The creative process can be utilized in a specific timeframe, especially if there is a project or problem that needs a solution by a deadline. But, there is also the long-term creative process that occurs across one’s life.
I have become increasingly aware of this fact, by being intentional about writing down ideas, making sketches, and creating an idea catalog. As I have time, I can continue to mix in exploring and gathering information, and make judgements about what I have found so far. It is a meandering version of creativity, but one that – without deadlines – can lead to great ideas.