Creative-thinking

5 Ways To Stay Creative

Creativity doesn’t have to take too much extra time out of your day. In fact, the opposite is true – it can help you find quicker and easier paths in any area of your life. I invite you to take a break from your busy routine for a few minutes, turn off your autopilot and turn on your genius. Choose one of these simple ways to stay creative and let’s get started.

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1. Spend time offline

It’s great to have information about anything at your fingertips, but if you’re constantly consuming information, your creative genius doesn’t get a chance to have its say. Make it a habit to unplug regularly. There’s a reason why people often get ideas in the shower or when they’re taking a walk and not in front of the computer screen.

2. Do something new

Sign up for a new class. Read a book you wouldn’t normally read. Take a different route to work. It will take you out of your autopilot mode and encourage your mind to make new connections.

3. Dance

Put on some music you love and allow your body to move without judging how you look. If you simply move in a spontaneous way, it’s as if your mind also frees up from restrictions and set patterns.

4. Talk to people

To allow new ideas in, keep an open mind and be interested in others. Deep listening can help you see how another person’s perspective relates to your own problems. Or you can ask others for help with your challenges and often it’s best to ask people outside of your normal circle (being online is great for that) – then you will get completely unexpected ideas.

5. Draw your challenge

Are you struggling with a decision? Trying to solve a problem at work or at home? What if you drew your challenge? Try imagining what it would look like if it was a place or an animal, or just let your hand move. It doesn’t matter if your drawing doesn’t look like anything, this is just a way to connect with a part of your brain that you may not usually use and see your challenge from a new perspective.

Don’t stick to just one of these activities or it will turn into your new habit. Instead, try all of them at different times and always be on the lookout for new ways to stay creative. Not only will you be able to use your creativity to improve your life, you’ll have a lot more fun, too!

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February 19, 2015

Where To Find Great Ideas

We often fall into the trap of believing that a unique idea should be entirely our own. We sit in front of our blank screen or notebook, browsing our brains for worthy thoughts and finding nothing. Even if we spot a thought that seems interesting, we start wondering. Is it new? Is it different enough? Or are we just remembering something we read in the paper a couple of weeks ago?

This is not how the human brilliance is supposed to work. For thousands of years each generation has been building on the knowledge and experience of those before them. Next time you’re looking for a great idea for your work, home improvement or creative project, take advantage of something that’s already been created and add your own unique spin to it.

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Improve on someone else’s idea

If an idea already exists to address your challenge, have a look at it. What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? How would you improve on it? If you don’t know, who could you ask?

Adapt an idea from another field

If there’s something you like in a different area than the one you’re working in, there’s probably a way to adapt it to solve your challenge. For example, you’re in the middle of a home improvement project and you see a photo of your friend’s kids playing in the park that catches your eye. Maybe, you could use the colour palette. Or, if it’s the smiles of the playing kids that attracted, you could use your own kids’ photos for your project. Or you may be looking at the interesting angle the playground equipment makes – how can you use it in your interior design?

Combine two (or more) ideas

You can create something new by taking the best features from several different ideas (related or unrelated) and dropping all the features that you don’t like.

Brainstorm with others

I’ve been participating in a brainstorming project for my blog and I’m finding it fascinating how other people’s ideas can supercharge my own. Even when someone has no knowledge of your area or doesn’t understand what you’re asking and their response seems unrelated, it can send your thought into a completely new direction.

Collaborations with others can also help us realise that what we think is boring and mundane (because it’s something we’ve been thinking for a long time) is completely new and useful to someone else.

Great ideas are everywhere around us. Don’t be afraid to reach for them and use them as fuel to build your own.

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October 8, 2014

7 Easy Ways To Boost Your Creativity

Where are all the great ideas when you need them? If you find yourself stuck, looking for a new solution or simply bored and craving something new, here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.

Lower your standards

You may be thinking here, “Really? How am I going to get better ideas if I keep the bar low?” Imagine you wanted to paint, but you’d only do it if you were guaranteed to paint a masterpiece. You’d never even start! On the other hand, if you just got started, your painting skills would improve overtime and you’d eventually create your masterpiece. The same concept applies to creative thinking. You need to start somewhere. Sometimes you’ll get lucky immediately. But more often you’ll tweak, change, improve and combine your not-so-great ideas before you come up with something truly useful.

Ask different questions

Your ideas are a direct response to the questions you’re asking yourself. So if you’re stuck, try looking at your challenge differently and exploring new questions. Why is it a challenge? Is there something else you need to solve first? How can you make your challenge smaller? Bigger? More fun? More beautiful? How can you simplify it? What if you painted it blue?

Change your settings

Another way to see your challenge from a new angle is to change your physical environment. Re-decorate your room, go to another room or, even better, go outside, to the park, the local library or a café. What do you notice from your new viewpoint?

Pretend you’re someone else

What would Leonardo da Vinci say if he was presented with your challenge? What about Albert Einstein? Imagine what the world would look like if you were them and notice if anything different comes to mind.

Share your ideas

Often we keep our ideas to ourselves because we’re afraid of being criticised. Sure, we avoid potential criticism, but we miss out on valuable feedback from others. Sometimes just one phrase or suggestion from a friend can set you on a whole new trail of thought that can lead to an unexpected conclusion.

Walk away

When you feel like you’ve spent hours on a challenge and you’re not making any progress, it’s time to walk away and do something completely different. Your subconscious mind will be working on your behalf while you’re meditating, playing with your kids or taking a bath. Be sure to have a notebook handy to capture the new ideas when they arrive!

Play and have fun

Play engages your imagination, reduces stress levels and helps your ideas flow freely. You’re less likely to sensor and discard what you come up with as useless. Instead, your childlike curiosity will lead you to examine your ideas closely and seek new connections.

Do these suggestions sound too easy to be effective? Put them to the test!

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By Tatiana Apostolova

June 16, 2014