Ways to improve creativity

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  • 1. Were all creative, theres no doubt about that. Nobody is born without creative tendencies and abilities ..... Follow the simplest 15 ways to groom your CREATIVITY .

2. 1. Carry a Notebook Everywhere 3.

  • Without doubt, the best way to stay creative is to keep a notebook with you at all times. Dont use it to write your shopping list in or anything else for that matter: carry it just for jotting down new ideas

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  • You never know when a brainwave is going to strike, so you have to be ready. Just knowing that youve got an ideas notebook in your pocket will keep your subconscious creative mind ticking over .

5. 2. Consume Culture 6.

  • Reading, visiting art galleries, watching movies, going to the theatre and other cultural pursuits are great fun. Furthermore, theyre the key to improving creativity
  • Not only will you be inspired by how others have channelled their creative juices, youll be able to borrow certain themes and ideas for use in your own work.

7. 3. Seek Out New Experiences 8.

  • Constantly seek new experiences in your daily life to broaden your creative horizon. Try a new hobby every six months, travel to experience different cultures and ideas, and try new foods and drinks.
  • If you enjoy classical music, try going to a nightclub which plays dance music. If you enjoy reading romantic novels, try reading some crime fiction for a change.

9. 4. Break the Routine 10.

  • Having a routine is great, but its important not to have one thats so rigid and repetitive that you rarely get a chance to experience new things.
  • Experiment with working, relaxing and socialising in different places, at different times.

11. 5. Brainstorm 12.

  • Write the title of a piece of work at the top of a page and let ideas start to spill. Dont think about what youre writing, just spend 15 minutes or so getting down everything that pops into your head, asking yourself all the important who, what, where, when, why and how questions.
  • Afterwards, review what youve written, picking out the best ideas.

13. 6. Mind Map 14.

  • A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas and the relationships between them in a visual way.
  • It can be particularly valuable to create a mind map from all of the ideas youve come up with in your brainstorming session, although some people prefer to start with the mind map itself.

15. 7. Contrast Conflicting Ideas 16.

  • If youre struggling to come up with any new ideas, why not start with two or three old ones. Write out each old idea onto paper, place them side by side and compare.
  • Take the best elements of each and incorporate them into something completely new.

17. 8. Discuss Ideas 18.

  • No freelancer is an island. If you want to stay at your creative peak, you need to regularly run your ideas past other people.
  • If you cant come up with anything at all, why not try brainstorming in a group, bouncing ideas off each other.

19. 9. Talk to Everyone 20.

  • Discuss ideas with fellow professionals by all means, but dont be scared to ask totally random people too. If youre finding it hard to come up with someone new, try speaking to people in social circle.

21. 10. Find Your Creative Peak 22.

  • Some people are most creative first thing in the morning, for others its directly after lunch, and for others still its just before bed. You need to identify when youre at your most and least creative and use this to your advantage.

23. 11. Take Regular Breaks and Exercise 24. 12. Use the Right Stationery 25. 13. Find Your Creative Space 26.

  • Search to find the place where youre most creative. This might be a library, a park, a museum or simply on a public bench at the end of your road.
  • If you work best in an office, make sure its really peaceful, with good lighting and a comfortable chair.

27. 14. Be Confident 28.

  • Dont be scared to run with ideas which might seem stupid at first. The worlds most creative people have had to stick to their guns, ignoring naysayers to make their dreams a reality.
  • If youre confident and assertive, people will think twice about your ideas before disregarding them off hand.

29. 15. Stimulate Your Brain 30.

  • Like every other part of your body, your brain needs regular exercise to stay at its sharpest and most focused.
  • Doing crosswords, sudoku puzzles and even playing Brain Training type computer games during periods of downtime can be conducive to creativity throughout working hours

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