Create and set it free: A workflow

This is a beautiful meditation, and an excellent piece of self revelation and sharing of work process. I am sure many of us will be able to identify ourselves with our fear of perfection and procrastination that Jon Westenberg, you, write about. I know I do.

While I write this, must say that this is the second of the two good articles I read this week on the process of creativity: the first was by Tom Farr where he talked about creating an outline, set timers to write maximum words over a set period of time, and write using the Hemingway method (“write drunk and edit sber”), that is, do not hit th the delete or backspace button key till done in one go and then edit. This was again, note, in three steps/stages. that was the productivity bit. This time, Jon suggests editing and putting it out, (first rough draft), then add research, and then fine tne tune it. Put the six advices back to back, you have a complete creativity process flowing through:

Outline > time yourself > create > first edit and craft, chisel > fine tune further > set it free!

This is similar to the cyclical process of rapid prototyping we often get to see in design thinking literature. Now add to it what happens after you set it free. I suppose this can be modded to a universal work flow that can be adapted to anything, any form of creativity. The point is to decide when you relinquish your controls and set it free.

And never worry again.

Thank you Jon and Tom for enlightening!

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