Motivational Book Monday - The Accidental Creative

While maybe not necessarily a motivational book, The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry is a great book for anyone who is consistently called upon to be creative.  In his book, Todd argues that in order to be "brilliant at a moment's notice" we have to be constantly cultivating our lives and our habits.

My favorite takeaway from his book is the idea of a study plan.  Now that I've been out of school for many, many years, the idea of implementing my own study plan pleasantly caught me off guard.  Here's his formula for the perfect study plan:

25% - Focusing on skills, talents, and general knowledge that you're lacking in order to be successful in your work.
50% - Focusing on what you're curious about and interested in.
25% - Focusing on "supertexts" or the classics that have endured the test of time.

This study plan is designed to inform and educate you from multiple angles, but it's mostly aimed and helping you be consistently creative.

Another idea from his book that I loved is that of writing objectives for every project and in your personal life.  It's crazy to think about how often I do things without having a clear objective.  It makes me wonder how much time I waste chasing after the wrong things!  

Todd also suggests keeping a notebook for all random note taking.  He recommends to have two indexes at the beginning of the notebook for easy reference and to keep it organized.  This is a cool idea, but then he took it one step further by saying that yesterday's notes should be reviewed every morning.  This enables you to retain the good ideas that come and find ways to act on them.  

Here are two of my favorite quotes from the book:

"If you want to regularly generate brilliant ideas, you must be purposeful about what you're putting into your head."
"You must get comfortable with eliminating things in your life that are getting in the way of clarity and focus."

If you're struggling with being consistently creative, I hope you'll give this book a read!