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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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                                                              7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy (And Need to Change That)

                                                              7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy (And Need to Change That)

                                                              “Busy” used to be a fair description of the typical schedule. More and more, though, “busy” simply doesn’t cut it.

                                                              “Busy” has been replaced with “too busy”, “far too busy”, or “absolutely buried.” It’s true that being productive often means being busy…but it’s only true up to a point.

                                                              As you likely know from personal experience, you can become so busy that you reach a tipping point…a point where your life tips over and falls apart because you can no longer withstand the weight of your commitments.

                                                              Once you’ve reached that point, it becomes fairly obvious that you’ve over-committed yourself.

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                                                              The trick, though, is to recognize the signs of “too busy” before you reach that tipping point. A little self-assessment and some proactive schedule-thinning can prevent you from having that meltdown.

                                                              To help you in that self-assessment, here are 7 signs that you’re way too busy:

                                                              1. You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Took a Day Off

                                                              Occasional periods of rest are not unproductive, they are essential to productivity. Extended periods of non-stop activity result in fatigue, and fatigue results in lower-quality output. As Sydney J. Harris once said,

                                                              “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

                                                              2. Those Closest to You Have Stopped Asking for Your Time

                                                              Why? They simply know that you have no time to give them. Your loved ones will be persistent for a long time, but once you reach the point where they’ve stopped asking, you’ve reached a dangerous level of busy.

                                                              3. Activities like Eating Are Always Done in Tandem with Other Tasks

                                                              If you constantly find yourself using meal times, car rides, etc. as times to catch up on emails, phone calls, or calendar readjustments, it’s time to lighten the load.

                                                              It’s one thing to use your time efficiently. It’s a whole different ballgame, though, when you have so little time that you can’t even focus on feeding yourself.

                                                              4. You’re Consistently More Tired When You Get up in the Morning Than You Are When You Go to Bed

                                                              One of the surest signs of an overloaded schedule is morning fatigue. This is a good indication that you’ve not rested well during the night, which is a good sign that you’ve got way too much on your mind.

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                                                              If you’ve got so much to do that you can’t even shut your mind down when you’re laying in bed, you’re too busy.

                                                              5. The Most Exercise You Get Is Sprinting from One Commitment to the Next

                                                              It’s proven that exercise promotes healthy lives. If you don’t care about that, that’s one thing. If you’d like to exercise, though, but you just don’t have time for it, you’re too busy.

                                                              If the closest thing you get to exercise is running from your office to your car because you’re late for your ninth appointment of the day, it’s time to slow down.

                                                              Try these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                                              6. You Dread Getting up in the Morning

                                                              If your days are so crammed full that you literally dread even starting them, you’re too busy. A new day should hold at least a small level of refreshment and excitement. Scale back until you find that place again.

                                                              7. “Survival Mode” Is Your Only Mode

                                                              If you can’t remember what it feels like to be ahead of schedule, or at least “caught up”, you’re too busy.

                                                              So, How To Get out of Busyness?

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