Old School Methods Yield Fresh Results

As I sat in front of my computer struggling to express exactly what I wanted to share with you today, I realized that I might be more successful if I tried writing the old fashioned way.

Thus, I broke out a pencil and paper, and instead of sitting in front of my computer, I changed up my environment and began to write. And the words flowed wonderfully.

They flowed so well, indeed, that I decided that what came out wasn’t best shared today – but you’ll get to enjoy it later in an alternate manifestation.

What I do want to share with you is the lesson my experience evoked: the value of changing up your environment when trying to accomplish something that doesn’t seem to be happening – especially when that something happens to require creativity.

This is actually something I do all the time, though the pencil/paper approach was a new take on it. I’ve spoken before of my predilection for the beach in Hilton Head in the context of the value of rest and relaxation. One of the great things I love about the beach is its effect as a creative lubricant. My job involves a great deal of creativity, and I often do some of my most creative work at the beach. The environment isn’t the usual suited, office-furnitured, formal one of every day business, and that allows my mind to loosen and get creative with solutions and opportunities.

I suggest you employ similar approaches in your own life and business. When you find yourself facing a tough situation, a complicated problem or a stalled out day, don’t keep spinning your wheels. Try changing up your tools and your environment. Try bringing fresh perspectives into your conversations. Just don’t do the same old thing if the same old thing isn’t getting you anywhere.

How do you vary things to get the creative juices flowing?

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