I had some good ideas over the last few days, which came to me unbidden. Just ten or twenty minutes of describing the creativity process to a few people at a networking event gave me so much feedback. But I wasn't aware of its impact until today. So exploration is not always conscious or intentional. Today I started experimenting with the ideas in concrete terms. I made a copy of some images and documents and made the exploratory changes to see if I liked them.
Here's where the process took over! I reached a point where I liked the exploration enough that I wanted the change to happen right away! So I followed through with all the affected documents and images, and sat back to think about it in its complete form. You might have thought I was resting, but my unconscious was bubbling up issues for me to check out. I kept getting up, checking out, going back to lunch (at 2PM), and so on. Eventually I realized I liked the result and I wanted the change made. Just that act of commitment gave me ten reasons why I wanted the change done tonight rather than next week. So for people worried that a balanced creative project doesn't drive to completion, I want to testify to the exact opposite. I was driven because I let the natural process do its work.
So at 3PM, I just couldn't leave the project alone. I did production work until 11PM with time out for dinner. And I like the result now. Good thing, because I'm tired so I need to rest anyway. I can assure you that if I'd left things there, when I next picked them up I would have had all kinds of new changes to make. Because after sleeping I'd have been ready for more exploration. Good thing that didn't happen. Instead, I'm done now and I like the result a lot.
And I feel totally fulfilled. Proud of the accomplishment and satisfied that it does what I want.
Now I'm definitely going to sleep! Goodnight!