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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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                                                              16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

                                                              16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

                                                              The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

                                                              How about a unique spin on things?

                                                              These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

                                                              1. Empty your mind.

                                                              It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

                                                              Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

                                                              Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

                                                              Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

                                                              How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

                                                              2. Keep certain days clear.

                                                              Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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                                                              This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

                                                              3. Prioritize your work.

                                                              Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

                                                              Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

                                                              Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

                                                              How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                                                              4. Chop up your time.

                                                              Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

                                                              5. Have a thinking position.

                                                              Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

                                                              What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

                                                              6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

                                                              To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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                                                              Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

                                                              7. Don’t try to do too much.

                                                              OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

                                                              8. Have a daily action plan.

                                                              Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

                                                              Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

                                                              9. Do your most dreaded project first.

                                                              Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

                                                              10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

                                                              The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

                                                              11. Have a place devoted to work.

                                                              If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

                                                              But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

                                                              Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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                                                              Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

                                                              12. Find your golden hour.

                                                              You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

                                                              Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

                                                              Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

                                                              Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

                                                              13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

                                                              It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

                                                              By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

                                                              Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

                                                              14. Never stop.

                                                              Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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                                                              Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

                                                              There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

                                                              15. Be in tune with your body.

                                                              Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

                                                              16. Try different methods.

                                                              Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

                                                              It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

                                                              Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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