Dan, I feel like I’ve lost my creativity. My work has sucked all the juices out of me. Do you have any ideas on how to get the creative juices flowing again? I can’t even sit down and think of my hobbies. What if I can’t think of anything I would “love” to do?
Tips to unlock your creativity:
- You need to “sit” longer.
- Get away from your normal routine.
- Go for a long walk, exercise more
- Take an art (woodworking, sculpture, gardening) class
- Put yourself around people who are high performers.
Henry Ford once said he didn’t want executives who had to work all the time. He insisted that those who were always in a flurry of activity at their desks were not being the most productive. He wanted people who would clear their desks, prop their feet up and dream some fresh dreams. His philosophy was that only he who has the luxury of time can originate a creative thought.
Wow! When’s the last time your boss told you to quit working and do more dreaming? Unfortunately, our culture glamorizes being under time pressure. Having too much to do with too little time is a badge of “success.” Or is it?
This week I heard from a gentleman who has spent the last three years hiking and living in an isolated old farm house. He said he had experienced the “perfect storm” – divorce, unfulfilling job, nasty boss and a 33 year dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail. After three years of “sitting” his thinking is now clear, his energy is renewed, his anger is gone, his creativity has been revived and he is ready to map out the next season of his life.
Source: Crosswalk | Dan Miller, 48Days.com