Long time, no connect.
My fault–I’ve been finishing off the last days of my employment.
And now it’s back to reinvention…
I realize this is an old story for some of you…
…looking forward to more work on this blog.
Just a few days ago, I was told that I no longer met the unlisted qualifications for the 32 hour-a-week job which was now being reduced to 20 hours a week. Let’s see…12 fewer hours…to somehow do the same work my colleagues and I needed 32 hours to complete…which would require additional unlisted skills.
I’ll probably need my first couple of months just to figure that one out.
But it means that I’ll soon return to full retirement…
rather than the ‘retirement weekends’ I was taking.
And so I plan to redouble my efforts to reach folks who are/will be retired and who want to explore their own inclinations to write, paint, build, photograph, sculpt, design, wander, and find novelty in their daily lives.
This will include repeated reminders to ‘try new’. It is so easy to fall into routines that rob us of seeing opportunities to shake things up. Let’s face it–we’re at the stage where we should take nothing for granted, so if you have a chance to even try a spicy ketchup, a new walking route, or a different entree at Applebee’s [I’m making our lives sound pretty darned exciting, aren’t I?], then you should.
Let’s close with a round of Jeopardy:
I’m stealing yesterday’s post
for today’s post.
This guest post by Katie Tallo of Momentum Gathering can be found at https://writetodone.com
She compiled the list from a number of sources. A few favorites below…
- from Jacob Cass at Just Creative Designs: “Mindmap. Whether you use key words, images, colours, a hierarchy system, numbers, outlines, circles or random words, mindmapping gets your creative juices flowing.”
- from Steve Pavlina: “Architect a worthy challenge. If a task is too easy, you don’t need to be particularly creative, so your creative self will simply say, “You can manage this one without me.”
- from Alison Motluk: “Seek out creative company. The best ideas are forged not in moments of solitary genius, but during exchanges with trusted colleagues.” [Note: Austin Kleon calls this creative company a ‘scenius‘.]
Yesterday, I shared a quote from Albert Einstein about the power of irrational thinking.
In my search for a resource to support that quote, I ran across How to Become More Creative and Free Your Mind by Chad Grills.
Sure, I’ve heard and tried some of these techniques and strategies, but Grills does such a nice job of reframing these ideas, and adding new notions, that I immediately shared it with two groups and emailed it to three different accounts.
Along with books from Austin Kleon and Steven Pressfield, I would have to classify this post as a ‘creative touchstone’, a go-to resource I can return to for inspiration.
What are your creative touchstones? And if you don’t have any, launch a full-scale hunt right now! [Or at least after coffee and decadent treat.]
Thanks for reading and stay vigilant for opportunities to stretch your thinking.