Unless you’re particularly lucky or skilled, creative ideas probably don’t just happen on demand for you. In fact, in most cases, creativity will appear whenever it happens to, and you tend to have very little control over when it will occur.
While you can put yourself in a situation where you are able to be more creative, you aren’t able to force it to appear at will. In many ways, creativity is like a toddler running around.
It can come up and interrupt you at any moment, even if you’re in the middle of something important. You could be trying to focus on your normal work, trying to sleep, or in the middle of a call or meeting with someone very important.
In these cases, you have to treat it the same way you would a toddler. The first thing you should try to do is train yourself to reserve your creative thoughts for later. If your mind wanders even a little while you’re trying to focus, you can get flooded with all these different ideas that you can get lost in.
Hold all of that off until you have some time that you’ve either designated to be for creativity, or just when you have some time off to relax. However, also in the same way as a toddler, if it’s something important that it has interrupted you with, you should take a second to address it.
Sometimes a creative idea will pop up that could be life changing for you, and in that case, you need to stop what you’re doing and at least write it down quickly. Don’t ignore your creativity outright if it’s something that’s a really good idea or something that you really want to work on.
If that’s the case, try to come back to it later and continue expanding on it. You just can’t let random intrusive thoughts take over your work. Focus can be extremely important while also being rather fragile.
The slightest wandering thought or break in your concentration can pull you way off track in some instances. While some people’s focus isn’t easily broken, yours might be one little distraction away from crumbling, allowing you to get fully enveloped in that distraction.
Keep these creative distractions out of your mind while you’re trying to focus down and work, otherwise you’re going to keep on letting your mind wander without getting any good work done.