Thursday, 2 February 2012

Slow down dude


Time magazine reports that morning routines are creativity killers. If we value our good ideas or off the wall thought, then we should take our time, allow ourselves a little space before the daily pressures take hold. There are some suggestions too:-

So what would our mornings look like if we re-engineered them in the interest of maximizing our creative problem-solving capacities? 

We’d set the alarm a few minutes early and lie awake in bed, following our thoughts where they lead (with a pen and paper nearby to jot down any evanescent inspirations.) We’d stand a little longer under the warm water of the shower, dismissing task-oriented thoughts (“What will I say at that 9 a.m. meeting?”) in favor of a few more minutes of mental dilation. 

We’d take some deep breaths during our commute, instead of succumbing to road rage. And once in the office — after we get that cup of coffee — we’d direct our computer browser not to the news of the day but to the funniest videos the web has to offer.


Sam Vega said...

I always start with formal meditation, because it works best in the morning. I drive over the Sussex Weald, a beautiful experience marred by the nutcases who want me to exceed the speed limit because they got up too late. And then the office browser is usually pointed in the direction of Duff and your good self. That's why I'm so creative...

A K Haart said...

SV - years ago I cycled to work and found it perked me up because it was mostly country lanes I was cycling through with very little traffic.

A drive across the Sussex Weald sounds perfect.