As this has been a very busy month, I’ve had to get my inspiration quick and on-the-go. What are some ways you get inspiration and improve your practice on-the-fly when life gets hectic? Here are some techniques that work for me:
1. Seek inspiration anywhere and everywhere
The other day I was at the museum with my 2 year old daughter. While sitting down she handed me a book – How to be an explorer of the world. It had some different and interesting perspectives. Although the book was targeted to the parallels between art and science, I could see a lot of parallels with instructional design and my own learning.
Here’s a page I found particularly intriguing:
Inspiration can be found everywhere.
2. Choose a focus and examine that focus everywhere
Inspiration and learning doesn’t only come during work hours or in the work place it can be anytime and anywhere. Inspiration can be grabbed while on the run.
I find it useful to have a specific focus. For example, if I wanted to improve my choice and use of fonts in elearning design, I would study fonts everywhere I go. I would look at places surrounding me and how fonts are used on websites, signs, marketing posters, products, tv adverts and elsewhere. What techniques are being used to gain attention, create emotion, and draw the audience into reading the text?
This technique could be used for focusing on other areas of elearning design e.g. storytelling, developing personality in characters, use of colour, creating realistic environments, just to name a few.
3. Be deliberately unfocused
This is the opposite technique as the previous one. This is where you would choose to be deliberately unfocused and instead let inspiration find you when your brain is resting. These are the moments of clarity that we have when we’re relaxed and our brain has switched off. Have you ever solved a problem while you’ve been sleeping?
Below are some instructions from How to be an explorer of the world to help achieve an unfocused state, why not give it a try?
What are some ways that you grab quick inspiration? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Follow me to hear more of mine.