Creative Workflow – Are You Linear or Radial?

Is your best creative workflow more linear or radial?

Are You Right Brain Dominant?

Most creatives we know are predominantly right brain centric. Right brainers are known to work best in non-linear fashion and you can find many memes fondly attributing disorder, non-conformity and even chaos to eccentric creatives.

Audio Article: Creative Workflow:

The creative workflow of predominantly right brain creatives is often the chaos of jumping from one thing to another, in seemingly random fashion. But equally as often, artistic creativity radiates out from a core idea or concept in spiral fashion. We call it radial growth.

Left brainers can be equally artistic to right brainers. They simply have a different creative workflow. Left brainers work well within creative constraints.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

"Left brainers can be equally artistic to right brainers. They simply have a different creative workflow. Left brainers work well within creative constraints." ~LeAura Alderson #quotes #workflow #journal #creative

Left Brain Linear Approach

There are many creative individuals who do their best creative work in linear fashion.

In the landmark book, The One Thing, authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan dedicate an entire book to the vital importance of focusing on your “one thing”. We’ve written about that in this article, and elaborated on it in others because as creative and prolific ideators, we’re no strangers to the struggle to narrow our focus to just one thing.

We know a number of successful creators who doggedly focus on one thing at a time, and who cannot tolerate distractions and interruptions without it impairing their progress and flow. Certainly, we can all relate to being frustrated with interruptions while in the middle of a project.

Having homeschooled our kids for years while also working from home, interruptions were constant, and even something I periodically need to course correct today. Not only that, I have to be aware of my interrupting them as well! Whether you work at home or in an office complex with others, we’ve all experienced how interruptions disrupt creative workflow, including our own distractions where time is lost and it takes time to recover our momentum and get back on track.

For left brainers, uninterrupted work within a time and structure is essential for progress.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

In the landmark book, The One Thing, authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan dedicate an entire book to the vital importance of focusing on your "one thing". We've written about that in this article, and elaborated on it in others because as creative and prolific ideators, we're no strangers to the struggle to narrow our focus to just one thing. #creative #work #progress #quotes #time

The Spiral Nature of Creativity

We live in a spiral galaxy, and all life on planet earth grows in spiral formations. We are hurtling through space at 67,000 mph while spinning at 1,000 mph… all while moving with the sun around the center of the galaxy, as it soars through space.1)https://youtu.be/0jHsq36_NTU

Radial growth expands from a core idea in ever expanding spirals. The thing about spirals is that they remain connected to their core. Spirals revolve around the core seed from which they sprang.

Ideas, are those invisible etheric creatures that take on a life of their own. If left unattended, they eventually oscillate out of orbit and self destruct, or fizzle out into nothingness. If nurtured by the creator, they expand into an ever-widening spiral of uneven growth.

What connects that expanding spiral of conscious creation… what holds it all together are the linear strands… the ladder of creation.

The creator must create and connect… create and connect.

We live and grow in a spiral universe, where, like the nautilus, growth is a radial and linear series of expansions and connections. This universal concept is known as The Golden Ratio.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

"We live and grow in a spiral universe, where, like the nautilus, growth is a radial and linear series of expansions and connections. This universal concept is known as The Golden Ratio." ~LeAura Alderson #goldenratio #live

 

The Golden Ratio

A familiar term in the linear world of finance is “compound interest”, and compounding. The principle of compounding is embedded in every atom of our universe, in every plant and animal in nature, and every cell of our bodies.

The Golden Mean or Golden Ratio, also called the Fibonacci Sequence, has inspired thinkers of all disciplines in the history. The mathematical (left brain) concept of the Golden Mean, holds intrigue and wonder even for right-brainers and mystics. In fact, The Golden Ratio is a part of art education and implementation.

Compounded growth, is a universal principle… a Fibonacci Sequence. When we align with the expanding spiral nature of The Golden Mean, we align with the very principles of life.

Your creativity (right brain) needs your mentality (left brain). The most successful artists  today must employ a whole mind approach.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

The Golden Mean or Golden Ratio, also called the Fibonacci Sequence, has inspired thinkers of all disciplines in the history. The mathematical (left brain) concept of the Golden Mean, holds intrigue and wonder even for right-brainers and mystics. In fact, The Golden Ratio is a part of art education and implementation. #education #implementation #mind #approach

 

A Whole Mind Approach

The most successful artists employ a combination of a linear and radial approach toward growing their creative business and getting their work out in the world. A whole mind approach is where predominant left brainers engage the creativity of a strong right brain approach—or vice versa, right brainers who employ a strong left brain, linear approach.

Professions that naturally tend toward a whole mind approach in their creative workflow are architects, musicians and anything related to music. Landscapers and gardeners, and website developers. Each of these are working within the constraints of their medium; each employing math and science, structure and coding, even if unconsciously, as a part of the creative process.

When you synthesize left brain growth with right brain growth, like walking left-right, left-right, you will move forward in your creative endeavors and make progress more quickly. Walking wasn’t easy at first either, but with every effort you get better. Same with art and business and the art of business.

How to Synthesize Radial Growth with Linear Stability

How to do more than one thing and synthesize right brain and left brain?

You can synthesize an expanded network of projects by working on those which are connected to your core idea. To the anchoring seed thought, around which all of your other work revolves. Your seed thought is your “why“.

If you’re not certain of your seed thought around which to spiral your life and your business, explore that with questions.

Discover Your Essential Self

Ask yourself:

  • “What is most important to me in life/work?”
  • “What do I always come back to, dream of and long for.”
  • “What do I always gravitate toward?”
  • “What have I always wanted to do?”
  • “What do I yearn for?”
  • “What was I always inclined toward as a child?”

We’ve written more about that here.

CALADANA Creatives — The Alderson Four…

In the family businesses we are building, we have a portfolio of websites, some of which are in different areas. For example, the iCreateDaily.com brand and our health and fitness site, MyTrainerFitness.com. However, most of them connect with each other at some point, on some level, because the ultimate connecting core is us… these are all things we enjoy doing.

The ultimate connector is your life.

So fitness is related to creativity because movement is essential for life and growth. Movement is essential for health, and a healthy, energized body and brain have the capacity to be more creative. Fitness gives you more life… and can even save your life as it saved mine.

Rather than our “one thing” being one site, our “one thing” is Media Publishing.

  • Our “why” is our family theme: to learn and grow through creating, contributing and connecting.
  • Our “what” is through publishing, which leads to our “how”.
  • Our “how” is through multiple avenues of creative express including websites, podcasts, books and other products.

Our family theme is: learning and growth through creation, contribution, connection.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com, CALADANA Creatives

The linear connections to our radial expressions that hold it all together is to learn the business of all that we’re doing. For example, it is not just to write for a website, but to learn the business of websites as well. It’s not just to do a podcast, but to learn the business of podcasting as well.

The other linear connection is how these sites connect to each other. As you’ve seen, I’ve linked from here to relevant articles on our fitness site.

The fronds of expansion are connected by linear lines of relevance and relatability.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

 

Radial Creativity and Linear Connectivity

Your Core Concept

  1. You might map out your radial by drawing a large circle in the middle of a page. This is your core concept… your why… the seed idea of you and of your life.
  2. Then draw your areas of interest and endeavor as circles orbiting around that core.
  3. Notice the connections between these orbiting areas. Ultimately, they’re all connected because they all connect to you… that central circle. Anything not connected, may be something for another time, or something to let go.

Stay forever open to the every expanding spiral of learning and growth, and remember to connect the growth spurts with linear lines of stability. Creativity and business… the business of creativity.

Anchor your creative ideas in daily doing, and they will thrive.

Creative ideas unfurl like fern fronds. For every expansion of the frond in space, there is an equal expansion of root in earth that holds it all together and stabilizes growth. Each needs the other to exist.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Creative ideas unfurl like fern fronds. For every expansion of the frond in space, there is an equal expansion of root in earth that holds it all together and stabilizes growth. Each needs the other to exist. ~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com #creative #rightbrain #quotes

 

Now, for some fun…

Brain Test… it may surprise you

Here’s a very cool and fun left brain right brain test. And remember, whatever it is today, may not be what it will be next year or next decade (or the next minute ;-)).

The keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind; creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers, artists, inventors, and designers, storytellers, caregivers, and big picture thinkers.
~Daniel Pink, author, A Whole New Mind

The keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind; creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers, artists, inventors, and designers, storytellers, caregivers, and big picture thinkers. ~Daniel Pink #quotes #brain #mindset

Be sure to scroll down to the video link below for a visual treat and intrigue on the universe in spiral motion.2)https://youtu.be/0jHsq36_NTU

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Hello! I’m LeAura, an autodidactic former homeschooling mom, self development advocate, entrepreneur, author, ideator, web publisher, and podcaster, passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life!

I love people, creating, and good conversations on creativity, growth, development and entrepreneurship. So co-hosting the iCreateDaily podcast along with my daughter, Devani, is one of my favorite things to do.

I’ve trained and certified in mediation, strategic intervention, marriage and family coaching as well as a fitness trainer, and participated in many courses and workshops over the years.

Today, the synergy of creating websites, articles and podcasts, brings together all my favorite things: learning, growth, creating, connecting and contributing. To share these with you is a privilege, that serves my lifelong aspiration to help others.

My personal areas of creativity are in writing, masterminding, ideation and bringing ideas to life through business and entrepreneurship.



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