John Cleese & Cultivating Creativity

I’m notorious for being too connected to my laptop (running multiple applications and bouncing between at least 5 tabs in my browser). But this often means that I get drawn in by emails, alerts, and checklists and don’t take time to process what I’m encountering, consider my own perspective, or actually make something.

So I’m scheduling out some “unplugged” time each day when I shut down my laptop and block out time to think, synthesize, reflect, and create something original.

And if I need a little more support breaking my addiction, maybe I should invest $10 for some Freedom.

So a question for you: how do you cultivate creative space?

(via Neuronarrative)

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  1. As an extreme introvert who is also highly sensitive to stimuli, these are what work for me. We’re opposite enough that my list would probably be counter-productive for you.

    1. Avoid the office. For me, the biggest distractions come from interruptions and environmental “noise.”
    2. Limit meetings. I’m determined not to let meetings suck up my time. I need big blocks of time to work, not 15 or 30 minutes scattered throughout the day. Once meetings start filling up my calendar, I push off emails and social media and online time as fillers between meetings.
    3. Keep a detailed to-do list. I’m easily overwhelmed by the number of big things that have to get done. I get paralyzed and really don’t know where to start or how to begin. When I make lists of even the smallest things and do those, the act of acting puts my brain in motion. I don’t look at how high the mountain is or how far I’ve climbed. I just keep climbing one rock at a time. My to-do lists look long, but many of the items are things I can do in short bursts.
    4. Decide everyday what 1 or 2 things must get done today, if nothing else does. My criteria changes, but I find it very focusing and very freeing to identify how I’ll know if I’ve had a successful day, or a day that’s gone out of control.
    5. Be OK with setting boundaries and hold yourself accountable to honoring them.

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