Making Creativity Part of Daily Life
Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed.
The more we make creativity part of our daily life, the more it will grow.
The Big Q: So how do I make creativity part of my daily life?
The Big A: Below are some suggestions, get started on them now.
1. Doodle Something: Although we may have been reprimanded in school to “stop doodling and pay attention,” it’s time to bring back the doodle. Doodling, contrary to popular opinion, does not demonstrate a lack of focus. In fact, doodling can help you stay present and engaged during an activity in which you might otherwise find your mind drifting. Some of the greatest thinkers from Henry Ford to Steve Jobs used doodling to jump-start creativity. Doodling can enhance recall and activate unique neurological pathways, leading to new insights and cognitive breakthroughs. Some companies even encourage doodling during meetings.
2. Take a Class in Something You’ve Never Done Before: Creativity flourishes when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone and learn something new. Many communities offer evening adult education classes. These classes are often very casual, with plenty of beginner offerings. Try painting, pottery, or woodworking. How about learning a new language,picking up a new instrument, or take a cooking class
3. Create the Right Environment: The truth is that every individual can be creative. It simply require the right environment, stimulus, and support. Kids are awash with creative energy in part because they have not yet learned to fear the criticism of their peers or experienced embarrassment from failure. This is now why failure is lauded in adults, as it reflects creative, risk-taking endeavors.Though not all creative ventures will work out, ultimately some will be very, very successful. The goal is to create an environment that lets employees feel relaxed and comfortable with vocalizing creative, even wacky, ideas. Businesses that value creativity need to do their best to foster a creative, safe space where unusual ideas are celebrated and where creativity is nurtured.
4. Pause the Brainstorming and Move Your Body: Though old-school business practice dictates group brainstorming as a powerful way to generate creativity, modern research has found that the group collective is not always all it is made out to be.
Try new approaches to creative problem solving. Go for a walk. Physical movement has been shown to have a positive affect on creative thinking.
5. Start a Sketchbook: Sketching is a great way to preserve memories and make constructive use of time that might otherwise be spent fiddling on a phone. Buy a small, lightweight sketchbook that can easily fit in your bag. Start sketching whenever you have even a few spare minutes, draw the salt and pepper shaker on your table while waiting for your coffee, or whatever you see.
6. Keep Toys on Your Desk :Many creative design companies encourage employees to keep toys on their desks–from Legos and Lincoln Logs to Play-Doh and origami paper. Building something physically with your hands, as opposed to typing on a keyboard, can be just the creative jolt you need.
7. Engage in Flash Fiction: Flash fiction is a form of writing consisting of extremely short pieces. There are many flash fiction writing groups online in which members write 100-word stories based on a provided prompt. That’s right, just 100 words. No one can say that’s out of their league. No pressure, no need to share; it’s just a chance to get those creative juices flowing.
8. Try the 30 Circles Test: This great creative exercise is featured in Tim Brown’s TED talk Creativity and Play. Take a piece of paper and draw 30 circles on the paper. Now, in one min, adapt as many circles as you can into objects. For example, one circle could become a Sun. Another could become a Globe. The other a Baseball, how many can you do in a minute? Most people have a hard time getting to 30, largely because we have a tendency as adults to self-edit. Kids are great at simply exploring possibilities without being self-critical, whereas adults have a harder time.Sometimes, even the desire to be original can be a form of self-editing. Don’t forget–good artists copy, great artists steal.
9. Role-play Away: Role-playing is not just for the geeks at Comic-Con or the Fuzzies. Role-playing can help you develop new solutions to existing problems by putting yourself in the shoes of a client or customer. Even if you have already made efforts to enter the client’s mindset, physically role-playing situations with co-workers can generate powerful revelations and project solutions. As children, role-playing is how our imaginations thrived, from baking mud pies and playing house to fighting off baddies and exploring the jungles in our own backyards. It’s time to bring back the power of play.
Get creative, its good stuff.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday weekend