In the midst of a start-up as leaders we are pulled in so many directions. We find ourselves putting out fires, keeping fires from starting, and even intentionally starting some fires! The paperwork, the lack of sleep, the juggling -- my brain feels as fried as those first three months of my daughter's life.
Yes, at no other time has my creativity been so needed. In decisions, in problem solving, and in scenario development.
So -- how do you keep your creative juices flowing?
1) Nutrition. Fill your diet with "brain foods" and real green tea. Green tea is known for tension-relief, which is good to keep your ideas flowing and free from clouded judgements.
2) Open spaces. Don't lock yourself up in an office or a confined room. Let your mind breathe.
3) Stay social and stay active. Fill your day with fun social activities to keep your mind clear.
Those are my top three :)
In my opinion, there are two things that make you creative:
Sleep, eat, socialize, watch interviews of successful startup entrepreneurs on This Week In Startups podcast, and read blogs and newspapers.
Fight for your creative time. With all the stuff going on, there's always the tendency to get mired in operations and be the hamster on a wheel. You just have to fight for your "idea time," because presumably, that ability to have ideas and figure out how to execute them got you into the game in the first place. You're going to have to look at your tasks and actively decide to not do a few things. And you'll be better for having done so.
Take care of yourself. Nutrition is extremely important as well as adequate rest.