September 16

Your environment matters. Yes, it’s true that a lot of brilliant creative work has been accomplished in miserable conditions, but that is more correlation than causation. (Who knows how much more brilliant work may have been accomplished if the surroundings were more amenable?) 

It’s easy to get stuck in place ruts as much as we get stuck in creative ones. We sit down at the same desk, with the same tools, drinking out of the same mug, doing the same tasks day after day and we wonder why we feel like we’re spinning our wheels. While it’s the job of the pro to perform under any conditions, when you have some latitude to make your environment better or more varied, you should do so when able.

Today, try something different. Maybe it’s taking your laptop to a park bench to work, or even just sitting in the lobby of your building. Or, maybe it’s re-organizing your office space so that you are seeing something different when you sit down. By changing your environment you shake your mind out of its comfortable ruts and can st  imulate new kinds of insights.

Be careful not to get stuck in “place ruts”. Shake up your environment to stimulate new kinds of creativity. 

Question:  How can you change up your environment today? 

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