Link:

[John Cleese on creativity.](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijtQP9nwrQA) Perhaps nothing earth shattering — make time and space and have confidence — but it is John Cleese telling you those things. What’s really useful is his suggestion that within the time you set aside for being creative you need to allow time for your brain to want to run away from the task at hand and that you have to be able to laugh. Solemnity is our enemy. (His definition of solemnity is worth the watch alone.)

By the way, one of the ways he advises you to give yourself permission to work is also to have a definite end time for your session, a time by which you will return to your life and let all those urgent things catch up with you.

*My thanks to my friend Liz for the heads up and the link.*