So you know how when you go on vacation - it feels so delicious, you were immersed in the unscheduled-ness of the day, the new sights, new people, new sensations, new food and new paths. Even the feeling of coming home feels so good. When you settle back into your routine, it can feel like a let down. Your brain was responding to all these new impressions, it was basically like being on a high. So, when you find yourself coming down from time away or getting caught up in rote - go back to that place in your memory bank and think of what it feels like to be on a holiday. When you stay in that feeling, you can feel like your on vacation right now. If you don't have time off from work, do things like take your work to the park or a coffee shop. If you can't get out of your work space, convince others to share in the fun by sharing a good lunch together, telling some stories or throw a ball around to each other from your desks. Be creative! In your time off, get an ice cream, take a walk with someone special, lounge in your house or backyard and read a book. But do it like your pretending you're on vacation. Even if it's just for a short time, do it. Get into the feeling of it.
We saw all these animals in such spontaneous moments and I purposefully wrote them down so I would draw them later when I got home. I got away from my desk and all my fancy tools, grabbed my pencil and dove into my sketchbook. I got into drawing every single animal I wrote down and allowed in the feeling of time expansion - just like when I travel.