Stare Out the Window

Daydreaming is linked to creativity.

The greatest insights come when we stop trying to be so purposeful.

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Take a Nap

Dreaming is a source of inspiration because your brain is working even when you’re asleep.

If you can’t seem to break through your brainstorming session, take a nap.

People who are concentrating too hard will sometimes block the creative processes necessary for problem-solving.

A drink or two might just help calm your brain.

Listen to Music

Music can put you into a “mind-wandering” state that’s perfectly conducive to coming up with new and creative ideas.

Taking a shower is relaxing. It is also distracting, which helps your subconscious do its work. 

Go for a Walk

Walking increases creativity.

We don't need to use too much effort into walking, we just need to leave the mind free to wander.

Washing dishes mindfully by smelling the soap and feeling the shape of the dishes can increase mental stimulation.

Completing mindless chores gets you up and moving and helps make room for inspiration to flow.

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Tackle smaller tasks first

If you feel overwhelmed by how little you have progressed, switch to working on mindless tasks that require little attention and allow the mind to wander. Wash the dishes, organize your bookshelf, or do laundry. 

By accomplishing small wins, you develop momentum and confidence to overcome your mental block.

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Smaller Manageable Parts

Break the project you don't want to start into smaller pieces.

Breaking it down into small tasks and adding those to your to-do list isn't exactly fun, but it is less overwhelming than working. And it's also useful: When you finally do get around to starting, you've got a strategy.

Make sure you’re prepared at any time.

  • Find out when you’re relaxed, happy and distracted (because that's when creative thoughts are more likely to appear) and make a mental note of when that’s likely to happen.
  • Find a way to record the ideas that are sure to come.

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