“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
There are many possibilities in art and creativity, but having too many of them and having too many tools can sometimes be overwhelming. This can ultimately lead to distraction.
Often, in creativity, it isn’t the tools that someone has at their disposal that is important, but the way in which they use them.
Charlie Chaplin may not have had the same technology in 1925 to make The Gold Rush as the The Wachowski’s did when they made The Matrix in 1999 but it doesn’t make it any less a great or classic film than the latter.
Ideas and tools are simple, but trying to attach and combine too many can clutter the thought process.
As Steve Jobs once said; “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
Try and put restrictions on an aspect of your life today.
If you’re in a creative mood, trying painting a picture with only three colours or writing a poem using only a limited number of words or phrases.
You can also put restrictions on time too. If it usually takes you ‘X’ of amount of time to clean your house or do your weekly shop, trying doing it in half the time.
Learning to be economical with our tools, time and resources is essential to living creatively.