Water Displacement and Distractions

Distractions and creativity

Water displacement and distractions: An analogy for creativity

Imagine a glass that is full to the brim with water. The water represents “creativity.” Beside the water you have an assortment of pebbles. Each of those pebbles represents a distraction in your life. As you start adding the pebbles one by one, the water displaces and spills out of the glass. Distractions take the space of creativity and the creativity spills over and disappears.  There isn’t room for both.

However, there is a difference between a distraction and doing something purposeful. Mindless channel surfing or swiping your phone screens with no intent is a distraction. Doing something to “kill time” in usually a distraction. When you’re distracted, you are giving up a possible creative opportunity. This example of water displacement is a simple way of giving creativity tangible characteristics.

water displacement and distractions

Technology blah blah blah

Firstly, lets talk about technology. We all blame innovation and sure, we look at our screens a lot. That is simply, the world we live in. I don’t see this a problem for the most part. The problem, is in fact,  when we mindlessly swipe through Facebook because we are bored. Every swipe is another pebble in the glass. Another missed opportunity to be creative. Distractions are important when we don’t overuse them.

Are people really entitled or just impatient?

Instant gratification has become the new global currency. I’ll admit I’m just as guilty as everyone else. I enjoy likes and retweets. I like that I can buy anything I want from the palm of my hand and have it delivered to my doorstep. But is it that entitlement? Or is it evolution? We create our own destiny and evolution. This entitlement is simply, the effect. Is it an oversight? More than likely it is.

We are creatures of habit and we are getting into dangerous territory. We are becoming more and more artificially connected and less emotionally connected to the people around us. We aren’t entitled at all, we are just impatient.

water displacement and distractions

There needs to be balance

We are becoming smarter but sacrificing social engagement in the process and in my opinion. In fact, we are creating a world of introverts and de-socializing from the world. Filling up our schedule with no room to experience “nothing” and just be. No time to ponder or create. No time to imagine. If we do find time, we are watching our favorite Netflix series. On our 15 minute coffee break we check in on Facebook or Twitter for gratitude. We need to start looking around and become more purposeful in our engagements.

Conclusion

In closing, first of all, thank you for reading my post about water displacement and distractions. I also recommend reading about Imagination and creative thinking. I’m not at all suggesting that there isn’t a place for distraction. I’m suggesting making those distractions more meaningful when you can. Take moments to be intentional in everything we do. Please weigh in below in the comments section. Let’s start a discussion.

Anders

 

Increased Creativity With Blogging

increased creativity with blogging

Increased Creativity With Blogging

by Anders Vanderkool

After my first few blogs,  I was finding it difficult to land on a topic. When I eventually did decide on a topic, creativity ceased to exist. I would normally force the creativity when it came to the creative arts. But with writing, it’s difficult to pull words and ideas out of the ethos. I was feeling stumped more often than not, so I started looking to everything around me for inspiration.  This is how I increased creativity with blogging.

Something shifted and time began to slow down.

Increased Creativity With BloggingIf you really think about it, time is moving a lot faster for most of us as we age. You often wonder what happened to the last few years of your life. And, the answer is being an adult. Life isn’t like it was in school or your twenties. Back then, life was filled with activities and ideas. But now it’s just routine. The problem is that, the less you do, the faster the time passes.  Your mind creates memories and that in turn, creates a timeline. That’s why those routine days go by so quickly when you look back on them. There are no memories that stand out-they just blend together and fade away.

In routine, we don’t stop to look.

We don’t see or experience the little things in life. We don’t notice the bees in the garden or that co-worker with an ironic coffee mug.  I started to look at the world in a different way- a more intentional way.  After all,  most of our time as adults is living autonomously and accepting the world for what it is . I began to notice the fine details of everything around me. Maybe I did notice them at one point in time- but that was when I was a child. It was when you were a child- when everything was new and interesting. We looked at things and asked questions. Questions like: “Why is it so convenient that these car keys fit in an electrical socket?” I have written about some book recommendations that can help with creativity here.

  • Increased Creativity With BloggingWe don’t do try new things.
  • We don’t inspire ourselves to be better.
  • We don’t strive to inspire others.

….This is what blogging has done for me.

Being intentional and living in the moment tends to slow things down. This allows you to focus on things that you never noticed before.  Remember, life is full of inspiration and opportunities. And everywhere you look is an opportunity to learn. Blogging has made me more curious. I spend more time thinking and reading about interesting and innovative ideas than watching mindless TV shows.

 

“Blogging has given me a platform to inspire others and to be my better self. A place where I can share content and have a voice”

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, writing a blog, has taught me to look at the world through a different lens. Thus, creating time to focus my creative ideas. This is how I increased creativity with blogging.  Do you do something creative? How has it changed your outlook? If you have enjoyed this article, please share and don’t forget to subscribe.

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