The upside to this newly found addiction is that I have accelerated my productivity.
What used to take hours now takes maybe 30 minutes. I adore apps. But I see the need to take "digital sabbaths" as described by Brad Feld. Managing my addiction and capturing creative ideas has become a necessity. I usually come up with my best ideas when I am not on the internet. The ideas come naturally when I am asleep, or driving aimlessly or walking aimlessly. They seem to emerge without me trying at all now. I feel like my brain never rests and I don't sleep very much or very deeply. I am not worried because I can sleep later. I'm in the middle of creating a company and it's essential that I capture as many thoughts as possible while they're streaming out organically. But if you're like me, you have dreams to accomplish and want to become more productive as far as managing your creative outflow.
If you want to capture your creative ideas, do the following:
1. Turn off the tv, internet, smartphone, computer.
2. Give yourself time to decompress the images from the media, the mental noise.
3. Go somewhere alone, even the bathroom so you can hear yourself think.
4. Right before sleep, start noticing what your mind is doing.
5. Record your ideas, examine them without judgement.
6. When you do this exercise frequently, your ideas will come more easily.
At this point, you can start writing them down. Do this without judgement about
how stupid or pointless or whatever they may be.
7. Write down the images that your mind sees.
8. Do you notice any themes? What themes emerge?
9. Ask questions that can be followed up by research, or better yet, an i-search.
10. An i-search is a follow up action that seeks an answer via an experience.
I did an i-search today, as I usually do every day. I-searches have become a daily
practice for my understanding of the world of ideas and people.
Here is something you can do right now: get in your car and drive aimlessly without any purpose. Where does your mind want to go? Go to that place.