First off, I apologize to the confused people that landed on this page looking for tips on new things to try with your significant other. But, so you don’t feel cheated, try using some candles or something next time you do the dirty. You’re welcome.
Now, when it comes to creativity, people do anything they can for that next great idea. Deep breathing exercises, group brainstorms, silently pleading with your brain to cooperate just this once. When it comes down to it, that spark of creativity is elusive but necessary. That’s why every person needs that go-to spot where the ideas cascade out of the mind like a waterfall.
So what is that place? I can’t really tell you. It’s different for everyone.
Personally, I do my best writing when I’m sitting in my bed. Hell, I’m writing this post from my bed right now. There’s just something about sitting there in silence with my head against the metal frame of my bed that just puts me in my zone. It came from my college days when we’d be watching our 8th episode in a row of Chopped and I’d have to say, “Guys, no more Chopped, I gotta actually get some work done,” and I’d shut myself in my room and sit on my bed to work.
(Side note: Wouldn’t it be weird if each person’s creative spot was genetically hard-wired into them? Like it was a really specific spot. “Sorry guys…I’ve got to go to that Chuck E. Cheese down the street. I have no idea why, I just get creative there.”)
It’s all about finding what works for you, and there are four general rules you should stick with when discovering your area:
Somewhere easily accessible:
You should really be able to get to your place whenever you need to. It shouldn’t be a Roman Catholic church located in a foreign country. We’re not all millionaires, so think of a place you are generally near each day.
A place free of distractions:
Distractions is a loose term in this construct. For some, music can be distracting. For others, music is what turns the gears. You know what distracts you. Get away from whatever that may be.
A relaxing place:
Again, what is relaxing to some might not be chill for others. One of my friends swears he feels more relaxed when he’s sitting in a loud restaurant. That completely baffles me, but it works for him, and that’s all that matters.
Where your best ideas have usually come:
I cheated by saving this one for last. After a while, you tend to notice where your moments of inspiration come from. Once you’ve consciously realized where this place is, go there once a day to think so you can condition your mind to associate that place with creativity. That’s why I like having my bed as my creative place. I always lay there an hour before bed, I’m in it for 8 hours and I wake up in it. Lots of time for creativity. And no, I’m not winking when I type out “creativity.”
Some of the reoccurring places I’ve heard over the years are: Showers/baths, beds, public transportation, your car, a porch, a bar. Those are the popular ones, so if you’re struggling to find a place then just give those a go.
Superman had the Fortress of Solitude. Bill Gates had his garage. Where will your place be? Let me know in the comments. Let’s see if you’ve got a place I haven’t heard before.