Creativity is the Spice of Life!
Kicking off Creativity and Mind Maps
Hello friends 👋,
Welcome to Season 1: Creativity. I recently announced a new approach to my publishing I will experiment with in which I write in seasons.
Each season will be roughly two months in length which should help me explore a topic in more depth than before. My goal is to gain a better understanding of each topic by exploring it and uncovering the gems within. I will also share my process, tools, and insights I gather along the way to help us all collect the gems of knowledge so we can apply it in all parts of our life.
Creativity: the spice of life
For the first season, I picked Creativity as the topic to explore because it has been on my mind lately.
Creativity is a vast topic that touches all parts of our lives. It helps us:
engage our minds and body
inspire change within and around us
bring more fun and playfulness into everything we do
and much more!
Creativity is the spice of life.
As I dove into the world of creativity, I noticed topics ripe for my picking, such as:
the creative process,
qualities of creativity
the importance of play
I felt a sense of wonder and delight to begin to explore and understand what creativity is. My new approach has ignited my curiosity and is helping me feel alive and thirsty for more.
There is a whole other world beneath the surface if we only pause to notice.
So stay tuned for a lot more as I explore Creativity to uncover the gems within.
My next thought was creativity is a vast and encompassing topic, so where to begin and how to make sense of it all?
Enter the mind map
I started by creating a mind map using MindMeister, which lets you create three mind maps in the free version.
A mind map is a great way to identify and collect your understanding of a concept. It consists of a central topic with branches for the sub-topics.
Here are a few screenshots of the mind map I have created. It’s growing quickly.
Benefits of a mind map:
remember and recall information
create meaningful learning
help engage with the concepts
a better understanding of topics by breaking them down into manageable parts
enable creativity by helping make connections between different ideas
strengthen and grow our knowledge
Let the learning begin!
I have already started collecting insights from my new approach, such as:
The mindmap I created is a central place for me to collect information along the way. I can fill the puzzle with pieces of knowledge I pick up along the way
I can now travel through the mind map to see which branching topics resonate and dive into those.
The mindmap is an excellent way to break down complex ideas into smaller concepts.
My mind map has become quite large, which forces me to review all the branches each time I open it. It's a built-in spaced repetition method to revise information to help improve my understanding.
An Experimentation Mindset
Another essential part of my new writing strategy is to experiment. I want to take this opportunity to improve my reading, writing, research, marketing, and community building skills.
Experimentation will be critical to not fall into overthinking and staying outside of my comfort zone, a place I have known for too long.
For example, with writing, I can experiment with writing better hooks. I can also experiment with different calls to action at the end of each issue.
The possibilities are endless!
Along the way, I will share what works and what doesn't so you can apply it in your work or life.
Which topics have captured your interest these days?
What are you curious to learn more about?
If you're not sure, you can try this:
Brainstorm topics you have wanted to learn about
Keep a list on your phone, and as you go about your day, as soon as a topic catches your eye, write it down.
Once you have enough ideas, you can identify the one that resonates with you.
Then dive into it and dedicate a week or a season to exploring it; you might be surprised at what you learn!
Thank you for being a part of this journey. I want to make this a fun, engaging, and impactful learning opportunity us all.
Let me know in the comments if any of this resonates with you. I always love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading Low Fidelity! If you like this publication, please consider buying me coffee because I wake up way too early to write. I neeeeeeeeeeeeeed coffeeeeeeee ☕️!!!!!!
Till next time,
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