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The Simplest Ways To Be Highly Creative

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The Simplest Ways To Be Highly Creative

Everyone is creative. People who are highly creative see themselves as creative, and make time for their creativity. They work at it, and they don’t care about making mistakes—they expect them. As Thomas Edison said:

None of my inventions came by accident. I see a worthwhile need to be met and I make trial after trial until it comes. What it boils down to is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Edison also said: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

If you want to be highly creative, these strategies will help.

1. Create Anyway: Out of Quantity Comes Quality.

You want to create something—a piece of writing, or art, or a product or method—which is amazing. Create junk. Lots of junk. The more junk you create, the more you’ll stimulate your mind to produce something new and exciting. If you wait for the perfect idea, you’ll wait forever.

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2. Schedule Time for Creativity.

Everyone’s busy. Highly creative people schedule time to work on their creative projects. There’s no other way. Don’t wait until you have “more time.” If you only have five minutes a day, that’s fine.

3. Become Playful: Collect Tools and Toys for Creativity.

Kids love toys, and creative adults love playing too. Working with your hands is a form of meditation. If you want to build a deck for your house, or a model airplane, or cook a five course meal or knit a jumper, go ahead. You’ll be more creative.

To become more playful, watch this TED talk by Tim Brown: Tales of Creativity and Play.

4. Ask Questions. Question Everything.

Become creative by asking questions, primarily of yourself, but also of others:

The Five Ws, Five Ws and one H, or the Six Ws are questions whose answers are considered basic in information-gathering.

You may have heard of the concept of “beginner’s mind”; it’s the foundation of creativity.

5. Trust Your Intuition. Yes, You’re Intuitive.

Your creativity depends on your intuition. We’re all intuitive. Our stone age ancestors wouldn’t have lasted ten minutes if they hadn’t paid attention to their subconscious impulses, both to hunt, and to avoid becoming prey.

Albert Einstein said: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

Make space in your life for intuition, and your creativity will flourish.

6. Set Limits, and Create Within Those Limits.

To become more creative, set some constraints. The simplest constraint to set is to give yourself a non-negotiable deadline for a piece of creative work. Once you’ve set your deadline, get it done.

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Here’s the key: get your creative work done even if you think you have no time, and no budget. Ask yourself to creatively come up with solutions to these constraints.

7. Go Where You’re Most Creative: In a Coffee Shop? In the Shower?

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    Think about the last time you got a great idea. Chances are, you weren’t sitting in your office. Perhaps you were at the gym, or driving to work, or sitting in a coffee shop. Creative inspirations bubble up from your subconscious when your conscious mind is occupied with a task you can do without thinking about it.

    8. Drink Up. A Glass of Beer or Wine May Make You More Creative.

    You can’t be creative if you’re drunk, but a glass of wine may loosen your inhibitions sufficiently for you to be creative. Try it.

    9. Doodle, Then Write About Your Doodles.

    When you draw, you’re using the right side of your brain, the creative, intuitive side. You don’t need to be artistic, just doodle on a piece of paper for a couple of minutes. Then ask yourself what the doodle has to tell you, and write it down. Or, you can ask yourself a question, doodle, and then write down the solution.

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    10. Get a Pen. Handwriting May Make You More Creative.

    Neuroscientists’ studies seem to suggest that writing by hand can make you more creative, and it also improves your memory. Try it yourself. Write some notes and ideas. Writing by hand may give you fresh insights.

    11. Work Hard. Struggle. Then Let The Project Go.

    Creative breakthroughs arrive after you’ve worked hard at something. The intense struggle seems to be necessary. If you’re stuck on a project, keep going. Work hard. Then let the project go. Your breakthrough will come as a sudden inspiration when you’re doing something else.

    12. Map Your Mind. Make Connections With a Mind Map.

    Mind maps are a useful tool to help you to think and develop creative insights. British author Tony Buzan made the term “mind map” popular.

    To create a mind map, draw a circle in the center of a sheet of paper, and write your topic in the circle. Draw lines as branches radiating out from the circle, and add a word to each branch.

    Try a few of these 12 ways to be highly creative. You’ll be amazed at the results.

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    Last Updated on January 13, 2022

    How to Use Travel Time Effectively

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    How to Use Travel Time Effectively

    Most of us associate travel and time with what we’re going to do one we get to our destination. Planning and mapping out what to do once you arrive can certainly make for a more pleasurable vacation, but there are things you can do while you are on your way that can make it even better.

    Sure, you can plan for the things you’re going to do on your vacation while you are travelling en route – but what about making use of that time for other things that you don’t usually do when you’re at home? You don’t need to have your gadgets with you to do it, and you can really connect with yourself if you take the time to manage your life while heading towards your vacation destination.

    Here are some great tips to help you with your time management while you travel, some of which are more conventional than others. Nonetheless, you can find out what works best for you and apply them accordingly depending on when and how you are travelling.

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    1. Take Your Time Getting There

    As I write this, I’m on a flight to San Francisco. Flying is the fastest way to get from place to place, and for many people it’s really the only way to travel.

    But I’ve often taken the train or ferry on trips so that I have extra time without distraction to get more done. I’m not worrying about navigation or lack of space to do what I want to do. Instead I’m able to focus on getting stuff done during the time I’ve got without feeling rushed. For example, when I took the train from Vancouver to Portland, it was an eight hour trip and I managed to get a ton of writing done and closed a lot of open loops. It also was less expensive than flying, which was a bonus.

    Sometimes taking the long way to get somewhere on vacation can be the best thing for you to get somewhere with your life.

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    2. Go Gadget-Free

    This is going to be a tough one for a lot of you. But why do you need to bring your gadgets with you when you go on vacation? It isn’t be a bad idea to leave all but one of them behind, and only pull out that one when you absolutely need to do so. In some countries, you’d be wise to be discreet with them anyway since flaunting them in front of those that are less fortunate than you isn’t a good practice. While it may not seem like flaunting to you, in different cultures it can definitely come across that way.

    If you can’t go gadget-free, then at least go Internet-free. If you use a task management app that requires syncing across your multiple devices to be effective, remember that if you only have the one device with you then it can be the “master device” for the time being and will store your data locally anyway. Just sync up when you get home.

    3. Reflect and Prepare

    Finally, going on any sort of excursion gives you the perfect opportunity to reflect on where you’ve been. The fact you have removed yourself from where you usually are can give you a perspective that you simply can’t get when you’re at home. You may want to journal your thoughts during this time – and by taking more time to get to your destination you’ll have more time to dig deeper into it.

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    After a period of reflection – however long that happens to be – you can then begin to not only prepare for the rest of your travels, you can prepare for the rest of what happens afterward. The reflection period is important, though. You need to really know where you’ve been in order to properly look at where you want to be. Time away from things gives you that chance.

    Conclusion

    Traveling isn’t always about where you’re going and how quickly you can get there. In fact, it’s rarely about that at all.

    More often it’s where you’re at in your head that will dictate how much you benefit from traveling. So don’t just go somewhere fast. Instead, take your time on the way there and take the time to connect with not only where you are but who are while you’re there.

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    If you do that, you’ll have a better chance to be who you want to be when you leave.

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