Can you increase creativity in your thinking, problem-solving, and in life?
To increase creativity, you need to do two things. First, you need to encourage it. Second, you need to train your brain. Start on both of these right now, and you can experience greater creativity today. Our brain, the way we think, is a big factor in contributing to our creativity. But have you ever been in a stressful situation and still be obliged to be creative?
As a creative entrepreneur and a mom, we sometimes face these uncertainties which cause us to panic, worry, and oftentimes shut our brain. (there goes your creative juices drying out, can you relate?)
I myself experience this every now and then I found some very effective ways that has helped me during these times.
Encourage creativity and you’ll increase creativity. This is true of most things you want to see more of in your life. Encouragement can work wonders. How do you encourage creativity, though?
First, by paying attention to it. Your subconscious mind tends to give you more of what you pay attention to. If you ignore the creative aspects of your life, you are telling your subconscious that they are unimportant. If you consciously note when you are creative, and you look for opportunities to be creative, your subconscious mind will start feeding you more creative ideas. Look for it and you’ll find more of it.
(pro tip: Look for creative ideas about a certain project. Check out online groups, Pinterest, etc)
Another way to encourage and increase creativity, is to write your ideas down.
Keep an “idea journal.” If you do this regularly, you’ll notice that you often start having more ideas the moment you start to write. A so-so idea may normally be forgotten, but by writing it down, you may remember it, your subconscious works on it, and it can transform into something very creative.
I am not sure about this but every client that I get to work with, I have my own brain dump digital journal (in the form of Trello boards) where I basically just dump them all away on there. When at times that I get stuck on something about this client, I go back to those boards and grab my inspiration from there. (if you don’t know what Trello is, girl, you are missing it big time.)
You can also encourage greater creativity in yourself by putting creative ideas into practice. If you like writing, pick a random topic then start writing about it. Don’t think about anything else, not even grammar or formatting. If you love the outdoors like me, try to go outside, walk in your backyard. The fresh air and the new perspective in front you will stimulate your creative palette. Even just driving a different route to work to see if it is quicker can help. The point is to get your mind working outside of its regular patterns.
Another way is to MAKE TIME FOR IT. Our brain dictates our creativity but to be able to get all the creative juices flowing, you need to take some time for it. Find your “creative time” and create a schedule to follow it. Let’s say, you find yourself full of ideas during the late-night hours. The quietness calms your mind and helps you to get working on these ideas. The key is to find the ideal time, make time for it, and stick to it.