I have a confession to make. I take baths. Every day.
Let me explain. Our house has 2 claw foot tubs. Cool, but not the best set up to shower. One of the tubs doesn’t even have a shower (well, it has a handheld shower). The other tub has a stand-up shower, but it is really tight. The claustrophobic comes out in me when I use it.
So, I have resigned to taking baths. Every day.
The upside of a bath.
Now that I have effectively ruined my manhood for many of you, let me tell you the one great thing about baths.
They take time.
It’s hard to slip into a warm bath and hurry through it. You sit down and instantly relax. So, while I’m sitting in the tub, my mind wanders, and I think. I get creative.
In fact, I find that my most creative time of the day – in the form of brainstorming and creating plans to take over the world – happen while I’m sitting in the bathtub.
I wrote most of this post in my head as I was in the bathtub this morning. Let me share with you how this process works.
Creativity takes time…3 steps.
I go through three initial steps to make an idea come to reality. They are basic, and you probably do the same, but I think it’s really important to map out what works. This will help you develop an idea when it’s hard to come up with something concrete.
1. Quiet + Time
The thing about the bath for me is that it forces me to take time. I spend at least 10-15 minutes there, usually more. The bathtub is in an open space in our bedroom, so it’s not always quiet.
I am able to be much more creative when I’m alone, and it is quiet. For you to be creative you need time. You also need quiet. Quiet from sound, but also quiet from technology.
You may be the kind of person that needs to talk through an idea out loud, Kia is this type of person. However, you still need short periods of quiet to allow your mind to relax and meditate.
2. Write it down.
A great idea is worthless if I don’t remember it. So, as soon as I’m out of the bath I write it down. Most of the time I physically write it down on a sticky note, and occasionally I’ll write directly into Evernote.
I know some people may say it would be better to have a pad of paper to write them down immediately, but I really like the time to let the ideas play out. This let’s my mind wander from point A to B to C to anywhere it wants to go. No pressure.
3. Take action.
This is the hardest part – doing something with what you’ve dreamed up and written down.
I’m great at following through and doing something with an idea for a post on The Collective (point in case…what you’re reading now). I’m not always great at taking action on other ideas.
I recently had an idea for a podcast I would like to start. I came up with the idea, I wrote it down (looking at the note on my desk now), I’ve even done a bit of research. There doesn’t seem to be much available with the idea I have, yet I still haven’t done much with it.
I great idea is nothing if you don’t take action…all the way through.