How to be creative?

”Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” John Steinbeck

We all need to be creative. Whether you work for yourself or for someone else, we all need to be creative. Creativity gives us an ability to come up with fresh and exciting ideas as well as problem solving.

Is creativity a gift, a desired talent, which one is born with? Apparently it’s not. It seems that creativity is a skill that can be learnt and practiced. What’s more interesting is that, the more we create, more ideas we have.

How to be creative?

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Positive vs. negative thinking

According to psychology, negative thinking inhibits the creative process whilst being positive widens your horizons and opens up your mind. You need to start thinking outside the box, which means you need open yourself to new possibilities and therefore think openly and positively.

Find your inner child

One of the best aspects of being a child is that you are not afraid to be creative. You don’t think that someone may judge you or that ‘it’s stupid’. In the most spontaneous way you come up with the most innovative and original ideas only by having fun with your imagination. Logical thinking and planning don’t distract the child’s creative concentration. Young minds are able to simply enjoy playing and creating.

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Walk

According to study from Stanford Graduate School of Education walking helps with creative thinking. Surprisingly it doesn’t matter if you are walking indoors among gray walls or outside among trees and ducks. This means that whenever you get stuck at work, you should just get up and go for a walk even if it means going to wind up Steve next door.

Do things differently

According to psychologist from Radboud University Nijmegen, doing things differently can also boost your creativity. To be fair, how can you start thinking outside the box if you always do everything the same way? Change your habits, do something spontaneous and unusual and create away.

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Talk to people

There is something about brainstorming and sharing ideas with others. Combining different minds can broaden individual perspectives and eventually effect in creating something special. Moreover, it improves critical thinking and problem solving skills. Identifying potential difficulties during the brainstorming session will have a better chance of finding solutions in a group.

Be bored

According to studies from the University Of Central Lancaster, people are more creative when they are bored. That’s the time when they have time for thinking creatively because they are not distracted by ‘important thoughts’. Being able to turn off the logical thinking allows a person to daydream and therefore use their imagination.

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Get messy

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Albert Einstein 

University of Minnesota suggests that having a messy desk can benefit our creative thinking. You don’t have to feel bad any more for spilled coffee and stack of papers on your desk! Stay messy. Stay creative.

If you ever get stuck just take a break and forget about the world that surrounds you. Get distracted, dream and play with your imagination. You will see that the creative forces will be right back with you.

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