A little backstory: I recently led a workshop for adults on creativity. The primary message of that workshop was identical to what I tell my students: if you want to be more creative, you need to practice using your mind in non-routine ways. If you want to come up with new ideas, you need to abandon all your existing ideas and seek new ones. You need to play, basically, and give your brain an opportunity to make connections it’s unlikely to make during the routine work of the day. This post will give you some ideas on how to do that (if you need them).
Seven Easy Things to Do
A last word of encouragement: If you're ever stuck and feel like you don't know what to do next, choose one of these easy strategies. Any of them are a million times better practice than doing nothing at all, which is the default option for most of us.
The important thing to remember is that in order to get better at working in your notebook, you need to practice working in your notebook. The more you practice, the less you'll need to rely on this list, and the more you'll discover your own techniques for keeping your pencil and mind moving along.
Charlie Huette is a public school teacher who also keeps a notebook. He dreams about making school just a little less terrible. Many of the posts you find here are based on notebook entries. You can learn more about Charlie by visiting the about page.