I’ve long been a fan of Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies. These are decks of cards, each card containing a simple message, idea or question designed to “jog your mind” and overcome creative blocks. I find them very handy for everything from composing music through to marketing websites and writing blog posts. Example strategies include:
- Retrace your steps
- Are there sections? Consider transitions
- Emphasize the flaws
While there’s nothing quite like using the actual cards, there’s a great way to access the Oblique Strategies on your Mac – and that’s using this handy widget. It contains the strategies from all four decks, letting you instantly access a random strategy with the click of a mouse. Perfect for those occasions when you’re stuck for inspiration!