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8 Habits Of Highly Creative People

8 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Highly creative people see the world a litlte differently. As a result, their behavior is a little different. Creative people aren’t all artists or musicians. They can be found in all areas of the workforce. Although creative people don’t all fit into one mold, most of them do share some common characteristics.

1. Creative People Seek Answers

Highly creative people are curious by nature. They don’t simply accept things for what they appear. They want to know how things work or why things happen. They seek answers to satisfy their curiousity and work hard really trying to understand a topic until they’re confident they get it.

2. Creative People are Spontaneous

Highly creative people can certainly plan ahead, but they aren’t afraid to change their plans. They can be spontaneous at times. They may see something that catches their eye and they act on it while they’re excited. They aren’t afraid to start a new project when something has sparked an idea.

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3. Creative People are Rebellious

Creative people color outside the lines. They don’t feel the need to follow all the rules. In fact, they often feel confined and constrained by the rules. Therefore, they can often see the value and beauty of breaking the rules to create the best outcome.

Their willingness to break the rules is often calculated however. They aren’t simply throwing caution to the wind or setting out to hurt people. Instead, they look at the potential consequences and then try to find ways to justify their behavior if they plan to break the rules.

4. Creative People Lie

Research studies show that highly creative people lie more than the rest of us. The reason seems to be because creative people can find ways to try and justify their actions. As a result, they may tell lies to explain away their behavior.

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Many creative people will deny that they tend to lie, however. Their perception may be different from others and they may not be lying on purpose or they may feel their justification supports what they say.

5. Creative People Behave Passionately

Creative people are passionate about what they do. Whether they work as an artist or work at a bank, creative people strive to reach a successful outcome. They can come across as intense at times, but it stems from their passion to create something wonderful.

6. Creative People are Flexible

If they’re working on a plan and it looks like they need to change that plan, they’re willing to embrace change. When creativity strikes, they can go with the flow. They understand that their original plan may not work out the way they want so they’re willing to adapt and change as needed to create the best outcome possible.

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7. Creative People React Emotionally

Creative people are very emotional. Often, their moods shift quickly. Although there have been some studies that have linked creativity to mental illness, these studies haven’t been widely accepted by the mental health community due to questionable research methods.

However, there have been widely accepted studies that show that emotional instability seems to coincide with creativity. Many creative people report that their negative emotions help fuel their creativity.

8. Creative People Look at the Whole Picture

Creative people can be spontaneous, it doesn’t mean they behave impulsively. They tend to look at the whole picture before they begin a project and they’re able to keep it in mind throughout their project.

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While most people might just jump into a task focusing on what needs to be done first, creative people think about every step along the way to ensure that all the steps will come together to create the best outcome.

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Amy Morin

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Last Updated on September 11, 2019

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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  • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
  • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
  • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
  • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

Benefits of Using a To-Do List

However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

  • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
  • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
  • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
  • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
  • You feel more organized.
  • It helps you with planning.

4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

1. Categorize

Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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2. Add Estimations

You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

3. Prioritize

To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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  • Important and urgent
  • Not urgent but important
  • Not important but urgent
  • Not important or urgent

You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

4.  Review

To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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Bottom Line

So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

To your success!

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