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5 Tips to Keep your Creativity Alive and Grow Everyday

5 Tips to Keep your Creativity Alive and Grow Everyday

There are certain days in your life which are dull and you find that your creativity has hit a wall and you feel unable to find the solutions to your problems. If you want to progress in this world then you need to make sure that you have the ability to think out of the box. Most of the people like to blame a lack of time for not being creative but it is important to understand that you can only produce best results when you are happy and full of energy.

To be creative you need to have motivation and energy. You need to understand that creativity is not a skill. It is a lifestyle and you can adopt it by making little changes in your life. Here are some useful tips for staying motivated and creative in your everyday life. It will improve your domestic and professional life.

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1. Get some alone time and make the best use of it

Life has become hectic and the stress of everyday life can have an adverse effect on your creativity. The mind can become overwhelmed and it may hinder its ability to think clearly. One of the best ways of getting your creativity back on track is to get some alone time. You need to have a place that you can claim only for yourself and make that place your safe haven. Make sure it is a place where you can have alone time and there is no one to disturb you there.

If your mind is wayward then it will not be able to think clearly and clarity is essential for creativity. If you want to think out of the box then you need to create an environment where there are no distractions. Alone time will help in clearing your mind and it can give you a new perspective on things.

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2. Document your life

The best way of keeping a record of your life is to keep a journal. Creative ideas do not come out of the blue. There is always a basis for the origin of an idea. Whenever you find something inspiring or come with a mind-blowing idea then you should make sure that you note it down. If you do not record it then you will end up forgetting it and it will stay just a passing thought.

If you want the idea to materialize at some point then you need to make sure that you remember it. You can think about the cause and effect of the idea over time. You can use your imagination to look for solutions that can help in making the idea a reality.

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3. Do not stress yourself out

Human beings are not infinite. They have their limits. Energy is an essential factor of ensuring focus. Once you have spent all of your energy you will find it impossible to focus. When you are out of energy you should take a break because if you try to continue even when your energy is down you will only stress yourself out. Stress is not good for creativity at all. Focus and concentration require a fresh mind so make sure that you get enough rest to make your mind fresh.

4. Get inspired

Inspiration is the key to creativity. It does not just come out of the blue. Different people have different sources of inspiration. Some people find it in music, some in art, and some in movies. Inspiration can come from simplest of things like walking, looking at nature or reading a particular book. Whatever your inspiration is, you need to make sure that you give it some time. You should never be too busy to give some time to the things that you enjoy and things that bring out your creativity.

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5. Do not be afraid to step out your comfort zone

If you want to open new horizons then you need to make sure that you are not afraid of stepping out of the comfort zone. You need to understand that change is not a bad thing and it is not possible to plan every moment of your life because life is uncertain. So if you find yourself facing a problem you cannot solve, you need to step out of the comfort zone so you could find a solution. You need to be brave and ready to embrace change if you want to be creative.

These are some of the simple practices that will make sure that your creativity is kept alive and you can use it to live a happy and successful life

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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