs down. Most of it had to do with controlled environments for humans. Why I didn’t see the more straightforward path, is beyond me – yet – now the ideas can be distilled down into something that really has value in helping people, as well as having form and function.
The lesson? Always carry your sketchbook with you. There will be some on the planet that will not understand why or think you are somehow not paying attention to them. The reality is you probably are paying more attention to your surroundings and the people in them that if you did not have a tool to focus the results of going deeper and asking, “why?” to many things.
I need to remember to always have the book handy, unlike this morning where I sat and a plethora of ideas flowed. I know better than to forget to capture them. What makes me upset with myself is I know better, and while I did scribble a lot of details down before I forgot them, I know there were the subtle nuances of ideas that might be lost until they decide to appear again.
Have a nice day. Create, build, and love. Don’ t forget your sketchbook and pen!