Ten Ways to Routinely Break Your Routines – And to do it Vividly

  1. Hold a conversation with a new person everyday. Expand your world beyond people similar to you. Talk to people from other countries, other cultures or just try talking to the maintenance and cleaning people, the mail room staff. You’ll learn about ways of life and outlooks on life that are incredibly different from your own.
  2. Avoid wasting time. You have far too little. Don’t watch television. Yeah, I know, you mostly watch the history and science channels. People tell me that all the time. Turn the television off and go do something else. Anything else.
  3. Waste time. Relaxation frees the subconscious to connect the blocks of your Experiences and Knowledge. When you free your mind your subconscious has more power to bring in random thoughts or connect items that are not necessarily related to each other. Just don’t waste your time watching TV.
  4. Use lunch time.  Lunch is not just for eating, talking with friends, or running errands. Go to museums, new restaurants, new parks, try new foods. So many people waste this time (this writer could certainly do better) working at their desks or going to the same restaurant with the same people and eating the same food. New friends, foods and activities Enhance your life’s Experience and Knowledge.
  5. Read easy, fast books.  Read books from the Dummies series on subjects you have no use for. Even better, read children’s books; they’re faster. There are millions of subjects you could expose yourself to in just a few minutes each day with books like the Dummies series or children’s books. Another great way to learn about new subjects or refresh your Knowledge on subjects you learned about long ago is to help your children with their homework. I have had a refresher course in fundamental science and history by helping my children study for tests. I have accompanied the kids on school field trips, led a team of kids in dissecting a shark, even written a series of children’s short stories, all to take part in my children’s education.
  6. Play with building blocks. Remember Legos and Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs? The building challenges and the creation of something quickly and easily is both a puzzle solving exercise and an exercise that develops visualization skills.
  7. Create art and enter it into an art exhibit or write a short story and try to get it published. My guess, call it an educated guess, is that most of my readers can not even take this suggestion seriously. You have “No talent, time, tools, techniques, yada yada yada.” So I am going to approach this from a different angle — Idea developers need a thick skin along with a combination of tenacity and courage. This is a great exercise for building that tenacity and courage. So how about taking some of that tenacity and courage and give art a try? Carry a camera with you and capture some interesting scenes. Try sketching, or writing a short story. See what you get.
  8. Experience wider variety of music (I draw the line at 70s disco, however, and no amount of creative inspiration will cause me to cross that line). Thanks to the internet you can now listen to anything you can imagine and more. Search for Native American songs, popular or folk Indian music, and if you normally listen to American Pop then it’s time to try some jazz and classical.
  9. Change your schedule. If you normally arrive at work at 8 a.m. try 9 a.m. and 7 a.m. You’ll see your world differently, you’ll sense different emotions in the people you meet and hear different sounds. Try getting up with the sun and going outside to listen to the birds and feel the early morning breeze. It’s wonderful.
  10. Ask questions then question the answers. Question everything. Dig deeper into the initial answers and you’ll learn more. Challenge the answers and you’ll inspire new ways to think about the question.
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