10 Habits of Highly Creative People
– Khadeeja Rana
Being creative is not rocket science, below are some steps to master the art successfully.
1. Napping: Just a five-minute nap after lunch is enough. Naps have been shown to improve alertness and enhance areas of brain that deal with creativity. But if that’s not your thing, meditation just works fine to increase creativity.
2. Daydream: A lot of times, the best ideas come seemingly out of nowhere, when you’ve welcomed distraction and let your mind wander. Distraction can trigger abstract thinking and the development of creative ideas n stop you from being fixated. So play with ideas, a little day dreaming never hurt anyone.
3. Taking risks: Just by intentionally pursuing unfamiliar and unusual experiences, you’re increasing the likelihood of being inspired and training your brain to think in new ways. If you’re living fearlessly, you’re likely to create fearlessly. Be different.
4. Being alone: People who lead creative lives are super comfortable in solitude. It is something of a natural tendency. Being alone means having the time and mental space to reflect on yourself, your experiences, and your ideas, all of which is necessary to the creative process. Bottom-line: have a healthy appetite for solitude.
5. Dare to be Different: Two paths diverged in the woods, take the one less trodden. Don’t negate out of the box ideas that come up in your mind, rather have the courage to pursue them. Go where no one has gone before. Remember, you have to be odd to be number one.
6. Sticking to schedules: First, the unique details of the routine — the smell of your coffee, sitting down at your desk, the 3-mile loop you run — can act as cues or triggers telling your brain that it’s time to work. Second, and at a more basic level, it simply ensures that work will be done. Creative people, by definition, must create — and that rarely happens by waiting for a surge of inspiration. It means writing, drawing, building, or composing even when you’re not quite sure what you’re working toward.
7. Traveling is one of the most effective ways to broaden your perspective, which can have a measurable and positive impact on creativity. Experiencing customs and practices that are foreign to your own, forces you to open your mind, and allows you to make connections you might not have made before
8. Physical activity: Whether it lets the mind wander, improves mood, or functions as an important part of daily ritual, regular physical activity has been linked to improved creative thinking.
9. Collaborating: Sometimes, encouraging creative collaboration can give an outside perspective that can shift your ideas. Basically it forces you to branch out of you comfort zones.
10. Brainstorming, being open, thinking out of the box, lateral thinking brings us to see things in a new light. Using mind maps to compose thoughts can also boost creativity.