Break it down

In 1976 J.P. Guilford identified two types of thinking that lead to creativity and problem solving: divergent thinking and convergent thinking. Divergent thinking is exploring all the possibilities you can think of that might remotely relate to your project. In other words, brainstorming on steroids. Convergent thinking is sorting through them, choosing the best fits and putting them together for a plan of action.

This week I have a number of creative projects for our local theater – a brochure, program, videos, sounds cues and a luncheon presentation. While I love to do these kinds of things, I was a bit overwhelmed until I listed each project on a sheet of paper (actually a spreadsheet), then listed all the activities that would need done to complete each of those projects. Finally, I put “Do Dates” behind each one and sorted from earliest to latest. This was tremendously freeing for me because it was no longer circling around my head as a vague list of things that had to be done sometime. It became manageable and let me get to the first task knowing I had a plan of attack.

The next time you have multiple projects to do, try using this method and see how it works for you:

1.       List each project to complete

2.       List all the activities for each project

3.       Add “Do Dates” for each activity

Then begin!


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