All it takes is a moment of white space
Giving 20 minutes of my workday to a stress-free, invigorating activity will only energize the rest of my time at my desk, and maybe give a brilliant idea time to surface.
Creativity is so simple to cultivate and so simple to forget. In a book I recently compiled called Idea Revolution, I asked hundreds of designers what they do to counteract a creative slump. The book lists over 120 solutions to common creative challenges-all simple ways that designers have found to bring creativity to their daily lives. The contributors all have one trait in common: They believe in working to live, not living to work.
- All it takes is a moment of white space
Thoreau understood that to be efficient was not to be mindlessly busy. All it takes is a moment of white space-a simple activity or a calm, quiet rest-to reenergize your day and make tasks easier to accomplish. This is how to become a truly efficient laborer, and a more effective creative thinker.
Where do creative ideas come from?
- Clare Warmke is the acquisitions editor for HOW Design Books.
She deals with creative people in the design field on a daily basis, and is uniquely positioned to see the world of creativity from the big picture perspective.
Her recently published book Idea Revolution is a Design-Bookshelf Editors' Choice book that everyone in any of the creative endeavours should read. It presents a collection of unique motivational solutions to virtually every creative challenge -- including 120 activities, exercises and anecdotes that will spark your creative juices.
Clare's next book, Colossal Design, will be available in July.
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Also see Fred Showker's article on "Creative Thinking"