Thought-provoking ideas about how to sustain creativity: "10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal." I've listed them and given you one in full so you get the idea. But you should check out the whole article.
- Take a Quarterly Vacation
- Hold a “Retrospective” After Projects
- Write Every Day
- Create an “Interesting People Fund”
- Keep “Tear Sheets” to Get Inspired
- Nap Every Day
- Envision What You Will Be Remembered For
- Brainstorm at the Bar
- Get Out of the Building
- Engage in “Morphological Synthesis”
One full example from #9 "Get Out of the Building"...
Radio host Garrison Keillor makes sure to get into the “observable world”:
I don’t think that one should sit and look at a blank page. The way around it is to walk around with scrap paper and to take notes, and simply to take notes on the observable world around you. If you walk into this room and see these great columns and think this was once a savings bank, you could put those two things together, and make some notes here – that would be the start of something.
I think everything – everything – starts with the observable world, and even though you may cut that out of your final go, nonetheless I think this is where it always starts, and with overheard conversations. There are a lot of conversations here that could be overheard, and you’re probably more likely to get them in the back of the room.