Question: How can leaders carve out time/space for creative thinking each week?
"Get out of the office and into nature, engage in a hobby or just go to the grocery store. Raise your head up to experience the world while you're in it. The world has so much to offer you creatively -- if you're open to it. But it won't present your best ideas to you while you're on the computer or at your desk. It will present them while you are away from the grind. So, give yourself space."
Wake Up Early
"At the beginning of a day, all the responsibilities of work can have a very strong gravitational pull. It's usually hard to break away once you engage. Waking up early and taking time to meditate, write and think of creative ideas is a great way to avoid the inertia of your work because, chances are, no one is trying to contact you at that time."
Put an 'Hour of Power' in Your Calendar
"One of the secrets to carving out time for creative thinking and goal setting is by physically scheduling it as a reoccurring weekly event on your calendar. I call it my "Hour of Power," which takes place on Sunday evening, and I haven't missed it in four years."
Timebox It Every Week
"The only way that's worked for me is putting a three-hour time block on my calendar every week and sticking to it. That's easier said than done, but a way to make it even more real is to communicate it openly to your team and encourage them to do the same!"
Draw It Out
"Take out a big sheet of paper and simply draw out all your ideas for an hour per day or week. Don't use a computer. Feel free to draw pictures of words or branch out tree limbs filled with every problem -- business or personal -- you have. By drawing out your ideas, you can find hidden solutions from your subconscious. Collect these papers, and review them regularly."
"Me and my creative team go on walks for 10 to 15 minutes every day. We like to refer to these as "walkies," and everyone in the office knows that it's time to drop everything and go for a walk. Around half the time we are just talking about our lives and getting to know one another better. The other half of the time, we have the best creative thoughts. Our best ideas have come out of these walks."
Make It a Priority
"Schedule weekly recurring blocks in your calendar to keep creative thinking a high priority by either working alone or with others. Working alone can be very productive, and collaborating with colleagues or professionals from different industries is a great way to absorb new perspectives. I schedule these sessions three mornings a week and consider it a win when one or more yield results."