Why Doing Nothing Might Be The Next Best Idea

November 27, 2014

Creativity is a funny thing. It seems to be something that everyone is born with to some degree, although some more than others.


Creativity comes in all shapes and forms and may not always be the arty farty type of creative thinking that we have become accustomed to when we think about creativity.


There are the visual creatives who have amazing ideas and concepts for art and film. The academic creatives. These people might be the Thomas Edisons or Albert Einsteins of the world who see the universe a bit differently and can come up with scientific or mathematical solutions that nobody ever considered. There are the writers, the performers and the entrepreneurs with their wacky, way out, exciting ideas that pave the way to our future.


There are times however when even the most creative of minds comes up blank. The creative flow is gone, the ideas are just out of reach, and the brain seemingly freezes over.


Here are a few suggestions to get the creative flow moving again.


Have a shower

This is a well known, common suggestion. For one good reason. It works! I can’t tell you how often the best ideas come during that zone out time in the shower. It’s often the place where our minds are free to wander, the running water wakes up our mind and bodies, and creativity can run free.


Something you might not know is that some creative advertising agencies have showers at their place of work to use during the work day for this very reason.


Try something new

Learn a new skill, take up surfing, go bungy jumping or learn to sew. Learning a new skill can be the door to seeing things differently.