Not feeling creative? Here are a few helpful hints on how you, too, can become more creative. The first thing to understand is that creativity is mostly skill, not a gift. And skills, we know, can be developed. We cannot all be top chefs, award-winning authors, famous painters, or in-demand computer code developers. Still, we can all be creative. If you've ever found a better way to do anything, that is being creative. Maybe it was changing up the ingredients in a favorite recipe...only to discover that those changes made a huge improvement. Or find a better route to work with less traffic, that is quicker, and more scenic. These are small things but they are, nonetheless, ways of showing your creativity. Which is just another way of saying you think out of the box, even a little bit.
If you'd like to become for creative, you might try incorporating a few of these suggestions in your everyday life.
1. Daydreaming. When you daydream, your mind is unconstrained. It means that although you cannot change the physical reality that surrounds you, you can go wherever you please in your mind. This special and unique ability we possess, if practiced frequently, can lead to more creative problem-solving. It can also help you generate more original ideas effortlessly.
2. Doodling. When you doodle, your mind is wandering, thinking about everything and nothing at the same time. When people doodle, their brains can be occupied doing something else like solving problems or generating original ideas. Thus, for many, especially artists, doodling is indispensable to the creative process. For others, doodling is simply a relaxing or entertaining activity that also encourages creative thought.
3. Admiring Surrealism. Surrealism, a 20th-century art movement, “explored the hidden depths of the unconscious mind. The Surrealists rejected the rational world and searched for a new reality, which was discovered in the imagination and in dreams. Thus, they created surreality by combining something familiar with something strange, and so showed ordinary objects in an extraordinary way. The basic assumption of the movement was that creativity can be unleashed by letting go of the conscious and giving freedom to the unconscious. Admiring surrealism gives you the means to do this by encouraging deep thinking. It makes you question all that is real and look at the world from a different perspective. Here, creativity is awakened.
4. Painting and coloring. Since we are on the topic of art, let’s investigate if not only admiring paintings but also creating them has a positive effect on our minds and creativity. The internet is stuffed with articles discussing the benefits of painting and coloring. What we can learn from them is that creating art helps us to relax, reduces stress, and improves critical thinking skills and concentration. It also increases creativity. And art also has a therapeutic effect. Creating your own special piece of art will make you feel happier and more self-confident about your skills.
5. Learning a new language. Learning a foreign language is a long and often difficult endeavor. It requires time, lots of practice, and willingness to learn. Why then should you decide to learn a foreign language if it’s tough? It is perhaps because foreign languages expand your horizons and make you more creative. Also, learning a foreign language gives you a new way of seeing the world, enhances your memory, encourages you to experiment, and helps you express the unsayable. It exposes you to new cultures and customs. All of that has a huge impact on your creativity.
6. Write something. Anything. Another powerful tip to be more creative is to write. The act of recording your thoughts can significantly increase your creativity. Here are a few ways this works. First of all, writing improves your thinking. It encourages you to think deeper about your problems, work issues, or various concepts. And, when you think deeper, you start generating novel ideas. It really doesn’t matter what you write. Any kind of writing can boost creativity. A simple way to start is to adopt the habit of journaling. You can also begin by writing down your dreams or favorite childhood memories. Be as descriptive as possible.
7. Declutter your space. When you declutter your living/working space, you also declutter your mind. Science has shown that too much clutter kills creativity. It leads to mental and physical health issues. It ruins your focus and concentration. It makes you stressed out, and stress kills creativity. In order to spark your creativity, you need to clean and organize your space, especially your working space.
There are many other ways to spark creativity. The key is to find the one that unlocks your brain. How do you find this out? By trial and error.
The best advice anyone can give you on the subject of creativity is to just be curious...about everything! When you discover new things, learn about interesting facts, and investigate the world, you spark your creativity and increase your imagination. Whether you start off small or start off writing an epic novel, believe in your own creativity.
Happy National Creativity Day! Use your creativity to do good in the world.
Please join me back here tomorrow for the June calendar of special days. With summer in full swing, you'll find plenty to celebrate next month.