Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Creativity Tips: Trudeau is One Smart Man

Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau is taking a 12-week sabbatical. It's a well-deserved break, and I hope he's enjoying every second of the time off.

When Universal Press Syndicate President Lee Salem made the vacation announcement, he said Trudeau wanted to "regenerate a few creative cells" before the political conventions and general election.

We can't all take 12 weeks off. But we can learn a lesson from Trudeau: Let's give our brains a break. Here's an easy "sabbatical" approach that helps me -- I don't work on Saturdays. I don't write for clients, or do invoicing, or handle any of the 90 million jobs that go along with owning a company.

I started the one-day a week totally off approach at the start of the year. It took about a month for my brain to realize I was serious. Now, my week has a better rhythm. My work has a better rhyme. And I have time to catch up with Doonesbury online.

1 comment:

Angela Pritchett said...

My modest friend Jan failed to mention that she once interviewed Trudeau, and of course he found her as charming as we all do.

Gotta say I'm loving the candy wrapper wisdom.