To simulate Creativity,
one must develop the
childlike inclination for play
and the childlike desire for recognition
Don’t know how to stimulate your creativity? Then, it’s time to play. Whether that’s inside or outside, it’s up to you because it doesn’t matter. The key is that you play.
Playing involves dropping the work that you feel you must do, whether it’s business, housework or yard work and having fun instead. Drop it and go read a book or watch football. See a sunset or have a tea party with your kids. Enjoy the sunrise or do some coloring. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re having fun doing it.
Play allows your mind to let go of what you’ve been working on and brings you into moments of joy, fun, and laughter. Think of a child playing outside. They can go out and study an anthill for hours. Studying how the ants bring the food into their home, even dropping bits of food to see how they would pick up the new objects Once done, the child can then regale you with stories of ant families living off the food through the cold winters. That is imagination at work! A child will look at a crack in the wall and wonder if it can be stitched together, or draw an animal out of it or think it’s time energy about to explode and rewrite the history of the universe (any Whovians out there?)
When I was a child I used to have to rake leaves as a chore. I hated raking leaves, it was so boring. So I would rake the leaves into lines and pretend the lines were walls to a house. I would rake more leaves in and create all the different rooms, even a porch, and a garage. Then I would play in all the different rooms. I took a boring chore and made it fun for me. My husband still plays like that as an adult. He turns boring chores at work into a game, like timing himself to see if he can peel potatoes faster with each batch. Do you remember how you used to play as a child? Are you forgetting to play now?
I have a boss who started a new ritual with us. At the beginning of our weekly staff meetings, he asks us to share not only something that we’re proud of from work but also something fun that we did over the weekend. It’s a reminder that we need to look at the positive things that happen at work (not just the negatives,) and we also need a work/life balance in order that we can come back to work fresh and ready to go. It not only recharges our batteries so we can work another week, but it also stimulates our creativity so we can look at work differently and find and create new solutions.
Once you clear the cobwebs from your brain, you’re able to come back to whatever you were working on with a fresh perspective. How do you clear the cobwebs?
You can also read more about how play connects you to creativity in How to Tap Into Your Creativity Part I and in Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun.