It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter here in Toronto, and it has some people worrying whether spring will ever come. For many, spring signals a great opportunity for fresh starts, to initiate new projects or undertake an initiative they’ve been developing during the winter hibernation. So a lack of spring weather can put a damper on their forward momentum. This is the sort of time when we really need to find a way to kick-start our creativity and get those innovative juices flowing, whatever the season. How can we get rid of a “brain clog” and turn on the taps to let the good ideas out? One way to get started is to do a writing exercise. Get a pad & paper, or sit at the keyboard, and set a timer for five minutes. Then start writing. The topic can be anything—how about, “why am I procrastinating?” Write without stopping, for 5 minutes. Write anything that comes into your head. This little exercise works because it breaks the cycle of focusing on the problem and trying to force a solution. At the end of the five minutes, go back and read what you’ve written. It may give you a clue as to how to get started. Or it may be complete gibberish. Either way, there’s a good chance that the clog will be cleared, and you’ll be on your way to a more productive day. Some other exercises or activities to get the creative juices flowing:
- Take a walk around the block, ride an exercise bike, or go up and down stairs for five minutes—the increased blood flow to your brain can’t hurt!
- Visualize! See yourself at the finish line of your successful project. Imagine what it will feel like to have succeeded. The positive energy you’ve envisioned can help boost your morale and inspire you to get started.
- Make a list of ten things you could be doing that would get you started on your project. Then list ten more. Then list a final ten. Now pick one—and do it.
Planting the seeds of our newest ideas,
Megann & Steve