When it comes to the concept of creativity, most people either think that they’re not so inclined, or that such a label is bestowed on a sacred few.
This presumption is rooted in faulty thinking. We all have the ability to be ingenious.
Creativity is indeed a craft, and like any craft, it can be studied, practiced and cultivated.Surfing, for example, requires practice. Nobody’s born with the ability to ride the beach waves successfully – you need to invest time and patience to learn how to do that activity.
If creativity is important to you, making it an essential part of your daily routine is a step in the right direction.
So how then does one go about incorporating creativity into one’s life? Here are some practical suggestions to consider:
Start to doodle
Generally speaking, doodling is a drawing made while someone’s attention is otherwise occupied. Think of those random scribblings or odd illustrations you create when you’re stuck in a long meeting.
Popular belief is that such activity is an indication of poor focus. On the contrary, doodling is a helpful way for people to remain present and stay engaged during an otherwise mind-numbing activity.
The “Doodle Revolution“, a book by Sunni Brown highlights the fact that notable thinkers and innovators utilised doodling as a way to kickstart their creative process. Furthermore, she posits that doodling is a beneficial tool for “recalling information, learning, immersive thinking and envisioning possibilities”.
Check out this great visual summary of her book when you’ve got a moment.
Do something you’ve never done
Stepping out of your comfort zone is another fantastic trigger for creativity. The obvious benefit here is that you’ll uncover talents and skills that you didn’t know you had, and by so doing, you can apply this learning to other areas of your life. So sign up for a class or take a course in a subject matter foreign to you: painting, pottery, a new language or a musical instrument. You’ll be shocked at what you’ll discover.
Create a conducive climate for creativity
As was previously stated, you have what it takes to be original – all you need is to set up the right atmosphere, incentive and support. This is why many companies go all out in creating “adult playgrounds” (fully stocked with ping-pong tables, free booze and other perks) all to ensure that their workers are comfortable and have the right conditions to come up with imaginative ideas. You too can replicate this type of surrounding to feel inspired.
Physically moving your body has been said to have numerous positive effects on thinking creatively. For example, going for a walk is a great way of getting those inventive juices flowing – your mind unconsciously wanders into different places, and you’re able to unearth new perspectives.
Keep a small notebook
Make sure that you walk around with a notepad so that when you’re struck with an idea or inspiration, you can quickly scribble it down and capture that lighting of brilliance for future reference.
In conclusion, here is a great TEDxTalk video by Tim Brown on the “Tales of Creativity and Play” – enjoy!