W
elcome to the Creativity Notebook! This is the place where the thinking, drafting, reflecting, researching, imagining, creating and sharing will happen. I will try to communicate everything I learnt about the creative process and how to use it in your life and work. As an artist and designer, I know one thing for sure: This is a real mess. Learning how to accept the chaos – better: welcome it! – is the first rule.

I know: Chaos is scary. We need structure and organization to be able to manage our daily life, get the kids to school in time, walk the dog, buy groceries, do our work, meet deadlines, and also have time for ourselves. The truth is: We also need the chaos. How to welcome chaos in our life and thrive in it? I have the answer.

I believe in deeply ordered chaos.

Francis Bacon, Painter

We all have seen one or two (or one million) images of artists’ studios. I actually love them!I collect images of art studios to imagine how I would like my dream studio to be, and to be comforted by the idea that I am not the only messy person around (I am not the only one, right?).

One of my favorite is Francis Bacon’s studio. Is THE definition of artistic chaos. I wonder how he could find his painting tools in it. But I am so fascinated by it because it makes me think about how he could use this chaos as a way to nurture his inspiration (and yes, the whiskey helped too, I guess).

I believe chaos is where life come from, and also our ideas, inspiration, dreams, the very elements that nurture our ability to create. When we try too hard to organize the chaos, we risk to lose what makes us the special, unique geniuses we are. We cut out a big part of our potential, our messy, wild, highly innovative brain, to pursue the safe way and keep the fear at bay.

I believe in finding a balance between flow and structure, where we can get all our stuff done, while retaining the ability to follow our own pace and carve out our unique way of imagining, creating and sharing our vision.

First, you need to change your negative idea of chaos, into a positive one. (Feel free to skip this if you are already at peace with your inner and outer chaos!)

Use this little list as a guide to start changing your perception of chaos. Notice what are your feelings: Are you extremely bothered by it? Are you pleasantly relieved? Do you feel more happy? More creative?

THE HAPPY CHAOTIC MIND CHECKLIST:

    • LOOK at the areas of chaos in your life in a different way: What does that chaos mean to me? Can I look at it as something positive instead of something to be fixed? Example: The pile of books on your nightstand mean you have a lot of interests, and a lot of new discoveries to make. The exploding laundry basket means you decided to use your time in another way instead of using it to put clothes in the washing machine.
    • IMAGINE what would happen if… Something happened at work or in your personal life to put you in a moment of total chaos:What happens? How does it feel? What would you do to solve the situation? Example: Aclient or collegue send you the materials to complete a project at the last minute. Your kid decides to throw a colossal tantrum in the worst possible moment.
    • CREATE a collection of images of happy, positive chaos that speak to you and find a word to describe them. You can use Pinterest, Instagram or even better take your own pictures! Example: A room full of toys scattered around means happy kids. A messy bunch of flowers means love. A head full of tousled hair is sexy.
    • SHARE with your partner, roommate, cats or dogs that your are starting an “Happy Chaos” experiment and you won’t be bothered about the stuff you leave around anymore! (Ok, I am joking, but you can try and relax a bit about tidiness and see what happens)

If you want to learn more about the role of chaos in the creative process, sign up for the IGNITE YOUR CREATIVE SPARK program! We will explore together how to use the chaos, nurture an healthy imagination, create a vision for life and work, plan actionable steps, make things happen and share them with the world.

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Written by Eleonora Spagnuolo