It is the time of year when school gets out for summer and parents are looking for things to keep their children busy. If you are a parent with kids of school age, which I am, you can’t help but get into discussions with other parents about summer activities. These activities center in three areas, free time at home, camps, and vacations. All three of these areas can give us insight into how to be more innovative.

Kids with free time often play a lot. Play is a good thing. Play can be creative and use a lot of imagination. This time can also be wasted in the house staring at the TV and other noncreative activities. But for children and adults, taking time to do creative unstructured activities can increase our ability to exercise our imagination.

The number of different types of camps is amazing. There are music camps, church camps, sports camps, education camps and old fashion camp camps. What most of these camps have in common is that they are experienced based. These experiences can be very valuable. Edison put it this way, “You cannot put a price on the knowledge gained by children when they are allowed to see something with their own eyes, such as a cocoon breaking open and a butterfly emerging.” As innovators, we need to take the time to have experiences that expand our world and our ability to find creative solutions to our problems.

Vacations are often the highlight of summers for children and adults. Everyone Innovate your Summergets an opportunity to get way from what they normally do and try something new. Sometimes it is relaxing, and sometimes it is an adventure. Often it is a new experience where you can see or do something you have never done before. “In regard to things I have never seen before, I would rather examine something myself for even a brief moment rather than listen to somebody tell me about it for two hours,” Edison stated. He often took vacations to see and experience new things. We can take from this the importance of getting away from the ordinary. Often finding time to relax and have different experiences is just what we need.

So here are three ideas that we can take from summertime that will make you more creative. They might be what you need to find success in you innovation.

  1. Create free time when you can play and use your imagination.
  2. Take time to experience new things.
  3. Get away from your routine and take a vacation.

This Blog was originally posted June 3, 2015