Inspiration for work for me lately has come from coloring. Yep, a childhood pastime using adult coloring books. That’s right, it’s actually a thing and not even close to what some of you are thinking right now.
For several years I’ve occasionally revisited favorite childhood activities such as coloring, blowing bubbles, jigsaw puzzles, as a way to ease stress. One day I was telling a stressed coworker about coloring and she sent me a link to a book for adults on Amazon— sort of jokingly. I decided to buy it to see if it would really work better than my Dora the Explorer coloring book since it claimed the patterns were specifically for stress.
I made three rules for myself:
- I don’t have to finish a page or the book if I don’t want to.
- It doesn’t have to be color coordinated. (That’s a tough one for me.)
- It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Once I started coloring patterns, something specific happened; It helped me make a breakthrough in work I was doing at my job. The patterns were helping me make connections between related concepts, and then organize and categorize concepts and topics.
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