Ways to Increase your Creativity

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Believe it or not, we all are creative. We may not have come up with something great, still creativity is within us. It's always inside us, buried somewhere. Some people’s creative abilities are closer to the surface and one can easily see the manifestations of them. Some people say that they were born as creatives. For others, it takes more time and cultivation to express creativity. Note that we can all be creative. Follow the steps listed to extract creativity as a quality from within you.

1. Change your perspective

"Think outside the box", is a phrase that's somehow popular. By the words 'Think outside of the box'. I mean that you should try looking at the situation from a different point of view. Change your perspective. Consider all factors that are affected by your problem or your concern. Try to breakdown the problem into several elements then shuffle them. Think of what would happen if an idea is replaced. This aspect is important in enhancing creativity because it helps you remove possible fixations that may hinder creativity.

2. Mentally move away from your current location

Imagine how another person would react if they were in your shoes, in the same situation for clarity. Picture how different situations would continue when dealing with the same problem. Application in different settings can be also be done; and then from there, adapt a solution to the current setting.

3. Let your imagination go further

Exercise your imagination. Modification can trigger creativity because you see things in a different light. You can also try to exaggerate or think of the extremes, be it magnification or minimization of something. Thinking of the possible differences between these two situations could produce ideas. This is the ultimate brain exercise.

4. That Spot

The environment has to be right. You should have somewhere you can focus without being unnecessarily disturbed so you can give a problem your full attention. This should extend to the people you are with. You tend to do better at something when you are with like-minded people. To put it simply, hang out with creative people to help enhance your creative abilities. Most of the time, people tend to be more creative when they are with people who are doing the same thing. If you wish to be more creative, try hanging out with creative people.

5. Count down of the minutes (Time)

You can’t rush creativity. Hurrying does not help in the outflow of ideas. Your mind tends to go into a state of slight disarray when you are trying to force things. If you are low on time, then keep a list of activities like this one close to you. Go over each of the activities and exercise each one. Give it time.

6. Communicate your ideas to others

A different view of the problem could help. Better yet, many different views! Never be shy to ask. Diversity is very helpful in relation with creativity. Organize a brainstorming session. The spontaneous generation of new ideas helps in formulation of more ideas. The products of brainstorming can be the raw material in the construction of the idea.

Remember that in brainstorming, 4 rules are followed for it to be successful:

  1. There should be no criticisms. Criticism hinders the free flow of ideas. This can be postponed until the session has ended.
  2. Modifying ideas is encouraged.
  3. In brainstorming quantity is preferred over quality.
  4. Strange ideas are encouraged.

These are some ideas to get your creative juices going. Your creativity will increase if you remove boundaries from your mind.

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