100 things

Friday, 19 November 2010   |   Creativity Challenges

100 observationsThere is so much detail in the world around us.  Most of it goes un-noticed however.  We learn to block most of it out so we can focus on what we perceive to be the most important.  There can be so much beauty and potential in what we miss.

For this weeks challenge we are going to practice opening ourselves up to all that is there.

This challenge comes in two parts.


Part 1

Visit your local shopping center,  take a pen and notepad with you.  Find a good quiet place to sit but make sure you're not in an out of the way place.  Now you need to write down 100 observations you have.  These observations can be anything.  It may be certain people walking past,  it may be an odd pattern on the floor,  it may be the way the light casts interesting shadows,  sounds you can hear in the background etc.

Part 2

Grab yourself a spare hour and that same pen and notepad.  Lie down on the floor in your bedroom or living room etc,  somewhere you feel comfortable and won't be disturbed.  You are now going to make 100 observations about your ceiling.


What we are doing here is challenging your ability to observe in two distinctly different scenarios.  In the first one you are bombarded with detail.  In the second one you have very little.  Think about how that changed what you observed.  Which one was easier?  Did you start noticing things you missed before?  Did your mind start wondering?  Did you get inspiration for other ideas of projects?  Was it calming?


Remember to check back next Friday when our next Creativity Challenge will be released.

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