Every one of us is ‘bestowed’ with creative intelligence that for the most part is under utilized due to other responsibilities and busy lifestyles. This is not to make excuses for the under-utilization of our creative skills but merely an exclamation as to why they are not used more often. The thinking process associated with producing creativity and innovation requires a degree of focus along with a relaxed state of mind. The world we live in today, with hectic work schedules and other life responsibilities is very demanding on both our time and focus. In order to promote our own ability for thinking outside the box and spawn the creativity we seek within ourselves deliberate measures sometimes need be taken.
Here are 5 ways that you can help your mind gain separation from the demands and chaos that preoccupy it to help discover the creativity and innovation within you.
Unplug from the Internet
The internet barrages you with news and information thereby taking control of your thoughts. Escape and let your mind wander, ponder and create on its own without disruptive stimuli! It is difficult control your thinking process when it is busy ‘processing’ incoming information.
Physical activity offers very little downside in terms of health and also offers the opportunity for your brain to function more clearly. Along with exercising being good for the body it also helps to increase the flow of blood to the brain which helps to boost your thinking.
Take a Walk
The peace and tranquility will soothe your mind allowing it to ‘create’ as oppose to ‘process’ which is what it normally does when surrounding by chaos. The ‘passive’ stimuli Mother Nature presents such as a bird in flight, a running stream, or peace and quiet is more conducive to creativity than ‘disruptive’ stimuli. Oh and by the way the physical activity will benefit you as well!
Gain Separation from the Work Environment
The work environment is structured in a way that symbolizes related issues and functions and therefore ‘triggers’ your mind to focus on just these areas. This structure as a result places limitations on our ability to think more expansively which allows for the flow of more creativity and innovation. Since the mind is now otherwise occupied it can not be expected to create.
Removing yourself from this environment helps reduce the ‘triggers’ associated with it allowing the mind to function more ‘freely’ leading to greater creativity.
Get Plenty of Rest
A fatigued or stressed mind will not work properly but a mind with plenty of rest or at least resting is more prone to creativity.
In order to ‘rediscover’ the creative intelligence hidden within you it is often necessary to take deliberate actions to filter out the chaos. Life as it is, places many demands upon our time making it difficult to relax and focus. This restricts our ability for thinking outside the box which invariably produces innovative thought. The 5 suggestions discussed above offer ways in which you can better create an environment that promotes a more creative thinking process. More time than not the solution is found in our own recognition that our creative skills are being suppressed by our hectic schedules. By addressing this preoccupation of our minds, as suggested above, we can better realize the potential of our own creativity.