Take some time to tinker this holiday break.
You can tinker with objects or ideas. What counts as tinkering? Two simple rules:
- What you're doing is not heavily structured.
- You have no particular goal in mind — tinker with a "Let's see what happens" attitude.
As I've spoken about at length, ideas rarely come when you're feeling pressure (internal or external). The idea is to relax both your body and brain, create a sense of safety and space to let your mind wander.
That's when a sort of "conceptual shuffle play" can take place, and breakthroughs can happen.