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Creative Limitations trigger the flow state

Creative Limitations trigger the flow state

‘Flow’ is the psychological state during which we feel and perform our best. Creativity and Productivity has been proven to increase during flow. Flow is achieved through some external triggers that are all activated when we set limitations. These triggers are:

  • Risk : Time pressure is form of risk that is created through time constraints.
  • Clear Goals : Constraints help you set clearer goals.
  • Challenge to Skill Ratio : Resource limitations pose challenges, and force you to apply their existing skills in a better way.

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  • Committing to a schedule or setting a deadline: reducing the time you can spend on topic choosing and devoting more to actual creation.
  • Following a strict process or limiting the number of tools you can use
  • Setting a word, time or some other kind of limit (Eg. This article should be less than 1000 words, or, This painting should only have 3 things in the foreground , etc.)
  • Letting go of perfectionism, embracing rough corners and experimental stuff to help you grow and learn

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A constraint is a state of being restricted, limited or confined within prescribed bounds.

Think of all the possible creative ideas as grass in a huge field, and your creativity is a horse that’s running through this field, searching for the best plot of grass. If you don’t set up a constraint, the horse will run wild, being unable to focus on a single plot, because a better plot may always be available. If you set up a fence (constraint), it will help keep your horse within a specific area, it can cover the ground quicker, finding the best plot of grass quickly, and start eating.

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Constraints For Creativity

Limitations, constraints and deadlines, paradoxically help us unlock our latent creativity. They help us try the untested, take the risk and explore stuff we normally would not.

Constraints act as rules and guidelines that work for you in a positive way, whether you understand them or not.

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The challenge

In 1960, Theo Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, was challenged to write an entertaining children's book using only 50 different words. The result was the best-selling book, Green Eggs and Ham. It sold over 200 million copies.

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Understand your limitations

Burnout occurs when job demands consistently outweigh the resources available. The first thing you need to do is to set proper limits.

When you limit your time spent on specific tasks, you give yourself permission to make choices. Instead of fighting perfectionism for example, you learn to stop when things are good enough.

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