One of the reasons that I’m such a planner is that I’m not a big fan of drama or stress. I like to get to the airport 2 hours before my flight (like they recommend!!).
I like to set goals, create timelines and itemize out every task necessary to launch a new collection. I like to make my life, and the life of my team, smooth and easy.
If you are rolling your eyes thinking that I’m too “buttoned up” to have a beer with, let me set you straight. I do love to mix it up and challenge my creativity. I enjoy pushing the limits, learning new things and the challenge of a tight deadline. I’m into “constructive stress.”
The Surprising Relationship Between Stress and Creativity
In a Hubspot blog post titled, “The Surprising Relationship Between Stress and Creativity,” Braden Becker writes:
“The relationship between stress and creativity is not a toxic one. In fact, small doses of stress — like juggling multiple projects or working under a tight deadline — are likely to produce the best ideas because they motivate your brain to work toward specific goals.”
Braden writes about three different types of stress and their connection to creativity.
- The ‘Task-Switching’ Stress
- The ‘Meaningful’ Stress
- The ‘Deadline’ Stress
Here is the full article by Braden Becker that I think you might find useful:
I’m not an expert on stress, but I do know how it plays out with my own creativity. Emotional stress can make my creativity feel like “a job.” If I don’t have the passion behind what I’m doing, it is best to just spend the day organizing my supplies or doing “production” like pieces instead of trying to attempt to be creative.
What About You?
What about you? How do you find that stress affects your creativity?
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