Over the years I’ve met many creative people who are ‘stuck’, unable to get their creativity to flow. Just like the contestants on the Great British Sewing Bee, each and every one of them has been putting their creativity under pressure. Often this pressure is caused by not allowing their creativity enough time.
On Great British Sewing Bee it’s easy to see how time pressure can impact on precision; excellent sewers end up making elementary mistakes such as sewing the wrong pieces together. A less obvious casualty is creativity. Even in the final task of the episode, where Sewing Bee contestants prepare in advance, there still isn’t time during construction to step back and think, to tweak, to remodel, as real designers would .
There was some wonderful creativity demonstrated last night on the Great British Sewing Bee. However Sewing Bee left me wondering what would have happened if the contestants had a couple of hours to walk the dog while they thought about the adaptation challenge, or a few days to make the final piece of the episode’s three challenges.
Maybe some people’s creativity can thrive under pressure, but in my experience, if we step back and relax our creativity flows more effectively.
Are you giving your creativity enough time?