Creativity Tip #1: Break a Routine

by Barbara Behan

Creativity isn’t all that mysterious.  In one sense, it’s just the rearranging of familiar things into a fresh relationship.  The things could be words, colors, or soup ingredients.

Imagine your creative self as a highly intelligent toddler.  She loves novelty.  She lives completely in the present moment.

Today, give your inner toddler something new and break a routine.  Start with a small routine — not a big one like your marital status.

Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand.

Drive to the grocery store via a new street.

Sit in a new place at the dinner table.

As you do this, pay attention to your thoughts and feelings.  Are you even a tiny bit more engaged with the here and now?  Do you find yourself looking at other routine experiences a little differently?

Creativity is all about noticing and experiencing the familiar in a fresh, unexpected way.