More than a century old, the classic model of creativity (although somewhat simplistic) defines four stages of creativity:

  1. Define and frame the problem
  2. Gather ideas, data, and information
  3. Relax, let go, and do something else (high alpha rhythm)
  4. Execution and implementation

(Goleman, Daniel. The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights. p 24-26. MA: More Than Sound, 2011)