Ten Ways To Improve Your Creativity

The future belongs to creativity. I put it on a t-shirt—that’s how much I believe the statement to be a fact, truth, and reality.

Google “job skills of the future” – most articles you’ll get in your search result will include creativity on the list.

Google “How to be more creative” –there won’t be a lack of results, might be how you found this post or the associated YouTube Video, but more specifically, they’re won’t be a lack of results generated from recent years and an expanded generalization of creativity and who should be tapping into it.

Twenty, maybe even ten years ago, artists, authors, musicians, and others in the creative fields were more the ones searching for ways to increase their creativity and were the primary audiences for articles, research, and books on creativity.

But that’s changed. Want to know why?

You see, creativity, like love, empathy, and compassion, has been identified as an inherently human only skill/capability.

We live, now, today, in a world where the increase use and functions of Artificial Intelligence (AI), bots, and robots have people, albeit—too small a group of people—asking critical questions about the future of jobs and humans.

AI will take over jobs, that’s a known fact. The only relevant debates on the matter are: how many, how quickly, and what will be the impact on society and the economy.

Debates about AI, robots and bots generate fascinating conversations and questions about what it means to be human—what makes us human/what is uniquely human.

No matter how much information and knowledge a system/algorithm possesses—the leap for that system to be able to do something new, original, completely different with the information is not programmable.

It takes creativity for that to take place.

Is that the definition of creativity? Creating new from nothing, the old, the normal. Imagining the possible in a different way and imagining the impossible? Seeing what’s there in a new light or seeing what’s missing?

Highly creative types have the ability to think, exist, and function in multiple states of being at the same time. Authors live in the real world and the world they imagine. Painters, photographers, musicians, and entrepreneurs, they don’t just see things as they are—they see beauty, possibilities, combinations, singularities, and process them into something else.

Be creative

Creativity comes in many different forms and is without limitations or standards.

That’s the biggest step to becoming more creative. Do not box-in the concept of creativity.

You’ll find things on this list that are on the “5 Ways to be More Open-minded” list. That’s because creativity requires both an open-mind and a growth mindset.

Ten Ways to Improve your Creativity

Novelty. Exposure to New Experiences and First Times.

Exposure to the new, original, unfamiliar, and unusual adds to what you know, understand, feel, and your skill sets. Novelty can generate bursts of creativity. Overtime, the more you are exposed to new experiences and expand your knowledge, the more depth you have to tap into for problem solving, generating ideas, and seeing things differently.

Be Curious And Stay That Way. Ask Many Questions.

Approach life, your surroundings, people, and the world with a sense of curiosity. Wonder why, how, and what. Instead of playing games on your phone—lookup how things work, why things are the way they are, and what things mean.

Most people don’t even know why things are what they are, so how can they go about making things different or coming up with creative alternatives?

Play (and) Pretend. Daydream.

The irony here is the step above because the more we know how things work and why they are what they are – the less we play (and) pretend. As kids, we play pretend all the time mimicking adult life, cartoons, stories, and whatever comes to our imaginations.

As adults, the vast majority of people stop doing that. We fall into line and behave according to all that is deemed normal, even in our daydreams.

Find ways to play (and) pretend as an adult. Engage your imagination, if only in your day dreams, to picture things completely different from what they normally are. Find kids to play with, go partake in their made up worlds, be a different character for them.

Attend a ComicCon or some other type of event that requires dressing up and pretending to be someone or something else.

Play (and) Pretend to be more creative

Read. A LOT.

Many exciting made-up worlds already exist for you to get lost in. All you have to do is crawl into bed, couch or chair and enter into those worlds.

Conduct Brainstorming Sessions

You can download a variety of apps that can help you or simply do it on your own. For example: give yourself 60 seconds to come up with as many words that start with the letter “B” as you can. Choose colors. Places. Anything that gets you brainstorming in a short period of time.

Make Things.

Get in the kitchen and cook. Get in the garage to do wood work, start a DIY project or try some other craft. It doesn’t matter what it is, just make things, no matter how bad you are at it. Creating – goes a long way in helping you be creative.

Write. Journal.

Empty what’s in your head. Journaling is an excellent way of clearing your mind. Clearing your mind allows for more thoughts, ideas, and inspiration to take shape.

You can also look into doing writing exercises from writing prompts to engage your imagination and practice the art of storytelling.

Listen to a Wide Variety of Music

Music, especially the kind you don’t normally listen to can help to send your mind journeying and wondering –even without your awareness of it.

Spend More Time in Nature.

Spending time in nature is key to helping you clear your mind. The fresh air and exercise have both been proven to effectively impact rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul. But nature is also a place of wonder and awe. Go into nature and let it surprise you!!

Sleep

Get enough sleep to reset your mind/brain. This should be the easiest thing on the list…but for some this can be a struggle.

The Wrap-Up

Creativity is no longer a skill that only a few get to be concerned about. It’s a skill everyone must work on to enhance so it’s wonderful to know there are so many ways to improve your creativity. Get started today with the #365FirstsChallenge!

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