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#Prodchat - Engaging Your #Creativity - 1/16/2013

This week we discussed #creativity in relationship to #productivity. A great chat indeed! Enjoy!NEXT WEEK: We will be having @longlivefit as our guest/expert to answer our questions about #fitness and productivity so tune in at 8pm EST on Wednesday!

Storified by Ray Sidney-Smith· Fri, Jan 18 2013 06:24:32

Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly #productivity chat! Tonight we are discussing “Engaging Your #Creativity.”Ray Sidney-Smith
Introduce yourself to the #productivity community. Who are you? What do you do? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Hello #Prodchat peopleAugusto Pinaud
I am Augusto Pinaud. A Best Seller Author in Productivity. Live in Fort Wayne, In. Also a GTDer #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
good evening all - Martin checking in #prodchatGTDbloke
Q1: WHY IS #CREATIVITY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR #PRODUCTIVITY? OR, NOT? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Hi all! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
improvement especially if previously not succesful enough? #prodchatGTDbloke
NOT - if it's a repetitive process although creativity always has a positive influence #prodchatGTDbloke
A1: creativity is! It is through creativity that you can discover what to remove of your system in order to be more productive #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
creativity is important in itself as the"excitement" generates enthusiasm #prodchatGTDbloke
hi #prodchat! I'm Natalie Houston - I'm an academic and a personal productivity coachNatalie M. Houston
@GTDbloke how do you work to improve repetitive tasks and process if it's not being creative on how to improve them? #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
Q2: HOW DO YOU USE #CREATIVE PROCESSES TO ENGAGE YOUR #PRODUCTIVITY? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@apinaud I know I was on thin ice there but in some fields the creativity has to be outside "production" (medical?) #prodchatGTDbloke
@GTDbloke don't mean to be difficult, but a lot of creativity went into the first heart transplant. #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
A1. I think for me it's productivity that supports creativity. Having all my ducks in a row makes room for big thinking #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A1: I think creativity and productivity work hand in hand. Some structure creates space for creativity. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@apinaud I did say thin ice plus it did take a Dr Barnard but I ain't arguing #prodchatGTDbloke
A2. Creative process are meant to be fun. Grab the bottle neck on your systems and workflow and find a way to improve them. #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
Sorry, didn't properly introduce myself. Hi, Michelle here. I'm a GTD and general organization geek. :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@rsidneysmith how do you define creative processes? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
a2.1 the way to do it is being creative. Otherwise you end up with the same old workflow #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
if productivity goes hand in hand with continuous improvement surely that's creativity? #prodchatGTDbloke
@rsidneysmith I make it fun. #prodchat #productivityAlpha Efficiency
@nmhouston @rsidneysmith good Q #prodchatGTDbloke
A2 I use creativity to think big and outside the box before whittling down to something actionable. It's freeing and expanding. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A2: Mindmapping techniques are a great intersection of #creative process and #productivity. Engages both sides of the brain. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
RT @apinaud: a2.1 the way to do it is being creative. Otherwise you end up with the same old workflow #ProdchatAaron Aim
@nmhouston I love mindmapping too. Sometimes using an app, sometimes post-its on a wall... ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@apinaud I don't know why I'm debating this - just the best response I could think of for when not to. Done/fini :) #prodchatGTDbloke
I know this will sound less creative, but I love Gantt charting for project planning. It allows me to see the fluidity of a plan #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn me too bur pedantically it's scheduling. Yes a good portrait plus a working tool for schedule creation and communication #prodchatGTDbloke
Q3: DOES YOUR JOB REQUIRE YOU TO BE CREATIVE? HOW SO? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@michgunn I like Gantt charts too. Have you tried @teamgantt ? I love their online tool. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@rsidneysmith yes or I likely wouldn't get the work! #prodchatGTDbloke
@GTDbloke True. But somehow, I feel like it lets me get creative with an otherwise static plan. It's creative and freeing somehow #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@nmhouston @michgunn @teamgantt nope - will take a peek #prodchatGTDbloke
@nmhouston Oh.. I'll have to check @teamgantt out. Thanks for noting it. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A3. I am a writer... I guess the answer to that one is yes. #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@michgunn agree all the way - guess it's the visual portrait vs things like network charts - ugh #prodchatGTDbloke
A3 Yes. All my jobs have required me to be creative, but not necessarily in the "art" sense. I'm always creative problem solving. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
:) RT @GTDbloke: @michgunn agree all the way - guess its the visual portrait vs things like network charts - ugh #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@nmhouston @michgunn @teamgantt does it allow dependencies? (I know strictly speaking not part of a Gantt) #prodchatGTDbloke
I think creativity gets expressed in many different ways: problem solving, humor, caregiving, etc, not just the arts #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
A3 I think I always take a creative approach to things. I try to see many sides and all the possibilities... #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn I understand creative as much more than art, problem solving without a doubt is there #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
+1 RT @nmhouston: I think creativity gets expressed in different ways: problem solving, humor, caregiving, etc, not just the arts #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@nmhouston @michgunn @teamgantt "easier than MS Project" on their website - what isn't? But MSP does tons more than just Gantts #prodchatGTDbloke
@gtdbloke yes, if you mean parts of a project depending on others #prodchat @michgunn @teamganttNatalie M. Houston
@GTDbloke http://TeamGantt.com Looks like it does allow dependencies... Looks cool! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@nmhouston I think Nat is on to something-are there degress of creativity? Not everything is a huge leap but still can be creative #prodchatGTDbloke
+1 @nmhouston: I think creativity gets expressed in different ways: problem solving, humor, caregiving, etc, not just the arts #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn okay doke #prodchatGTDbloke
Too many people think "oh I'm not creative" -- cutting themselves off from essential part of being human #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
:) “@apinaud: I understand creative as much more than art, problem solving without a doubt is there #Prodchat”Michelle Gunn
Q4: WHAT ARE THE GREATEST BARRIERS TO CREATIVE PRODUCTIVITY AT HOME? WORK? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
In other words: why not just assume that you ARE creative -- and look for how it gets expressed in each day? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
+1K RT @nmhouston: In other words: why not just assume that you ARE creative -- and look for how it gets expressed in each day? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A4 Well, I experienced one this week. I inexplicably lost internet for an entire day. Not awesome when your world is in a cloud. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn @nmhouston ace point #prodchatGTDbloke
A4 And I remember my office having a complete meltdown when our servers went offline... major technical fail... #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A4: the greatest barrier to creative productivity in any context is FEAR. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
RT @nmhouston: A4: the greatest barrier to creative productivity in any context is FEAR. #prodchatLee Skallerup
@nmhouston and related a lack of +ve support #prodchatGTDbloke
A4. Wish to say something different, but the answer is: Myself #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
Yes! (although I hate to admit it) RT @nmhouston: A4: the greatest barrier to creative productivity in any context is FEAR. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
RT @nmhouston: A4: the greatest barrier to creative productivity in any context is FEAR. #prodchatAbdullah AlAsmary
Love this. may need to change my answer RT @nmhouston: A4: the greatest barrier to creative productivity in any context is FEAR. #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
another barrier - an unsupportive and crticizing culture #prodchatGTDbloke
barrier - intertia #prodchatGTDbloke
@apinaud Isn't fear behind all the ways that we get in our own way? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
FEAR of oneself (lack of confidence); FEAR of others. Different issues #prodchatGTDbloke
Yeah. RT @GTDbloke: another barrier - an unsupportive and crticizing culture #prodchatMichelle Gunn
this could seriously take a whole paper #prodchatGTDbloke
I had to look that up. ;) RT @GTDbloke: @nmhouston and related a lack of +ve support #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Yes, and I'm getting depressed. ;) RT @GTDbloke: this could seriously take a whole paper #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Q5: WHAT #PRODUCTIVITY TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE THAT INCREASE YOUR CREATIVITY? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@nmhouston it is, but it is a much more precise answer #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@michgunn @nmhouston sorry "+ve"? #prodchatGTDbloke
@michgunn you're just scared :) #prodchatGTDbloke
Absolutely! ;) “@GTDbloke: @michgunn you're just scared :) " #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A5 When I find I'm stuck on something, I whip out a pen/pencil and paper. Journal, draw, outline, jot random thoughts... #prodchatMichelle Gunn
I can't believe I missed most of #prodchat again. Sigh.Mike Vardy
A5: I find journaling is a #productivity technique that increases creativity -- generates new ideas, problem solving, etc. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
positive energy, right? @GTDbloke @michgunn @nmhouston sorry "+ve"? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Hey Mike. Yeah, that happens to me, too. RT @mikevardy: I cant believe I missed most of #prodchat again. Sigh. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A5. MindMaping using images, for text I use outlines.. #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
one technique - a sufficient base understanding first - often neglected IMHO #prodchatGTDbloke
@michgunn me too! #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@michgunn @nmhouston yup - just positive in my tweet #prodchatGTDbloke
Yeah, it really helps get the creative juices flowing... thoughts without requirement... RT @nmhouston: @michgunn me too! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@apinaud yup #prodchatGTDbloke
@mikevardy you are going to need to ask @michgunn her technique. She used to, know it is always here. #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
welcome @mikevardy -- there's still 15 minutes -- and this group keeps the #productivity chat going strong . . . #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@nmhouston I also Journal a lot #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
RT @nmhouston: In other words: why not just assume that you ARE creative -- and look for how it gets expressed in each day? #prodchatDr. Vanessa K.Valdes
Alarm clock! :D “@apinaud: @mikevardy you are going to need to ask @michgunn her technique. She used to, know it is always here." #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Q6: ARE THERE #CREATIVITY WEBSITES OR MOBILE APPS YOU SUGGEST? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
I want to learn to use mood boards. I know @TaraRodden uses those a lot. I need to learn how to do that digitally. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn by mood board, do you mean something like a vision board? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
I think they're also call vision boards... yeah, that's it. I'd really love to give that a whirl. Hmmm... adding to #OmniFocus #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Yeah! Exactly! RT @nmhouston: @michgunn by mood board, do you mean something like a vision board? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn do you have/use Mindjet? Perfect platform #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
Oh! Love it! Thanks! “@GTDbloke: @nmhouston @michgunn https://wiki.sfu.ca/public/images/d/da/IAT336_4moodboard.pdf" #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A6 For Jurnaling DayOne on iOS, Minjet Minmanager for images and plain text for outlines #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
RT @nmhouston: @michgunn by mood board, do you mean something like a vision board? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
I do, but how do you drop images in other than 1 per note? RT @apinaud: @michgunn do you have/use Mindjet? Perfect platform #prodchatMichelle Gunn
We're almost out of time! Any final thoughts about #creativity and #productivity? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@michgunn if you google on @TaraRodden site there is one old vision board that I create. Otherwise DM me and I can show you one #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
Thanks @apinaud! Will do. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn for digital vision boards, can use Pinterest, Dreamtimeline, Digitaldreamboard. Mobile, try dream vision board app. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
I think my summary thought is to not fear. Just let go and let the ideas flow. There's no harm in thinking big thoughts. Then do! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn http://blog.mindjet.com/2009/06/vision-board-mind-map/Check that. Is that what you mean #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@nmhouston Thanks! I'll check those out! I've been using Pinterest, but not so much... Can't wait to see the others! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn love this take-away! #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
I completely needed the reminder, so thanks to you all for that!! RT @nmhouston: @michgunn love this take-away! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
As always I learned so much from everyone here! love these chats! #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Thanks so much everyone for joining us here at the #prodchat! It always flies by! See you next week!Ray Sidney-Smith
Ditto! RT @nmhouston: As always I learned so much from everyone here! love these chats! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Thanks, everyone! Have a great week! :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@rsidneysmith thank you - excellent prep #prodchatGTDbloke
Thanks #Prodchat friends. As always it was fantastic!Augusto Pinaud
thanks @rsidneysmith for a great topic! #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
RT @nmhouston: A4: the greatest barrier to creative productivity in any context is FEAR. #prodchatRebecca M. Townsend
RT @nmhouston: Too many people think "oh I'm not creative" -- cutting themselves off from essential part of being human #prodchatBrenda Bethman
@michgunn I really love them! And thanks for reminding me that I need to make my visionboard for 2013. Sorry I missed #prodchat this week.Tara Rodden Robinson