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Boosting your Creativity in 10 Great Ways

Boosting your Creativity in 10 Great Ways

It doesn’t matter whether you are a writer, artist or hobbyist, you can plateau in your creativity at any time. This article is for anyone looking for new ways to start getting their creativity flowing again.

Here are 10 great ways to boost your creativity:

1. Learn to Relax

By relaxing, you rejuvenate your mind and creativity flows naturally. There are many ways to relax and unwind, freeing up your mind for better creativity. Simple activities like walking on the beach, engaging in your favorite sport activity, or whatever you choose that helps you relax.

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2. Practice Meditation

Meditation silences all those hectic thoughts that are constantly playing in your mind throughout the day. By following different meditation techniques, you gain an inner calm while opening your mind to more creative thoughts and better ideas.

3. Write It Down

Writing down your ideas as soon as they pop into your head is a great habit and is a training exercise for the brain to keep the ideas coming. Writing ideas down clears the mind to move on to other ideas, and you never worry about forgetting them.

4. Expand Creativity with Lists

Creating interesting lists about the things in your life you care about the most helps expand the creative thought process.

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An excellent way to make creative lists is with the list blogging platform, Listnerd. You can create and share lists, and add to the creative process by reading lists others create.

5. Stop Criticizing Yourself

Knowing you are doing things as best you can removes the barriers in front of your creative ideas. Never be harsh or criticize yourself, and learn to accept yourself for the way you are. You are creative, and by accepting that fact your self-limiting beliefs won’t block creativity.

6. Remove the Pressure of Expectations

Removing expectations is removing the stress you have about the outcome. Putting love and passion into your creations with no outcome expectations increases the chances of having an amazing creation.

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7. Make Time for Reading

Nothing is better for relaxing and stimulating the mind than reading. Reading opens the mind to new ways of thinking while increasing creativity.

If reading is not your favorite thing, don’t force it; start small by spending 30 minutes a day with a book on your favorite topic. It can be anything you like from a hobby to your favorite sport. Devoting a set amount of time every day has you reading one or two books each month with little effort.

8. Listen to Classical Music

The brain functions better and is more creative when listening to certain songs and compositions. Albert Einstein knew this and always credited his creativity to listening to Mozart. He found listening to Mozart compositions helped his thinking, though he never understood why.

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Today, science research has proven the idea of music-enhanced thinking. The brain’s creativity and performance increases from the positive effects of certain frequencies, also known as, iscochronic tones and binaural beats.

By engineering sound files with researched frequencies, scientists have proven increased brain performance. When listening to Mozart through stereo headphones, you quickly notice an increase in thinking and creativity.

9. Do Something New

If you want to give your creativity a big boost, bringing in many new ideas, do something you’ve never done before. This is anything you’ve always thought you’d like to do, like skydiving or bungee jumping, but have never taken the time to do.

10. Practice Makes Perfect

Practicing your craft every day, even for a little while, keeps your mind creative. If you write, then write something every day. If you want to be a good designer, design something every day, even if it’s just something as easy as redesigning the logo for your favorite cereal.

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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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