For me, the following are tried and true ways to squash my creative juices. Whether you are an artist, a mechanic, an accountant, or a farmer, creativity is imperative. You may have some of your own killjoys to add to the list. Please share some of the things you struggle with in this department.
1. Be unteachable and stuck in your ways of doing things. Be completely unwilling to step outside your comfort zone.
2. Mainline television, gaming, and screen time. Never shut the telly off and never set your cell phone aside for longer than two minutes, day or night.
3. Never get any fresh air or exercise.
4. Be as inconsistent as possible. Only work when you feel like it.
5. Do not learn how to listen to your inner voice that helps you know when to take a break.
6.Do not give your creativity a place of prominence in your every day. Be sure to let the minor things in life - there are hundreds of options - steal your precious time.
7. Do not eat properly or consistently. Make sure to let your blood sugar drop to all time lows because you're so into what you're doing.
8. Never keep to-do lists. Be totally unorganized and never stop to regroup. Do not review your to-do list every night before you go to bed, that way you can toss and turn all night wondering about it.
9. Do not, under any circumstances, keep a sketchbook, a journal, or a notebook for recording and developing ideas. Never take your sketchbook with you when you travel.
10. Do not keep your sketchbook, journal, or notebook by your bed; that way when you get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, and a good ideas strikes, you will have nowhere to write it down, therefore, you can have a restless sleep trying not to forget the good idea.
11. Do everything in your power to ruin a good night's sleep. Never get any sleep before midnight, and pull 'all-nighters' whenever possible.
12. Avoid spending time around other creative people. Be a loner and never ask for help.
13. Try hard to live in a state of chaos, one where you can never find your tools. Never clean up your living space.
Until next time.