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Three ways to unleash creativity over the holidays

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Recently, I was speaking with a prospect in France.

We were discussing a writing project.

When I asked about the deadline, I expected him to say either 24 hours or 48, but definitely before Christmas.

Instead, he stated that December 31 would be fine. He then wished me happy holidays.

I was somewhat shocked. No crisis? No need for copy before Christmas Day? No rush? No bustle? Was this France’s famous 35 hour work in action?

I don’t think so. The man is an entrepreneur and was online past 10 p.m. and by 7 a.m. the next morning.

All I know is that I found his attitude and sense of planning very refreshing. Instead of pounding out some copy, I actually had time to think and reflect on it. During a walk, while sipping a coffee and looking at the sea, I suddenly had a stream of creative ideas.

There’s a lot of evidence that taking a break is good for body and soul. But could it also be good for business? And if it is, how do you take a rest and tap into your own creative energy?

Get to know your right brain

Tapping into your creativity doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Think simplicity.

  1. Take a walk

The benefits of exercise are endless. Less stress. More blood to the brain. Maintaining a healthy weight. But what about just taking the time to let the mind wander? This is a great way to come up with creative solutions to business problems.

  1. Take a bath

Not a shower, but a bath. Adding candles, scent, essential oils or other additives can enhance the mood. If there isn’t time for that though, just 15 minutes in warm water can help you tap into your creativity. Agatha Christie plotted out her novels in the tub while eating apples.

  1. Turn off

According to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’s annual Internet Trends report, the average person checks their phone 150 times a day. That’s a lot of distraction and time you could use to do absolutely anything else. Why not turn off the phone and schedule some time for yourself? Even if it’s just for a few hours or a few days. No one needs to be available 24/7.

How do you recharge yourself? Do you take time off over the holidays?



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