How to Get Creative (and out of task mode)

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Spark Your Own Creativity

When our daily routines are geared toward barrelling through a to-do list, it can be hard to set the right conditions for creativity. Fortunately, there is a time-tested approach — that is also quite simple — for generating creative ideas.


  1. First, gather raw materials in your area of interest. This could mean anything from articles you’ve been meaning to read to the browser tabs you’ve left open on your computer.
  2. Then, spend time digesting the material — and looking for connections. Fill in small index card with notes, as if you’re trying to solve a puzzle. Shuffle between the physical cards looking for patterns and themes.
  3. Then — and this is the most important part — do nothing. Find a way to disengage your mind to allow unconscious processing, whether that’s by taking a walk, listening to music, watching a movie, or even taking a shower. This may not feel like tangible work but clearing some head space will make room for the ideas to come.

This tip is adapted from “Don’t Let Your Obsession with Productivity Kill Your Creativity,” by Bruce Daisley

The Author

Leanne Abraham helps leaders and teams reach higher levels of performance. She supports teams as an executive team coach, facilitator, trainer, and advisor. She and her team also help organizations find and retain the right people through her 4 Phase Executive Search and New Leader Integration Solutions.

Leanne serves clients throughout the US and Canada, ranging in size and industry. She is a certified executive coach and team coach (EMCC, ICF); has completed extensive training with The Birkman Method, the Adizes Institute, Tony Robbins coaching, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC), and the Global Team Coaching Institute (GTCI). Leanne is an avid reader, aspiring author, student of servant leadership, mother of 2, and loves hockey. She recently completed her team coaching practicum under David Clutterbuck and will begin her senior practitioner work in 2023 with the GTCI.

If you are looking to elevate your team, your leadership, or your career, please contact Leanne at Leanne@premierehire.com or book a no charge consult through the Premierehire website.

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