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  • Writer's pictureAlison Conigliaro-Hubbard

From Monotony to Innovation: Strategies to Energize Creativity in a WFH World

🌟 How do you cultivate environments that foster your creativity and empower you to tackle challenges head-on?

I came upon this insightful post from a fellow coach, and it got me thinking about the profound impact our physical surroundings can have on our creative energy. 

In an era where working from home has become the norm, the monotony of the same four walls and familiar faces on Zoom can stifle innovation. Over the last few years, I have developed a habit of noticing my energy and negotiating choices with myself, just to make sure I am connected to my own creativity!

After decades working with large global teams, as a new entrepreneur, I've experienced the palpable sense of being trapped when confined to a single space for too long. It hampers my creativity, impedes ideation, and restricts the free flow of energy – qualities crucial for success.

Perhaps you can relate; the love for your significant other is unwavering, but a bit of distance does make the heart grow fonder. Breaking the routine becomes essential. A nature walk on the mountain where I live often helps, but at times, even that seems like too much of the same.

So, how do I break free and invigorate my creativity? Here are some strategies ranging from the simple to the dramatic:

🌞 Change scenery by moving to another room with natural light – a subtle shift that can work wonders.

🧘 Daily meditation and yoga to infuse positivity through deep breathing and positive mantras.

🔥 Spa time with an infrared sauna session under red lights – a sanctuary for cultivating new ideas.

☕ Relocating to a coffee shop, immersing in a different environment surrounded by diverse sights and sounds.

🌊 Escaping for the rejuvenating power of the ocean, especially as I prepare for the Big Sur Half-Marathon in April.

🎶 Seeking out the vibrant energy of live music through a spontaneous live concert! (A less pricey version can be turning up the music and creating your own 'kitchen festival')

🌎 Taking short getaways to immerse myself in new surroundings, diverse cultures, and break free from the Bay Area bubble. (I head to Carmel, Southern California, or New York for long weekends when I need a fast change of scenery)

Curious to know what bold move I recently made to further stimulate my creativity this year? Stay tuned for one of my next posts!

Now, over to you - when you find yourself stuck, stagnant, or in need of a creativity boost, what strategies do you employ to shake things up by transforming your physical environment? Let's spark a conversation and share ideas! ✨ 

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