I’ve been reading about clowning this week.
About how clowns become clowns.
Becoming a clown isn’t just about learning to do funny things, it’s much deeper than that.
There are many different types of clown. Some are confrontational, while others are passive. Some are sad and many are simply silly. They’re all uniquely entertaining, though.
One the articles I read talked about discovering the clown within. A creative environment plays an important role in this process. One that’s tailored for creativity — free from judgement and comparisons.
Anything expressed within the creative environment can’t be analysed or interpreted unless the individual allows it. Therefore, anything expressed has value, simply for being expressed. This helps the would-be clown escape their inhibitions.
It’s interesting stuff. Here’s the link if you’d like to read it: Looking For Your Clown…And Finding Yourself
It got me thinking about the importance of the workspace and how it impacts creativity.
Is where we work affecting how we work?
Maybe a few simple changes at home or in the office can help bring out the best in us?
I’ve yet to achieve the perfect workspace, but here are a few things that have helped me be more creative.
1. Facing away from the window. Natural light is important, but facing a window sets me off daydreaming.
2. Blues, greens and yellows. I owe this one to scientific research. Blues and greens promote calmness, while yellow is great for creativity. Simple things in these colours — notebooks, pencil holders, coffee mugs, etc. — does the trick.
3. Taking work on the road. Sometimes I like to work at the library or a coffee shop. Anywhere with Wi-Fi that’s away from the office really. I find that getting out once or twice a week makes a big difference to productivity and creativity.
4. Background noise. I find it impossible to work in complete silence. For a long time I used to work with music on in the background, but I found it a bit distracting. Then I stumbled upon this YouTube channel. I love it. It has a massive selection of relaxing white noise videos. Any kind of rain noise does the trick for me.
5. Decluttering. Clutter makes the workspace feel cramped and enclosed. I like to keep things looking spacious, although looking around my desk right now, I’m not doing a great job.
I’d love to hear your suggestions on how you set-up your workspace for creativity. You can reply to this email, or we can chat on Twitter.
Reading about clowning also got me thinking about finding your unique voice as a writer or brand. I’ve got some tips on that, but I’ll save those for next time. ;-)
Have a great week!
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