Woody Allen's Shower Hack to Master Creativity

Get Out of a Creative Rut – Woody Allen’s Shower Hack to Master Creativity

Lately, I’ve been studying daily habits and routines—rejigging my own in the process.

So, after a few “habit experiments”, I thought it wise to revisit the book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, which distills routines of prolific and admirable people such as Pablo Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mark Twain, Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, Jane Austen, and Anne Rice, just to name a few.

Anyways. It was Woody Allen who stood out.


Because of this passage:

“When he’s not shooting a film, most of Allen’s creative energy goes toward mentally working out the problems of a new story. This is the hard part; once he’s satisfied with the story elements, the writing itself comes easy (and the filmmaking is mostly a chore). But to get the story right requires ‘obsessive thinking,’ Allen has said. To keep from getting stuck in a rut, he’s developed a few reliable tricks.”

Interesting eh?

It’s interesting Allen is consciously aware his creativity needs to percolate.

So then, what habit can you use to get your creative juices flowing (for a big idea or project?)

Do you have creativity habits? Does your team?

Now, let’s pretend.

Let’s pretend instead of anecdotes, Daily Rituals was written by your personal mastermind, with the prelude, “If you do exactly what we tell you, until you find out that we’re lying to you, or we don’t know what we’re talking about, you’re going to end up a big winner…”

With that in mind, Woody Allen goes on to tell you your creative energy should go toward mentally working out problems—prior to jumping into work (writing, coding, designing, etc.)

In other words, you learn from Allen you have to develop a habit that helps your creativity percolate.

In the book, Allen shares his habit:

If I go up and take a shower it’s a big help. […] This sounds so silly, but I’ll be working dressed as I am and I’ll want to get into the shower for a creative stint. […] I’ll stand there with steaming hot water coming down for thirty minutes, forty-five minutes, just thinking out ideas and working on plot.”

And, there you go.

Now, three tongue-in-cheek questions for ya…

  • You ever (consciously) use your shower as a creativity hack?
  • Do you think Woody Allen Creativity Showers will help you and your employer? (If so, ask your boss to install a shower next to your desk.)
  • If proved more effective, would your team be open to Woody Allen Creativity Showers over mundane brainstorming meetings? Why or why not?

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