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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

How To Improve Your Creativity: 10 Ways To Boost It

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How To Improve Your Creativity: 10 Ways To Boost It

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.

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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.

Featured photo credit: Jr Korpa via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

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What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

What Is Creativity?

Creativity Needs an Intention

Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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Creativity Is a Skill

At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

How Creativity Works

Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

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Can I Be Creative?

The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role, you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

Start Connecting the Dots

Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value. So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, check out these tips:

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