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30 Pictures to Boost Your Creativity

30 Pictures to Boost Your Creativity

Creativity lives inside all of us. Sometimes we don’t realize that we have access to a creative force that would surprise us. We have paired some inspiring pictures with famous quotes on creativity. Let these inspire you to find the creative genius within.

jobs

    “Creativity is just connecting things.” – Steve Jobs

    demi

      “Creativity is what helps me escape a lot of my inner demons.” Demi Lovato

      fountain

        “There is a fountain of youth: it is…the creativity you bring to your life.” Sophia Loren

        matisse

          “Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

          heart

            “When you’re heartbroken, you’re at your most creative–you have to channel all your energies into something else to not think about it.” Florence Welch

            angel

              “Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling.” Madeleine L’engle

              grafiti sun

                “Creativity can release you from the limitations that the world has constructed around you; the everyday, mundane, 9-5 jail cell where everybody is waiting for the weekend to party so they can get outside of their head.” Robert LaSardo

                yo yo ma

                  “Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” Yo-Yo Ma

                  bird

                    “It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do.” Eric Jerome Dickey

                    girl circle

                      “Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.” Julia Cameron

                      simpson
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                        “Living creatively is really important to maintain throughout your life. And living creatively doesn’t mean only artistic creativity, although that’s part of it. It means being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people.” Matt Groening

                        kid drawing

                          “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” Edwin Land

                          pianoyanni

                            “Creativity is an inherent human quality of the highest order. When we create, we become more than the sum of our parts.” Yanni

                            womans legs
                              “Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.” Jean Dubuffet

                              world

                                “Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity.” Marina Abramovic

                                typwriter

                                  “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath

                                  dog
                                     “Creative thinking–in terms of idea creativity–is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.” Edward de Bono

                                    bluedancers

                                      “Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” Bo Bennett

                                      children

                                        “Young children, especially, have enormous creativity, and whatever’s in them rises to the surface in free play.” Erik Erikson

                                        leopard dress

                                          “The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.” Mae Jemison

                                          birds in flight flcr

                                            “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Erich Fromm

                                            Building-Relationships

                                              “This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.” Edward de Bono

                                              thinker

                                                “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” Ray Bradbury

                                                kids cooking

                                                  “Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” Guy Fieri

                                                  sunset

                                                    “Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus

                                                    journey

                                                      “Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results–the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process.” Elizabeth Gilbert

                                                      coffeshopparis

                                                        “Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.” Dee Hock

                                                        beach

                                                          “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” Brene Brown

                                                          dancerfemale

                                                            “Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.” Twyla Tharp

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                                                              “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.” Scott Adams

                                                               

                                                              Featured photo credit: Duel/Ray_from_LA via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on March 23, 2021

                                                              Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

                                                              Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

                                                              One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

                                                              The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

                                                              You need more than time management. You need energy management

                                                              1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

                                                              How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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                                                              I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

                                                              I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

                                                              2. Determine your “peak hours”

                                                              Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

                                                              Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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                                                              My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

                                                              In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

                                                              Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

                                                              3. Block those high-energy hours

                                                              Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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                                                              Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

                                                              If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

                                                              That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

                                                              There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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                                                              Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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