We’ve been told to limit distractions when we want to focus. Fast Company explains why you should use distractions to foster creativity.
We already know that creative geniuses tend to keep a messy workspace. Fast Company might be onto the idiosyncratic pairing of creativity and disorder: distractions are just something that catch your attention, and if they’re catching your attention in the right context, you have more room to generate new ideas.
An important part of using distractions is to look at them in a non-judgmental way. When a distraction happens, let it give you a chance to pay attention to more of the things around you and see what kind of creative inspiration it gives you. Carson says we should all be open to distractions, whether your job is creative or not.
I like to take this a step further: be strategic when creating distraction to help you through. It doesn’t have to just be an unkempt desk of random papers, books, and objects. It can be specific.
For example: When I sit down to write a poem, I choose the songs I play carefully. It needs to have lyrics and music that push my mood and thought process more into the direction I intend to go with my poetry. This is just a strategic placement of a distraction!
Click the link to read more about how distractions can help your creativity.