Are we all creative at heart, yes I believe in that. The prowess of one person’s creative ability to another person is always subjective. Creation could be art, food, design, spoken word, visual, auditory, or any of the 5 sense that we have. Is one person’s trash another person’s creative power.
Sometimes I think of the turner Prize, who can say that the creativity of the winner is in doubt a work of art. Sometimes it is conceptual, practical but above all it is creative.
Over recent years, research findings have found that creativity can be learned and nurtured. Our brains need the nudge or kick in order to quit being lazy and start becoming a little more creative and inspired.
How to we start:
When you are under stress, then the brain is in the fixed in problem solving. We are in the gear to address the issue and creativity is not considered. Working from previous fixed plans stored in the brain is what our brain is working from.
Our brains need to be relaxed enough to create new connections and neural pathways, which occurs thanks to neuroplasticity – the innate ability of our brain to adapt.
- Take a long walk
- Have a shower
- Read a book or something inspirational
- Daydream (just not when the boss is around)
- Take a break or multiple breaks
- Take a nap
- Have a laugh or some fun
We need a relation mode for the brain, to train it to have the ability to switch off, divert from the days to do list. Walking increases creativity, it’s what I do in the mornings, bringing the dogs for a walk to give me the opportunity for chill time and being a little creative.
Try New Things
- Expose yourself to new Experiences
- Work in New Environments
- Travel, see the world
- Start afresh
- Work in noisy environments (different)
- Keep your desk a little cluttered,
- Move to another office location/city
- Let go, trust in your judgement as a beginner
Kids have a seemingly boundless sense of imagination, turning blankets and beds into spaceships and fortresses in a matter of seconds. The older we grow, cognitive bias affect our brain’s ability to become creative and we are boxed into zones or ‘biases’. Children are always tinkering with toys, materials to learn, they are not afraid of making mistakes, they learn from their failures, success and or attempts.
Is a tidy desk the sign of a tidy mind, or just an ADHD boss. Many times I have heard stories of people having to put away handbags, phones and or any non immediate work documentation but then reflecting in their work environments, they are so regulated that creativity is not permitted, it is work to process.
Get out see the world, travel see new sights. Similar with food, experience new smells, sights, tastes and savour that knowledge.
Having experienced Edward De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats, the 6 representatives of what the hat wearer does to analyse the project at hand from these different view points. This is what we have to do, try new things, new experiences.
Are we all wired like Mr. Spock’s (Star Trek) in this world, logical in our approach or just biased from what went before. Our brains are imprinted to be efficient, it is our hard wiring on survival, how we learn from best practice. Logic is always our default go-to tool when coming up with ideas, even though the best ones often emerge from intuition and association.
- Do something boring
- Get a little inhibited (drink)
- Switching working times
I have found on occasions that my most creative times can be late at night when my brain has relaxed and I am beginning to nod off to sleep.
Train your brain
Our brains might be lazy, but just like our muscles; they can be trained to perform well at anything, including creative thinking
- Take different classes – art, photography, food
- Build up the creativity foundation
- Read more, gain knowledge
- Watch and observe
- Get a mentor
- Ask why
- Try something
We need to try something new, have the crack at learning a new skills or experience, for example, taking stand-up comedy classes is the perfect way to teach yourself how to stretch your imagination at a moment’s notice.
Read articles and books to gain a new perspective. If creativity is simply the process of putting together existing information in something fresh and new, then it’s safe to assume that you need to have sufficient knowledge in the first place
I always think about the asking of ‘Why’, the sign of an interested mind, being curious about the way an item works. It’s the foundation of a learning process.
Inspiration can hit at any moment, and if you’re not ready for it, your won’t recognise when it occurs. The key here is not to sit around mooning and waiting, but to keep working hard in preparation for that “Eureka!” moment. Which in itself, is a rare occurrence, Edison took three thousand attempts before his light bulb, Dyson Vacuum cleaner was over five thousand, so Eureka is an inspired process.
- Go with you intuition
- Allow yourself to fail
- How does a mouse eat an elephant
- Don’t give up
- Write down your attempts
Give your permission to fail, learn from your experiences. Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil. They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new (and, as such, should be seen as valuable; without them, we’d have no originality).”
Edwin Catmull, Creativity Inc.
Just start, not doing anything is not a failure but lazy. So get up, get out and do. Remember Nike.
We all have our own way of doing things, after all we are human. We all have our unique experiences that give us the ability to do stuff.