This is a story on how I tried to boost my creativity by being spontaneous, it started several years ago, probably more than 10 years ago. It was back in the days when I was a student.
I spent most of my days reading books and writing papers. I got up in the morning, at apx. the same time every single day. I ate apx. the same breakfast, I read the same newspaper (well, a new edition every day), I walked to the bus stop at apx. the same time every single day, and so on…
I think you get my point. My life was routine, it was nothing exciting happening. I was reading, I was writing, and sometimes during the weekends I went to a party or out to a restaurant or whatever. The weekends were not that routine, at least not compared to the rest of the week.
One day when I was on the bus, barely awake, looking outside sort of wandering into my own world, I got an idea.
Why not just get off at the next stop? Even though it was nowhere near the University. Why not just get off and walk the last part? It would be something I had never done before, it would be something exciting. I would see places, houses, people and a part of town that I hadn’t seen before. Well, I had seen it, but just from inside the bus.
I did it. I got off and started walking.
That day was a day that I will never forget. It was a day of spontaneous creativity.
You might think that it sounds weird, but by getting off the bus at that place and then walking to the University did something to me. My thoughts was all over the place, I got so many interesting ideas and it helped me a lot during the studies.
I still do it.
… but only once in a while, because it has to be an act of pure spontaneous behavior.