Creativity Overload: When Your Brain Won’t Stop Sparkling

Do you often find yourself flooded with ideas? Jumping from one project to another (not rarely without finishing the previous one)? Struggling with the choice of which one should take priority? And before even realising, being distracted again by new ideas? If so, you’re not alone! Many creative minds tend to experience a continuous rollercoaster of ideas and distractions. Have you ever wondered whether your boundless imagination is a result of a creative mind or a potential sign of ADD? I did, and therefore decided to delve into the intersection and complexities that arise when distinguishing between these two.

WHERE CREATIVITY AND ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER (ADD) MEET

Most of my friends and family would describe me as a creative person, with many (often ‘random’) ideas and an interesting level of fantasy. Did you ever wonder how it would be if the tram would be transformed in a gym, where people can do pull ups using the handles on the roof? I think about this almost every time I use the tram..While I like being engaged in creative activities, I regularly discover unfinished projects. For instance, an unfinished numbers painting that has been laying in my living room since a while, or the business plan for natural fragrance sticks that I started developing, and even started testing, but never finished. So how do I find out whether this lifestyle comes only from having a creative personality or if I should get tested for ADD? Because the line between creativity and ADD is very thin, and it is challenging to find the nuance between both. I decided to contact my GP. As I wait for the tests that will follow, I’d like to share below some strategies that help me to organise my thoughts.

STRATEGIES TO MANAGE THE OVERFLOW OF IDEAS

♣ Creative Brain-Dump Journaling. I am a big lover of notebooks, and I love writing and drawing. I have a daily planner with tasks and goals for my entire day, and a separate notebook for work-related tasks. Recently, I added a “creative brain-dump” notebook to my collection, where I can freely express and explore my imaginative ideas.

 

♣ Prioritisation and Categorisation. I write down or draw my ideas in my creative brain-dump journal. After a week or so, I revisit the journal to evaluate my enthusiasm for those ideas. This process allows me to bring structure to my thoughts, helping me prioritise and categorise my ideas effectively.

 

♣ Focus on one idea at a time. While for me it is extremely challenging to not get distracted by something new, I try to remind myself regularly to focus on one idea at a time. In addition to journaling, I try to surround myself by inspiring content, for instance on social media, related to the idea I want to concentrate on.

 

♣ Collaborate and seek feedback. It can be helpful to speak to people that know you and that can point out patterns in your behaviour. Or remind you to keep focused on one idea, and even bring up valuable lessons you learned from past experiences. A close circle of friends and family can provide the support you need to find structure in the chaos in your mind.

 

♣ Set SMART Goals. Smart goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. By setting clear and well-defined objectives, you are less likely to be distracted. Additionally, it can provide a sense of purpose and direction, and be beneficial to enhance commitment.

 

♣ Embrace Imperfection. Finally, understand that not every idea will result in a masterpiece, and that’s okay. Embrace imperfection, as it is an inherent part of the creative process.

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