6 Ways to Get Creative Today

Modern culture tends to label creativity as a natural gift. But in reality, creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any other. The more you make creativity part of your daily life, the more it will grow.

Huffington Post gave us 8 great ways to incorporate creativity into your life today:

1. Doodle
Doodling, contrary to popular opinion, does not demonstrate a lack of focus. In fact, doodling can help you stay present and engaged during an activity in which you might otherwise find your mind drifting.

2. Sign Up for a Class
Creativity flourishes when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone and learn something new. Many communities offer evening adult education classes. Try painting, pottery, woodworking, learning a new language, picking up a new instrument, or taking a cooking class.

3. Create the Right Environment
The truth is that every single individual can be creative. You simply require the right environment, stimulus, and support. Kids are awash with creative energy in part because they have not yet learned to fear the criticism of their peers or experienced embarrassment from failure. This is now why failure is lauded in adults-it reflects creative, risk-taking endeavors.



4. Move Your Body
Try new approaches to creative problem solving. Go for a walk. Physically move your body and consider your project problem from different locations. Physical movement has been shown to have a positive affect on creative thinking, just as theater pros suggest practicing lines in different poses and positions to generate new character approaches.

5. Sketch
Sketching is a great way to preserve memories and make constructive use of time that might otherwise be spent fiddling on a phone. Buy a small sketchbook that can easily fit in your bag and start sketching whenever you have even a few spare minutes-draw the salt and pepper shaker on your table while waiting for your coffee. Don’t overanalyze your results-simply draw for the enjoyment of the process, not the end piece.

6. Keep Toys on Your Desk
Many creative design companies encourage employees to keep toys on their desks-from Legos to Play-Doh and origami paper. Building something physically with your hands, as opposed to typing on a keyboard, can be just the creative jolt you need.

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