Lifted straight from my notes on a book about creativity called Imagine, by Jonah Lehrer.
Take a hot shower
be in a good mood (insight is more likely to occur to an optimist.)
work at not giving a fuck—leave the mind
approach a task as an outsider with a fresh perspective
travel (see above)
wait a long time before redrafting a manuscript. Time off gives you an outsider’s perspective.
learn about fields that have nothing to do with what you’re studying.
work with other people that you are familiar with—but not too familiar. That in-between is the sweet spot for creative collaboration
new ideas often come from random conversations with other people
a book is like a conversation
ride a bike around in a city
spend time in cities. Bigger cities foster bigger creativity.
develop a large social network, network and collaborate
constructive criticism works
work in close physical proximity with collaborators. At the same table is ideal.
plan unplanned conversations
bad poets borrow, great poets steal
to succeed once, fail a bunch
ART IS WORK.
grit—sticking with it, is a bigger factor than anything else.
creativity takes chutzpah
80% of success is showing up