Dramatically Improve Your Creativity
Creativity is like a muscle. It must be stretched, challenged, and occasionally pushed past its comfort zone.
How to make your kid good at anything, according to a world expert on peak performance
K. Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying people who are exceptional at what they do, and trying to figure out how they got to be so good. His conclusion: in most cases, talent doesn’t matter—practice does.... read on as he advocates for deliberate practice and the pursuit of personal improvement via well-defined, specific goals and targeted areas of expertise.
Related topic: The Mind-Blowing Link Between Happiness and Creativity
Nurturing your child’s creativity will likely help her live a more fulfilling, happier life. More and more research is emerging on the link between happiness and creativity, and what researchers are finding is astounding.
As researchers Michael W. Ceci and V.K. Kumar state in their study, “Intrinsically motivated creative individuals are possibly happier than extrinsically motivated creative individuals. Extrinsically motivated individuals may carry more negative affect and experience stress while engaged in creative tasks.”
Working through creative blocks with Brian Eno's help
Working through creative blocks.I recently came across Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies Cards as a means to breakdown creative blocks. These are a set of cards that offer a little creative inspiration when you need it most. The deck is the brainchild of musician and artist Brian Eno. The aim is to encourage lateral thinking through a random set of phases and instructions. . For example "Try faking it!", "What to increase? What to reduce?", and "Don't be afraid of things because they're easy to do".
The real beauty is that there are no "rules" for using them. If you feel like pulling one card, pull one; if you prefer four arranged in a square and want to place more significance on the lower left on, then go for it. The idea is to just set your mind off on a tangent, and who knows where it could lead.
They would be a great to draw on a new though or direction when you're stuck. Sometimes they will spark a discussion about something entirely unrelated, but I'll eventually circle back with fresh ideas. They're a little weird and very inspiring.
Study finds walking improves creativity
Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person's creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking. The act of walking itself, and not the environment, was the main factor. Across the board, creativity levels were consistently and significantly higher for those walking compared to those sitting.
Using 20 Minutes A Day In This Way Can Hugely Improve Your Creativity And Mental Clarity
Sometimes you may find it difficult to engage your creative side or feel as though you’ve hit a wall and cannot come up with any more ideas. Other times you may get so wrapped up in your day-to-day routine and the stress that comes with it that your mental clarity is a bit foggy. Check out this page that gives you a little insight on how important the subconscious really is. Keep reading to find out how setting aside 20 minutes a day can help improve your creativity and bring you mental clarity.
How writing 750 words a day could change your life
Every morning, people around the world participate in an almost religious ritual. Shortly after waking, they curl up with a journal and pen or pencil. They start writing, and they don’t stop until they’ve filled at least three hand-written pages—about 750 words. The routine is called Morning Pages, and people ranging from journalist Oliver Burkeman to entrepreneur Tim Ferriss say it’s changed their lives.
How to Hack Your Brain for Creative Ideas...before you get out of bed
Eat. Sleep. Solve problems. Repeat. You probably spend a large part of your waking hours tackling challenges, especially when you’re at work.
Related topic: Use the Very First Hour of Your Day for Creative Work
So you are trying to write a book. Or a screenplay, or a personal essay, or, I don’t know, a sonnet. The point is: If you are trying to do some kind of creative work in addition to your regular work, you know how hard it is to find time.
Related topic: Curiosity Prepares the Brain for Better Learning
Neuroimaging reveals how the brain’s reward and memory pathways prime inquiring minds for knowledge. A new study from the University of California, Davis, suggests that when our curiosity is piqued, changes in the brain ready us to learn not only about the subject at hand, but incidental information, too.
Six Scientifically Proven Creativity Boosters
No matter what industry you spend your working life in, most of us would love to be considered a creative genius at some stage of our career, whether it's illustrious or banal. There seems to be an urban myth that a creative genius is born and not made. Some scientific research even backs this up.
Researchers at the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at Cornell University discovered that the brains of creative people have a certain characteristic that may boost creativity.
10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal
Benjamin Franklin made sure to end every day by asking “What good have I done today?” Maya Angelou only wrote in tiny hotel rooms. Jack Kerouac made sure to touch the ground nine times before writing.
Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash of brilliance or a single afternoon of inspiration. It comes from a consistent routine that serves as the bedrock for getting things done.
Making More Time to Create
Creatives with time on their hands can “lose a sense of time.” But can busy people actually create time to be more creative? How does that work? A recent study links the experience of awe to the expansion of time, and my work gives you practical ways to shape time to be more creative on cue.