James A. Schiel, CEO, Artisan Software Consulting, says:
“The trouble with thinking creatively is that you can’t ‘turn on’ the creative juices when you necessarily want to. Whether a day is busy or not has everything to do with how many different tasks you decide to do in a given day, and whether or not you slot time to get things done. I tried to create a 'timebox' for doing creative work but discovered that creativity occurs when it wants to, not when I wanted it to."
"So, I tried a different approach: In the morning, first thing, consider the problem you want to solve. Write it down. Stick it on some empty wall space, a whiteboard, or even empty table space," Schiel said. "Look at it from a couple different perspectives, and write those down separately. Now, schedule the rest of your day in 25 or 50 minute blocks of time, plus a final block of time to consider the “creative” work."
"After each block, spend a couple minutes reviewing what you wrote down in the morning. Capture some additional ideas — don’t filter, just write. Keep doing this throughout the day until you get to the block where you need to put together everything that came to mind during the day. You can do this for a few days until you have what you need.”