Alex Cornell asked 25 artists and creators how they overcome creative block. Most responses suggested listening to music, reading, getting out of the office, writing, sketching, and so forth, but Michael C. Place, founder of graphic design studio Build, offered something different – step by step instructions for cooking a meal:
The solution to a problem–
Slice and chop 2 medium onions into small pieces.
Put a medium sized pan on a medium heat with a few glugs of Olive oil.
Add the onions to the pan, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Now the important problem solving part–
Take the plates & pans to the sink.
Run a mixture of hot and cold (not too hot) water.
Add a smidgeon of washing up liquid (preferably for sensitive skin).
Start washing up, the mundane kicks in.
The mind clears and new thoughts and ideas appear.
Enjoy a second glass of wine to savour the moment.
I like this because it really answered the question. By the time I finished reading it, I realized that my mind was clear too.