Stop and Smell the Roses
The best time to reconnect with your imagination is on a weekend or a day off from work, when there's nothing to be done but take naps after breakfast, watch E! True Hollywood Story marathons, and catch up on the classics of Western literature.
We all use our creative thought processes to put out fires on the job and plan outings with friends, but only poets and writers channel their creativity into the written word on a daily basis. Think of your creativity as a muscle. If you haven't stretched it in a while, it may be a little stiff at first, but eventually it will run smoothly.
Pull up a window seat and savor your breakfast coffee without the TV or radio. Take in the architecture, follow the goings on of pedestrians as they mill about your intersection, watch your neighbor's kid mow the lawn. Listen to the sounds around you — the bees buzzing, the birds chirping, the cars honking, the sirens blaring. Whether your aural landscape is a bucolic dream or a big city cacophony, your task is to pay attention and find the beauty in it.