Creative Workflow – Are You Linear or Radial?

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Are You More Linear or Radial?

Is your best creative workflow more linear or radial? Most creatives would describe themselves as right brain centric. Those previously termed “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.

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We all tend to still describe ourselves and others as being either “left brain” or “right brain” dominant, and that subsequently explains our creative workflow as organized and methodical, or messy and flowing.

It’s just one way of assigning relatable qualities that everyone understands. We all know what it means… even though it doesn’t really mean that after all, because the problem is that left brains for logical thinkers and right brain for creative thinkers is not a thing… it doesn’t really exist.

No More Right Brain, Left Brain

It turns out that “left brain” and “right brain” have been proven to not be true literal attributes of analytical versus creative types. 1)https://www.techwell.com/techwell-insights/2014/06/debunking-left-brainright-brain-myth2)https://www.livescience.com/32935-whats-the-difference-between-the-right-brain-and-left-brain.html

So we’re introducing the philosophical concepts of linear and radial approaches of mind and consciousness. We’re calling “right brain” a radial mind and “left brain” a linear mind.

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.

Linear thinkers can be equally artistic to radial thinkers. They simply have a different creative workflow. Linear minds work best within creative constraints.

~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

The 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. Many times we’re our own distractors… clicking off to some “shiny object” or social post, where time is lost and it takes time to recover momentum and get back on track.

For linear thinkers, uninterrupted work within a time and structure is essential for progress.

~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

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.

You’ll enjoy the YouTube video on this at the end of this article that depicts this beautifully.

Radial Growth

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, Cofounder-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 history. The mathematical (left brain) concept of the Golden Mean, holds intrigue and wonder even for non-linear creatives 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 radial creativity needs your linear mentality. The most successful artists today must employ a whole mind approach.

~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

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 predominantly linear thinkers engage the creativity of a strong radial approach—or vice versa, radial thinkers who employ a strong 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 linear growth with radial growth, like walking left-right, left-right, (formerly equatable to a coordinated left brain and right brain approach), 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 your radial and linear mind?

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 connects everything you do with your “why“… your purpose for doing what you’re doing.

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

Discovering Essentiality

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… your stable, linear connecting link, 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 website, our “one thing” is Media Publishing.

Our…

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

Our family theme is learning and growth through creation, contribution, and connection. The exact expressions change and evolve, but they’re always built on that same foundation.

~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Creative Workflow is not a Blended Approach

When a carpenter builds stairs, there are these tricky phases where the steps and that which they connect to need to happen virtually simultaneously. To secure one is to secure the other and vice versa.

Our growth is similar. To take a full step requires one foot followed by the other… right-left, right-left. Our growth is the same. We grow in linear steps that radiate out in spiral fashion, and we connect the spiral with linear actions.

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. These connect to each other in the same way they connect to the different aspects of our interests.

The fronds of expansion are connected by linear lines of relevance and relatability.

~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-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

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.3)https://youtu.be/0jHsq36_NTU

Flitting from Focus

My biggest challenge is that most everything I want and love to do, is best done in the mornings, when I’m at peak cortisol, rest, clarity and caffeine! On the morning that I’m writing this, I have a dozen tabs open on my laptop, flitting in between them because there’s so much to cram into this first half of a very busy day.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? It may not be what you think.

A Family Circus Kind of Morning

Today—as with many days—isn’t proceeding in linear fashion. In fact it’s reminiscent of “Billy’s map” from the famed Family Circus comic strip. I’m guessing you have days that like too… chances are, we all do.

Though my side trips, detours and distractions are all productive tasks that need to be done. It’s like the prolific bursting forth of nature in spring, sometimes appearing as chaos, where everything is growing all at once.

Chaos and idea overload is the plight of many creators. However, for as many examples of creative chaos as we might cite, my own included, there are just as many examples of the ultra focused and organized creator. I’m a blend of both.

‘Billy’s Map’ Image by FamilyCircus.com

Tame the Turmoil

How to set an organized creative workflow amidst the creative chaos? Set goals and work them daily. Setting daily goals doesn’t sound glamorous or exciting but achieving your goals definitely is.

Daily steps in the direction of your dreams is a proven path to success.

CREATIVITY: Ideas rarely arrive in linear fashion. Rather, they sprout like weeds in spring determined to grow. Plant your best ideas in the fertile soil of daily effort.

~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Create the life you want to live, one day at a time.

The Day is the Way.

iCreateDaily!™


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