Play is so crucial to creativity and generating new ideas, and yet so many creatives don’t give themselves any time for play. I hope you’re not one of them. Please don’t be one of them. But if you are, there’s always time to change. All you need to do is to take a time out, and go PLAY. Take a pen, and write it into your calendar. Right now. Yup, right now. I’ll wait…
Done? Have a self play-date on your calendar? So now you might be asking, “Play what? What am I scheduling here?”. Anything really. You can go out and play basketball for all I care. Just go out and be a kid again. Free yourself and your mind from all of the constraints you have put yourself into. Do something without rules, or worries.
How about some finger painting? If you’re a painter, and you allow yourself to just play with your paint once in a while instead of worrying if your peers will like it, it will set you free. It will explode your mind with inspiration. If you’re always focused on whether your work will be accepted, or trying to make it “perfect”, then you are stifling yourself to come up with original ideas. What’s worse, is that your rigidness will show in your work. You need to loosen up, and create from the heart. So take that time out to go and PLAY!
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