8 Ways to Tap Into Your Creativity
Everyone has the capacity to be creative. It's one of our greatest strengths as humans.
Some people have a greater gift for creativity that others, but you'll never know how creative you can be unless you take steps to maximize it.
It's easy to understand what it takes to become more skilled at hitting a golf ball.
It's not quite as clear how someone should go about increasing their skill at creating.
Fortunately, creativity is an important topic and science has much to tell us.
Also, the most creative people throughout history have been willing to share their thoughts.
Make the most of your talent for creativity with these ideas:
1. Get into a new environment.
Many authors write in hotel rooms. Many painters have studios separate from their homes.
Your creativity won't be at the highest level in the places you spend the most time.
A new environment can spark your creativity. If you're feeling creatively stuck, go someplace new for a few days.
* Your normal hangouts stimulate your normal thoughts and thinking. Shake up your routine.
2. Be prolific.
Most ideas are relatively worthless. That's okay. It just means you have to generate a lot of ideas to find a good one.
Some comics have stated they have to write a hundred jokes to get one keeper. Songwriters make similar claims.
Whether you're looking for a solution to a problem, creating a new gadget, or writing a symphony, be willing to wade through a lot of bad ideas until you find one good one.
3. Leave a thread for the following day.
There's a case to be made for calling it a day before you run out of ideas. That leaves something for your mind to ponder the following day.
For example, more than one famous author has claimed they like to quit for the day after they've gotten some work done, but still know what they're going to write next.
Avoid exhausting your ideas before you've had time to come up with more. Know how you're going to proceed and then sleep on it.
4. Become an expert in your field.
Studying the masters of your field will give you a greater depth of knowledge. Be an expert in your field and you'll have a greater chance of developing meaningful ideas.
5. Change your routine.
Take a new path to work, carpool, or call an Uber. Eat new foods. Change your evening routine.
Shake up your world and you'll think new thoughts. You'll also be surprised by how uncomfortable it is to change all of these little things around.
6. Create solitude.
It's next to impossible to be creative when you're constantly interrupted.
Find a quiet, inspiring place to do your creative work. Turn off your electronic devices and be creative.
7. Try being bored.
Boring activities encourage daydreaming and reduce the activity of the logical parts of the brain.
With your logical centers taking a back seat, your creativity can shine through.
8. Be creative when you're least alert.
It might seem logical that you'd be most creative when your brain is most active, but science has shown the opposite is true.
For example, if you're a morning person, your best ideas will come at night.
That also means you should make good use of the time immediately before falling asleep and after awakening.
You can make the most of your creative gifts. There are well-established tips for increasing your creative powers.
You never know precisely when a brilliant idea will hit, so increase the odds in your favor. Tap into your creativity today.
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12 Benefits of Keeping a Journal
Some people find journaling appealing while others think it sounds like an incredibly boring activity.
If you don't currently write in a journal regularly, you might want to reconsider.
There are numerous benefits to recording your thoughts, life, and aspirations on a daily basis.
Journaling can help your memory, problem-solving ability, achievement, emotional health, and even your physical health.
Consider these benefits:1. A journal serves as a record of your life.
Have you ever thought back on your high school or college days and thought, 'What was his name?' Or have you ever wondered if a particular event happened in 1996 or 1997?A journal is a useful way to record the significant events in your life.2. A journal can be cathartic.
When you get the tough stuff out on paper, you feel better. Journaling gives your emotional health a quick boost.3. You view your challenges in a new way.
Things look different in your head than they do on paper or on the computer screen. It's a little less personal when you can see it.
You might find that many of your challenges aren't as challenging as you first thought.4. You can see your progress.
When you record your thoughts and your life, they're right there in front of you.
It's easy to see how much your life is, or isn't, progressing. Just looking back at your old entries can tell you a lot.5. You will progress.
When you record the most important happenings for the day, you'll start to make new things happen.
You'll be embarrassed or annoyed with yourself if you keep recording the same old boring stuff each day. You'll do new things in order to have something interesting to write about.6. You'll achieve more.
Studies have shown that just writing down goals significantly increases the likelihood of increasing them.7. Journaling organizes your thoughts and improves your problem-solving abilities.
You can clear some of the clutter out of your head when you journal, and your subconscious can begin working on a solution to a challenge.8. Your memory will improve.
If you reflect on your life at the end of the day, and record it, you'll be much more likely to remember it.
It's a great workout for your brain and an effective way to remember more of your life.9. You'll be in good company. Many famous people kept journals.
John D. Rockefeller, George Patton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Marie Curie, and Mark Twain are just a few that believed in the power of journaling.10. You learn about yourself.
When you keep a journal, you quickly see your behavioral patterns and tendencies.11. You can leave them to your children.
Depending on the types of things you choose to write about, you might want to leave your journals to your children or other family members.12. Journaling can lead to improved health.
One study at the University of Auckland showed that writing in a journal can lead to faster wound healing and minimize the symptoms of several ailments, including asthma and irritable bowel syndrome.
Consider using pen and paper instead of a computer for your journal. While using a computer can be more convenient, writing engages your mind at a higher level.
There are so many benefits to keeping a journal
, not giving it a chance would be a shame. Try journaling for a full month and then make an evaluation.
Decide for yourself if you want to continue. A journal is a great way to organize your thoughts and record your life.
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