Let's check in with the Creative Whack Pack for some inspiration. Today's card is "Don't Force It." This is what it says.
An architect built a cluster of office buildings around a central
green. When construction was completed, the landscape crew asked him
where he wanted the sidewalks. "Just plant the grass solidly between
the buildings," was his reply.
By late summer the new lawn was laced with paths of trodden grass between the buildings. These paths turned in easy curves and were sized according to traffic flow.
In the fall, the architect simply paved the paths. Not only were the paths beautiful, they responded directly to user needs.
By putting an idea on your mental back burner, you allow yourself to put your problem in perspective. Sometimes we get so close to the problem that we lose sight of what we're trying to accomplish.
One advertising man told me that his strategy for coming up with ideas is to spend six weeks inundating himself with information about the client and its market. Then he'll go fishing for three days, and "let the ideas percolate their way to the top." Moral: If you allow yourself to get away from your problem, you put yourself in a position to see the big picture.
As the poet Doug King says:
"Learn to pause . . . or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you."
What are you forcing in your issue? Where can you back off? Where has pausing helped you be more creative?
(Me? I'm going to the movies this afternoon!)