Wake up your creative side

I've been finding way too many people out there who don't think that they're creative.

Creativity is just the practical application of our imagination. We all have an imagination and, at some point in our lives, we have all been creative. It's just really easy to fall out of practice and merge with the null.

Here's an activity for you. Go buy a small box of crayons and a pad of paper. Think of something that is accepted practice but you would like to change (i.e. your office's use of power point, “tps reports,” logic models). Now try to sketch out the problem, the solution, or the sticking point with your crayons.

Tip: use as many pieces of paper as you want and don't worry about the quality of the artwork.

If you're planning to do this, let me know in the comments. I would also love to see what you came up with.

Remember when you used to have crayons? Did you need training before using them?



  1. AnnKEmery on November 19, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Great post! I write my daily to-do lists in pink and purple crayola markers. It somehow awakens the inner middle schooler – the one who doodled, drew, and thought outside the box. She’s still in there, and it’s nice to lure her out with pink markers once in a while!

    • cplysy on November 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      @AnnKEmery I like it Ann.  There are plenty of creative things you can do with an ordinary ball point pen but I think there is something about changing the medium.  Especially adding some color.  You can’t help but not be boring when you write in pink crayola marker or blue crayon.