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.