People can be forgiven for thinking there is a clear line that divides creative people from the rest. However, the truth is that creativity is a spectrum. While a rare few truly lack any semblance of creativity, the majority of mankind expresses at least some sort of creative streak.
When one is faced with a particular task that is tightly connected to a creative outlet, it can be surprising to discover that they are not only good at it, but that they also enjoy it. The very nature of human beings is to create and here are six ways to be creative absolutely all the time.
Listen to classical music
Classical music has gained a bad rap – as the official soundtrack of the pretentious. However, you should know that listening to classical music can have a profound effect on your creative thinking.
Since we live in the time when the internet and digital devices are all around us, all you need to do is go online and find an appropriate relaxing soundtrack from a historical era known as Common practice period (between circa 1600 and 1900) – which includes Baroque, Classical and Romantic music.
Interestingly enough, Classical music has morphed into an umbrella term that replaced Common practice period in the vernacular, and even though this is technically incorrect, it can hardly be stopped by now. The music from this period calms the neural waves and helps the brain develop new and surprising trails of thought.
Believe it or not, cooking is an incredible way to get your creative juices going. They say the mind works best when your hands are busy, and cooking can be a very mechanical yet very sophisticated process that helps you go Zen and find an ingenious solution for a variety of problems that belong to the creative outlet of your choosing.
Gathering ingredients, peeling, mixing, frying and cooking are some of the most quintessential activities of civilized humans, and your creative mind will be very grateful if you take it up.
Write literally every day
The world’s leading experts in psychology claim that writing every day can help you learn how to form your thoughts better and solidify knowledge. While typing is a default way to write right now, it is a known fact that sitting in front of an oak wood desk with a fine piece of paper in front of you and a set of acid free calligraphy pens right next to it is the best “canvas” for giving your thoughts a concrete form.
The picture painted in this example might sound a bit too much, but you get the point. Start writing every day and don’t stop – after a short while, you’ll see your creativity soar.
Buy a notebook for doodling
Have you started writing your daily journal? Good. Now go out and buy another notebook and make sure the pages are completely blank, no lines or squares. This notebook is reserved exclusively for doodling. Buy a packet of pens or pencils – whichever floats your boat – and use them to draw constantly as you think.
The important thing is not to think about what you are drawing and to turn the page whenever you feel like it. The drawings can range from faces to abstract shapes but the meaning of it as a whole is inconsequential since it is a process to help you think creatively.
Learn how to be sociable
Being a hermit or a loner is not good for creativity no matter what you read online. The truth is you do not have to be sociable to be very creative, but you can definitely improve your creativeness by learning how to be sociable.
Develop conversational tools and an assertive approach so you can go out into the world, meet people that think completely different from you and challenge them to endless conversations and discussions about a variety of topics. The less you know about the topic and the more it makes you feel uncomfortable – the better.
Try to mix it up by reading historical novels, horror short stories, psychology books and instruction manuals on plumbing. Learn as much as you can and your creative thinking will grow proportionally with the number of pages you have devoured.
Even though it would be kind of a stretch to compare creativity to fitness, you can certainly view your creative trait as a muscle. It needs to be honed, developed and strengthened, but this needs to be done under the right circumstances. This is why you should try at least three out of these six ways to be creative absolutely all the time. The results in the long run might astonish you.