No, this is not the correct vocabulary I’m sure. So you’ve already guessed this won’t be a scientific type discussion. You’ve probably heard it described more as a Left Brain vs. Right Brain activity right? Let me see if I can explain myself! I’ve had two conversations this week regarding the reality though, so I’m going to hope you know what I mean.
By operational brain, I am referring to the task oriented work we do by checking items off of a list, making and using tech options as reminders of our “to-do’s” and working systems in such a way that projects, assignments or businesses make progress ultimately being completed.
By creative brain, I am referring to the very opposite process of creation. Allowing time to be an open ended continuum to be able to create art, music, books etc. requires continual immersion in ideas and creative space.
For a long portion of my life, I engaged my creative side but used it very operationally. I didn’t allow a lot of time to create, and out of necessity worked very operationally. First working operationally is quite easy. Tasks need to be done and you do them. Generally, you get paid for work you do especially when you accomplish it. A few years ago, I realized my creative spark was being hindered by the very operational life I had constructed.
Thankfully, I had a reached a time in my life and we as a family were in a position financially where I could find some wiggle room. This wiggle room allowed me create again. Where it was musically oriented before, I know allowed the stories in my brain to come out and began going down a road of writing.
It has been a delightful journey, but a tough one frankly. I have always believed that if you work hard and produce good work, you will find success. This is not necessarily the case in the publishing world. But I am learning, and I am training myself to improve. What’s funny to me though is that the deeper I immerse in what I believed to be a fully creative opportunity – I come full circle back around to the necessity of digging into the operational side again. Building a platform, connecting with people and networking, creating the sales pitches and proposals all require a certain level of operational brain. If I’m not careful I can find myself swing so easily back into operational mode again. Again, tasks get completed, checklists get checked and “to-do’s” get crossed off. Short term satisfaction though because ultimately I LOVE and CRAVE creative brain. It’s what I enjoy even if currently I’m still trying to figure out how to earn from it. I’m working through it and I’m learning I MUST protect my creative time, by compartmentalizing my operational duties into certain time frames, even though my tendency is to deal with things as they occur. Creative time has to be precious and protected and utilized everyday even if the creative lightning bolt doesn’t strike. Showing up and working the creative muscle is half the battle, the other is not providing an excuse for avoiding the creative work.
How about you – do you get what I’m saying about operational brain vs. creative brain? If so, let me know how you work through it!