We are living in a world where more and more things can be outsourced or even automated. Lifetime employment is no longer a given. You need to keep upgrading yourself to stay relevant.
A big part of them, I believe, is being creative. Being creative helps you adapt to changing situations. It helps you stand out from the crowd.
So here is my question to you:
What are your best creativity tips?
Or, put another way: How do you get creative ideas?
Please share your answer in the comments so that everyone can learn from it. Thanks!
I get creative when I’ve had some much needed down time. I’ve always required time to let ideas “stew” and then when I think that nothing is happening, something always comes. I’ve never been an “on-demand” writer. It takes time to develop my full “idea”. I also talk out loud when I need to work through something; this can drive other people mad-dogs love it!!
I like your idea of having down time to get creative ideas. That helps us see things from a fresh perspective. Thanks for sharing, Tammy!
my greatest hobby is writing devotional and motivational books for youths and families. I read other religious writer a lot and then get ideas. I also use internet intensively in matters of family and youths. then I conduct live seminars with the materials I develop and lo! it gives me much delight. above all, I read my bible deeply because that is the only book that gives people the meaning of life if truly believed and followed.
It’s good to know how you develop the ideas for your books. Thanks for sharing, pastor Festus!
I thank God for this opportunity. God bless you. Amen.
I usually go by this quotation… ‘necessity is a master of all creation’
Surely when there is a need, our brains are put to task! I think so.
I agree with you. Necessity gives us a sense of urgency to come up with something creative. Thanks for the idea, Moses!
I get inspiration from nature and on holiday
Those are two good sources of creative ideas. Thanks, Mary!
Writing from a problem-solving perspective I have the following to offer regarding creativity:
I am an early riser and typically in the office by 5:00 a.m. Under ideal conditions, if I have a challenge to resolve on my mind, I’ll minimize distractions during my morning commute of about 30 minutes. Radio off or on a classical music station on low. At that time of day, it’s unlikely that I will receive many calls or texts, but I’ll silence my phone, and have it set on a voice recording app. As ideas worthy of additional consideration cross my mind, I will verbalize and record brief versions of them. Upon arrival at work, I’ll write them down. Periodically through the day I’ll read over them and jot down further thoughts regarding them. If time and conducive circumstances allow for it during that day, I’ll flesh them out in a casual outline or bullet format. I may bounce them off a work associate during the workday or my spouse in a quiet moment in the evening.
Upon arrival at the office the next morning, in the first two hours I am in the office, I can anticipate only rare interruptions, so I’ll play classical music as I research any related items I have identified as needed and time permitting, document my conclusions in a simple white paper format or a standard format if needed.
I have also found that while necessity may be the mother of invention, her twin offspring of urgency and importance in turn spawn real creativity. Without them, problems are often resolved with minimal brain activity expended and ingenuity employed.
I’m glad to learn about your creative process. Thanks for the detailed explanation, Paul!
i call myself as a creative person but i am very poor in taking action. what shall i do?
Maybe you can break down the action into small steps? That way you will know what to do next and you won’t feel overwhelmed.
I often find that creativity is an emergent experience. If I plant a seed (or someone else does), observe it from multiple angles through my own perspectives or others’, and then let it rest…even for a moment…new concepts or considerations will begin to come forward. This has been valuable for decision making or the creation of new designs or processes. Creativity seems inter-connected with that ability and willingness to use critical thinking coupled with a letting go of the ego and pre-conceived beliefs.
That’s a very interesting way to look at it. Thanks for the insight, Cynthia!
I dont have any idea how can i be creative really ?? What do i need to be creative ??
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