creativity

How To Stick To A Writing Schedule

The more you write the better you get at it. Whether you’re blogging for money or writing for yourself — perhaps for November’s NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month — here are some tips to develop a writing habit.


How To Take A Step Back At Work And Focus On The Big Picture

It’s easy to get lost in the weeds at work. While being heads down has its place, it’s equally critical to look up: to reflect on how things are going, to consider alternative strategies, and to ask yourself the hard, high-level questions. How can you take a step back and look at the big picture?


Why You Should Schedule Time To Let Your Mind Wander

Blocks are the worst enemy of any creative worker. German psychologist Wolfgang Köhler recommends working the proverbial bed, bath and bus into your routine to let your thoughts flow and beat creative blocks.


Indulge In A Child-Like Work Ethic To Discover Your Dream Job

“Kids” and “work” don’t tend to be words we associate with each other. However, kids do work on things. There’s just one criteria that separates them from adults: kids work on what they want to work on.


Isaac Asimov On Finding New Ideas: Embrace Your Alone Time

Isaac Asimov, the science-fiction author and essayist, had a pretty good grasp on creativity. Here’s one of his best tips on finding new ideas and nurturing creativity from one of his previously unreleased essays.


Break One Rule At A Time To Come Up With Better Ideas

When it comes to new ideas, breaking the rules is a great way to come up with something you might not have thought of otherwise. However, breaking too many at once can leave people dumbfounded. Pick a rule to break, and focus on how you can break it to improve the system.


Engage Your Audience With Your Idea By Leaving Room For Imagination

If you want your idea to spark engagement and grow, Harvard Business Review recommends leaving something out. This gives others the chance to develop unique interpretations and add to the idea.


Ask LH: How Can I Learn To Plot Before NaNoWriMo?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m a budding (not yet blossoming) fiction writer. By that, I mean I have really cool ideas whizzing around my noggin but am yet to put pen to paper or text to screen. To motivate myself I have registered for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Unfortunately, I’m having trouble formulating a plot structure and having it accessible and presented clearly.


Give Credit For An Idea To The Whole Group To Encourage Collaboration

Your ideas are special to you. You want to get credit for them. However, in many cases, trying to vie for credit on a big breakthrough only discourages collaboration down the road. Give the whole group credit and encourage them to work together more.


Balance Creative Work With Must-Do Tasks By Splitting An Hour 45-15

Unless you’re very lucky, chances are you have some work you want to do and some work you have to do. Break each hour into 45-minute and 15-minute slots to do your creative assignments and get through your must-do work items.