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Creativity

Why It’s Okay To Cry At Work

Because sometimes you just need a good sob.

Study Finds Sarcasm And Booze Make You More Creative

I’m not snarky, I’m just getting my creative juices flowing.

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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Why Procrastination Can Be Good For You

If you’re like the rest of humankind, procrastination is probably something you’re familiar with. You put things off until the last moment, avoid taking important decisions and always promise yourself that you’ll start your new exercise routine on Monday. Then you spend hours feeling bad about it and reading articles on how to stop procrastinating. But procrastination doesn’t always need to be cured. In fact, it can be a useful tool for achieving your goals in a happier, more efficient way.

There’s a reason why you procrastinate

Procrastination usually happens because there are two (or more) opposing thoughts and emotions running through our brains. Even when we know that a project we’re working on will propel us forward in our career, we may be dreading the extra responsibility that will come with it or scared that we’ll fail. Or we may need to do a task because our boss told us so, but we find the task boring and completely ineffective for achieving the end result.  Or we push ourselves to get through our to-do list when our body is screaming, ‘Enough, I just need a break’.  Procrastination can be used as a barometer to uncover those hidden motivators and choose a better way of dealing with them.

Procrastination can make you more creative

If you find yourself procrastinating on a project that requires some level of creativity, it may be a sign that you’re not ready yet with the best possible solution. While you’re busying yourself with other, less important stuff, your subconscious mind is busy going through all possible options. You’ll feel renewed energy and inspiration once the calculations are complete. Usually having a deadline helps with this type of procrastination. If your mind knows that it has to be finished by a certain deadline, you’ll often find the solution floating up to the surface with just enough time to integrate it into your work.

Procrastination can make you help better decisions

If you’re procrastinating over an important decision, it probably means that you’re not completely happy with any of the options that you see for yourself at the moment. Instead of forcing yourself to just pick something, check with yourself what would make this decision easy for you. What would have to be true so that you could decide without hesitation? Just asking this question can reveal options that you were unaware of before, but can be much better for you.

Procrastination can be a sign that you’re over-committing

Are you always saying ‘yes’ even to requests that you don’t want to say ‘yes’ to and you can’t physically fit into your day? In that case, see what you can take off your plate and how you can stop over-committing in future.

Next time you find yourself procrastinating, instead of unleashing your inner critic, ask yourself why you’re procrastinating and how you can use what procrastinations is telling you to make progress, while staying true who you are and looking after yourself.

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By Tatiana Apostolova

5 Creativity Apps To Get Your Ideas Flowing

Are you refining your business idea or looking for a creative solution to an everyday problem? Here are a few apps to help you turn your mobile phone into a creative toolbox.

Ideas Blitz

This app is based on Ken Hudson’s speed thinking approach to creativity. It gives you two minutes to generate 9 ideas and it offers prompts when you get stuck. You can then save, enhance and share your ideas with others. I love the simplicity of this app, but the 2-minute challenge is a real stretch for my slow one-finger mobile typing. I’m getting better at it as I practice! This app is only available for iPhone.

Unleash Your Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity takes you through a process of generating ideas, refining them and then getting ready to present them to others. It can look overwhelming at first, but remember that you don’t need to use every single prompt from each section. You can just do a couple of the suggested activities to get your creative juices flowing. Available for iPhone.

SimpleMind

This is an easy-to-use mind mapping app to let your idea take a visual form. Mind mapping can be used in a variety of ways beyond idea generation – it can help you gain clarity, organise a presentation and learn easier. SimpleMind gives you access to different visual styles and unlimited page size. You map can be as big as you need it to be! Available for iPhone and Android

TED

Pablo Picasso said, ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal’. How can you adjust other people’s ideas to your own situation? Watch some of the best TED talks and let yourself be inspired. Available for iPhone and Android.

Evernote

Evernote lets you keep track of all your ideas in one place. You can create simple notes, use a voice feature, add useful links and images, tag and share your entries. You can log on from both your phone and your computer to access or update your ideas. This is by far the most flexible note keeping tool that I know of and it is available for iPhone and Android.

Technology is there to help you, but your creativity cannot exist without you. Play with possibilities, let yourself be curious and make time for your creative process, and the ideas will come.

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By Tatiana Apostolova