Give in to creative solitude to get unstuck

As a creative being (yes, you), what happens when you get stuck? Do you give up? Or do you give in? By giving in, do you stop and allow your mind to wander? Strange and wonderful things happen when you allow yourself this simple pleasure.

Perhaps best known for his poetry, American writer Carl Sandburg called creative solitude “one of the greatest necessities in America.” You don’t have to be a “creative professional” to be creative. As humans we all have the power of creativity that we can wield to solving problems at work, home, with our kids, and when we are at play. Leo Babauta explores the habits of highly creative people that we can learn from and use to get unstuck.

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A walk in the woods helped Charles Darwin hone his theories and prepare for his experiments. When Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) needed to get unstuck creatively, he often took an afternoon walk through his garden. Steve Wozniak invented the first Apple computer sitting by himself in his cubicle at Hewlett Packard. Even Moses, Jesus, and Buddha are said to have gone off to be alone, returning to bring profound insights back to the community.

Anyone who has kids knows that when we are quiet, we can accept clear thinking about what we know and value. Parenting is about solving problems creatively. Take a minute or two to sit and breathe, or take a short walk, or just play. When you return to your work, kids, or family, apply some of the tips in the following fun little infographic to get yourself unstuck.

How to Break Out of a Creative Rut
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