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Happy Holidays! Hope you will have time for a break to recharge the batteries.

A few weeks ago, I started reading a great book by Garr Reynolds: The Naked Presenter. The author turned my attention to a wonderful speech by John Cleese. Yes, the famous comedian. And this is not a speech about comedy but about creativity. One of the key thoughts that really struck me is the following:

“We don’t know where we get our ideas from. We do know that we do not get them from our laptops.” John Cleese

A simple but very powerful thought. Think about how much time we spend on our gadgets. We tweet, we blog, we chat, we email, we SMS. But do we truly spend enough time offline to spark our creativity?

John Cleese makes some additional excellent points:

  • We need to set time aside for uninterrupted thinking
  • We need to set ourselves boundaries: time & space
  • We need to be self-reflective

Folks, I highly recommend this short video! It has really made me think and I honestly found that I am not doing all too well with this stuff. There are periods when I get it right. Other times I just get lost in busy work (because it’s easy!).

Well, I have decided to take John’s advice and will take a break from technology over the holidays.

Wishing you a great start into the new year. Speak soon!