“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”
Creative Topics: Start, Muscle, Judge, Remove, Strategy, Imitate, Take Notes, Diff, Breaks, Work-a-holic, Journal, Learning, Exercise, Children.
Recently, we asked our LifeHack Readers what their tips for staying creative were. (see their Mission at the end of this Post) Their Imagination was the beginning of their creation. “You ‘imagine’ what you want, you plan how you will get it, then begin on that journey to your goal.
- Just get Started. If you create trash for a few attempts, don’t give up [Edison had 10,000 failures, before he go the Light Bulb right] When you start your brain gets in the groove & opens up, then you’ve broken through the barrier and have lots of ideas. Take a break to clear your mind; run it by you colleagues; talk to your mental (no, Mentor).
- Surround yourself with Creative people. Hang out with writers, musicians, poets and artists. Often, just being in a creative environment will inspire you and refresh your creative mind.
- Creativity is a Muscle, Exercise it frequently. Look for opportunities where you can use it – even if it don’t apply to something related to your profession. This exercise will enable more creativity in your work.
- Don’t “judge” your new Ideas. Don’t critique your new idea when you think of it. Just write them all down, then you can evaluate – until you have sufficient information to make a decision – as to it’s merit.
- Remove “obstacles to & distractions from” Creativity. What’s the easiest and/or best way to remove the Obstacle? Eliminate or reduce distractions from your main goals (Email, TV, excessive Social Visitors, etc)
- Treat Creativity like a Strategy game. If one thing isn’t working, don’t keep trying and waste lots of time, until you give up. Try a new strategy.
- Imitate the Real World – find the clever situations and try to extract the essence of it into your work. This may lead you to what you need, to create, or it may just warm up your muse.
- Carry a Notebook with you all the time. (or a PDA – Personal Digital Assistant, or use your Smart Phone. Write down new Ideas, To-Do things.
- Do something Different. Play chess, cards, read a Fiction book, watch TV shows about Entrepreneurs (ie, Shark Tank) go to an Art show, etc.
- Give yourself a Break. Instead of being active & thinking all the time, give yourself a break. Take a short walk, take a nap, or meditate. Stop thinking and clear your mind, so that the busyness doesn’t get in the way of your Intuition giving you new ideas. When you relax, it will open up.
- If you’re “not” on a tight Deadline, walk away and do something completely unrelated –which will clear your mind. Don’t let yourself spend that time stressing about what you need to do. If you can, take a few hours or the next day. Then you’ll look at it in a whole new perspective and make significant improvements to it.
- Don’t be a Work-a-holic. Only for an emergency situation. Take frequent breaks. Your mind needs a chance to cool, so it doesn’t overheat and crash – every 20-30 minutes. When it clears, it’ll open up and let new ideas come thru.
- Keep a Journal, of your activities & ideas. It can trigger your mind in a week, month, or year, when you’ve gained some distance from what you’ve written. It can give you new ideas or how to combine these older ideas.
- Never stop Learning. Continue to learn new information about your product, service via Networking, Competitors & Industry Media. (even that old source – Books) The more you know, the more you can create from that knowledge.
- Exercise every day. With feeling better and extra energy, you’ll naturally be more creative. Part is the factor is, when you exercise, more blood flows to your brain – which becomes more efficient and produces more creative ideas.
- Spend time with Children. Your own or someone else’s. Most children are creative in their plan and open to all ideas, because they don’t know what can’t be done – as adults do – from the hard knocks of life.
Creative / Innovative Quotes
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: history, science, tech, math, how it’s made, etc. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen a few minutes later, weeks, months or years. But he has confidence that it will eventually happen.”
“Truly creative people only care a little about what they have done, but a lot more about what they are doing. Their driving focus is the life force that surges in them to follow new ideas now !!!
Comments: Do you have any other Tips on how to be more Creative?
from LifeHack.org 7/18 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4.biz
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