How to kill two birds with one stone...
What does the brainstorming process look like to you?
As someone who enjoys streamlining my processes, I am always looking to systematize and optimize every aspect of my life.
When I have the chance to kill two birds with one stone, that always puts a smile on my face.
And when those birds come from completely different aspects of my life, well, that’s a cause for a drink, as far as I’m concerned, :)
Take my brainstorming process, for example.
I am constantly generating ideas, visualizing upcoming portrait sessions and thinking of the next step in a couple different ways.
Sometimes, when I feel a little stuck, or I need to take a break from the computer, I just pick up a duster, broom or sponge and go to town on one of the rooms in my apartment until it looks immaculate.
While I get in the zone of cleaning, my brainstorming process is fully percolating - I allow myself the space to think about whatever situation is on top of mind, and think of ways to approach it.
Now, I’m the talkative type, so, yes, I do talk to myself aloud when I am doing this - I’m not sure how many of you out there are fans of this, but, I find the vocal piece to be pretty important because it allows me to actually work through an idea without cutting myself off with another one, such as when I think to myself.
This reasoning also allows me to rule out that I’m the crazy one that likes to talk to himself, so, do me a favor and just go with this one for me, :)
With my notebook app on my phone handy, I often take a quick break to write down the notes in my phone so I don’t forget them forever, which was, once upon a time, a huge challenge for me.
By the time I’m done with the room, I usually have worked out whatever roadblock or creative question I had for myself.
Needless to say, this version of my brainstorming process has netted quite a few blogs, social posts, website edits, email copy, talking points for a podcast interview, and many other photography-related questions in my head.
For some reason, I find cleaning to be an extremely cathartic and calm activity that is ripe for creativity.
Am I the only one out there that leverages their household chores as a way to ramp up the brainstorming process?
Tell me what #hacks you leverage to get your brainstorming fired up and rolling.
PS - Now, if you are finding it challenging to brainstorm ideas for your next branded portrait session, perhaps you should put the broom down, schedule a time to chat with me and let’s see if I can be of service!
PPS - For those of you who aren’t in the know, I mail out these blogs 3x a week, and lemme tell you, they’re a real party, so, if you’d like to get in on this, sign up for it here and I’ll throw in a free gift for you...because I care, :)
PPPS - And again, don’t bust my chops about the talking to myself thing, okay? Please and thank you. :)