Creative Napping and Creative Tools

By: LeonardoTrait
Creative napping is my favorite power tool, but it's followed closely by Creative Goofing Off.

My favorite place to creatively goof off is the library, but the techniques I use here can be used in a shopping mall, art museum, auto parts store, at a baseball game, wherever.

Again, I get my problem clear and think about my current options.

Then I get up from my desk, put on my shoes, because I don't wear shoes at home, and go to the library. Usually I go to a different branch than my "normal" one.

I wander through the library, not going to any particular section, and pick up books that have interesting titles or covers. I usually pick up about ten books, and then take them to a table and sit down with them.

I don't read these books, of course. I look at them. I look at the covers, the titles, the pictures inside, the words on the back. Sometimes I pick a page, put my finger down in the middle of it, and try to get an idea from that word.

The main thing I'm doing is exposing myself to things that have nothing to do with my problem, and trying to wrestle a solution from them by creatively connecting unrelated ideas.

Creative Goofing Off also works well if you go to the dollar store and try to find a solution for a dollar, or sit in the park watching kids and thinking of ways they'd solve the problem.

The point of Creative Goofing Off is to get away from your normal routine.

The rules are very simple. You have to leave your office. You have to go somewhere you don't spend a lot of time normally. And you have to expose yourself to something that does not seem related to your problem.

**Most Creative Ideas Come . . .**

One of my friends, early in our friendship, was surprised to learn that I often take a bath in the middle of the day, sometimes two, in addition to my nightly relax-for-bedtime-bath. She asked if I take the baths because of my back problems.

"Sometimes, but mostly because of creative problems."

Many people say their best ideas come in the shower. Mine usually come in the bathtub, maybe simply because I spend so much more time there than in the shower.

I get ideas on walks, too, especially if I take my dog, Sirius Black Dixon, and we have to go slow so he can smell EVERYTHING.

If you're having a problem, get it clear in your head, and then take a shower, or a bath, or a walk. Do something where your mind is totally unengaged and not at all required to do anything, except maybe remember to pick up after your dog.

I can't guarantee an answer to your problem using this technique. I can guarantee that if you really turn your mind off, you'll feel more relaxed and less stressed, and that almost always helps solve the problem.
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