7 Rules for Maximizing Your Creative Output

Steve Pavlina’s rules for optimizing the highly creative flow state:

  1. Define a clear purpose.
  2. Identify a compelling motive.
  3. Architect a worthy challenge.
  4. Provide a conducive environment.
  5. Allocate a committed block of time.
  6. Prevent interruptions and distractions.
  7. Master your tools.

From 2007, but as with many productivity articles, this one stands the test of time. I really need to work on item five. He says that his truly creative output starts in hour two…. most of my creative sessions don’t even last two hours…