Whew, you made it to the end of the week! And, as you’re sitting at your desk anxiously awaiting that 5 o’clock bell to ring (like Fred Flintstone) so that you can start your weekend rejuvenation, why not think about refreshing your innovation and creativity skills?
Don’t fret! You don’t have to sit and figure out ways to make it happen! Joel Falconer, editor of the gaming publication StartFrag, has devised a list of 30 tips that you can use to revive not only yourself this weekend, but also your imagination!
Following are some of the tips that Falconer suggests to keep those ideas flowing:
- Surround yourself with creative people -Hang out with writers, musicians, poets and artists. Often, just being in a creative environment will inspire you and refresh your creative mind.
- Never stop learning.
- Imitate the real world – Find beauty (or the ugly, depending on what inspires you) and try to extract the essence of it into your work. This may lead you to what you need to create, or it may just warm up the muse.
- Drink too much coffee – Sometimes.
- Do something new – Play chess. Read a book if you watch television and watch television if you read. Go outside. Sing in the shower.
- Don’t be too precious about your work – Being inspired by ‘the muse’ is important, but if the doctor and the garbage man can do their jobs every day, then those in a creative line of work can too. Change your attitude towards your work.
- Meet new people – from different walks of life. Gain insight into their perspectives on life. Strike up a conversation on the bus.
- Shut out the world – Instead of sucking in new information, sit quietly, go to sleep, or meditate. Stop thinking and clear your mind so that the clutter doesn’t get in the way of your thoughts.
- Don’t be a workaholic – Take breaks. Your mind needs a chance to wind down so it doesn’t overheat and crash.
10. Trash what you’re working on. Start again.
Click here to view the entire list. TGIF!
– The IDEAWorks® Team
“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe