Feeling stagnant or slovenly? It’s probably just your mind ready for a good spring cleaning after yet another month with a chocolate holiday. About now, I’m inspired to embrace three strategies to bring a new outlook and spark creativity. Maybe you’ll join this motivational speaker in her quest to refresh.
1. Observe. Riffing on a technique from the mindfulness movement (which advocates being aware of what’s going on in the present moment), I’m making an effort to switch from auto-pilot as I go about daily tasks and truly pay attention to my surroundings. Walking to the mailbox becomes an opportunity to notice the purple pansies blooming in my neighbor’s planter, and hear the sounds of the birds chirping and the dog next door yapping.
2. Daydream. You can’t always be mindful. Our human brain likes to drift. Allowing your mind to meander may produce a new idea or a solution to a vexing problem. Put down the smartphone, step away from the computer and let your mind wander. Let your body join in by going for a walk (or a run if you’re an overachiever :-)) I almost always return from a beach walk with an idea percolating.
3. Expand. Seek information from alternate sources and fields. Always read Huffington Post? Try mixing in FastCompany.com. Maybe you enjoy health-related sites. Instead, consider visiting some techie websites. Listen to a TED talk. Or two. We all get in ruts, have our favorite websites, news sources, blogs. By opening ourselves to differing opinions and viewpoints, we broaden our perspective. Who knows? You may discover a new site to bookmark.
Here’s to a spring filled with fertile ideas cultivated from observing, daydreaming and expanding. And it’s okay to indulge in a few chocolate Easter Eggs to maximize that spark!