It’s no secret that creativity is a subject close to my heart so I enjoyed Tim Harford’s TED Talk, A Powerful Way To Unleash Your Natural Creativity (see video below).
In it he explores the art and power of slow motion multi-tasking. Cross-training your mind, over time, to help spark those eureka moments.
Scientists making breakthroughs, artists pushing boundaries by moving between different subjects and different media. Immersing themselves with a deep dive into new areas and then back again.
Tim may use big-hitters from across the centuries as examples but slow motion multi-tasking is something we can all benefit from; in our own way.
In order to harness it’s power, I think there are 4 things to remember…
- It’s not about something other-worldly. In fact, you might already be doing it!
- It’s about exploring something new over a period of time; there are no quick fixes. That’s where the power comes from
- Whatever avenues you explore, you must be interested and curious. This means you are more likely to be compelled to keep learning and coming back over time
- Don’t make the distinction between work and ‘play’. All experiences feed your creativity if you let them
Obviously everyone is different, so how you use slow motion multi-tasking and make it work for you is very personal and will vary. Here are a couple of my own recent examples…
A deep dive into e-learning: Designing and creating e-learning challenged me on many levels, personally and professionally. New media; new methods. led to a new product, new skills and fresh perspectives
Releasing my inner artist: I’m currently developing my artistic skills. The world of visual art, and the media available for that artistic expression, fascinate me. Plus it’s good for my soul and my cunning plans 🙂
As promised, here’s Tim’s TED talk, I hope you enjoy it too…