On to part two of the advice I got from the Lehrer lecture, the lesson was daydreaming.
Lehrer suggested taking twenty minutes a day and just zoning out. Of course, he also included the important detail of not daydreaming while a) a work or b) in class.
Daydreaming recharges creativity. Simple as it sounds, I really needed to be told to daydream. The first few weeks of the semester had me stressed, so being reminded that just zoning out and letting my mind wander is good for me. Nay, great.
I’m sure the Swiffer people daydreamed a bit.
Wandering away (physically or mentally) is a good way for me to recharge, slip away, and come back with ideas for plots, characters, and just feeling more relaxed. The state of “chill” works wonders. When I daydream, sometimes good stuff pops into my head. Its when I’m most relaxed (except for when right before falling asleep…and that’s when I do most of my writing), and that’s when my best ideas show up.
I just need to remember to actually set time aside and daydream.