Organizing Your Visual Thinking Space

Before you organize your visual thinking environment be sure to decide on a thinking space and likewise identify all the necessary visual thinking creation tools you will need to create the perfect visual thinking environment.

Having accomplished this step, let’s now find a place for everything, and put everything in its place.

Creative People are Messy and Disorganized?

In January 2006, Cleveland-based PsyMax Solutions studied the work styles of hundreds of CEO’s and other top executives. What they found was absolutely shocking. In fact, this discovery rocked the foundations of corporate America. 😉

These researchers discovered that the CEO’s and top Executives were considerably less organized, however far more creative than individuals in other professions. Learn more.

Given the fact that visual thinking is a creative pursuit, does this mean that you should strive to keep your thinking space messy and cluttered? Well… yes and no.

You should strive to keep your thinking space organized, however when you’re in the midst of a creative breakthrough, it’s perfectly okay to completely mess up your thinking space and simply allow your creativity to flow. In such instances, use all the visual thinking tools you have at your disposal to express yourself in as many ways as required to help solve your problem.

It’s therefore perfectly okay to be messy, just as-long-as at the end of your visual thinking expedition, you have a place for everything, and put everything in its place. This will help you save time and will likewise boost your levels of productivity. In fact having an organized space:

  • Saves you time looking for stuff.
  • Saves you time when working and thinking.
  • Saves you time cleaning.
  • Saves you time making decisions.

In addition to the time saving benefits, an organized space also provides you with the following advantages:

Build Your Visual Thinking Environment

In the months and years ahead I will showcase plenty of visual thinking techniques and strategies on this blog. These techniques will help you to think more creatively and solve problems more effectively. However, in order to become a highly productive visual thinker you will need to take into consideration your thinking environment. This is the place you will be spending most of your time thinking and solving your problems visually. Let’s call this your Thinking Space.

The purpose of this article is to help you optimize your Thinking Space; to help you raise your levels of productivity and create an environment that naturally supports your ability to think creatively and visually.

Before we move on, let’s take a look at your current home or office work environment. Ask yourself:

  • Is my thinking space clean and uncluttered?
  • Does my thinking space excite and inspire me?
  • Does it provide me access to the tools I need to think visually?
  • Does this thinking space encourage me to think visually?
  • Does it make me feel happy and productive?
  • Is everything I need easily within my reach?
  • Is the thinking space clear of visual and auditory distractions?
  • What can I do to make my thinking space a more enjoyable and productive place to spend my time?

Keep in mind that your thinking space isn’t just your desk, it’s a place you work, think, visualize and create. It could be a room, a study, a section of a bedroom or living room, it could be a cafe, a library or another place that allows you to work and think visually. Above-all-else it must be a place where you switch-off from everything else, and tune in to your creative visual problem solving ability.

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