I found this lecture really enlightening, and grinned from ear-to-ear while watching it. (The original article is on Brainpickings.org) I've applied Cleese's five factors unconsciously many times. Those are always the times I've had the most fun and produced the best work.
John Cleese is brilliant, and what he says can be applied to any creative field. See if you agree.
- Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)
- Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)
- Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)
- Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)
- Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)