5 Odd Ways to Boost Creativity
Those of us in a creative profession don’t have the luxury of waiting around for the muse to visit. Creativity is our lifeblood and needs to be respected as any other resource. Whether you need creativity for your work, life, or both, try some of these ways to help keep your mojo flowing.
Look at something blue or green
Colors have an effect on our creativity. Specifically, the colors blue and green. Blue and green both have subconscious links in our minds that affect our thought processes. Blue is associated with openness and freedom as we perceive in the sky and oceans, and green is associated with growth and life as seen in nature and plants Interestingly, both studies showed that gender made no difference on the results.
Gesture with your hands
Creative thinking is a fluid process, whereas analytical thought is considered more rigid. Bodily movement can have an influence on cognitive processing, with fluid movement leading to fluid thinking and increased creativity.
Live in a different country
Many of us have experienced eye-opening moments during travel to new countries or locations. Multicultural learning promotes people’s idea flexibility, increases awareness of underlying connections and helps overcome fixed ideas and concepts. If you’ve been considering a student exchange or working in a different country, this is another great reason to put your plans into action. Your trip may have more significance to your life than it seems on the surface.
Work when you’re tired
This may go against popular advice, but it’s been shown that people have greater creative problem solving ability during non-optimal times of day compared to optimal times of day. Try mixing up your schedule and see where it takes you. If you’re a morning person, break out your creative project after dinner. And for night owls, set your alarm and see what you can achieve at the crack of dawn.
Have you ever felt like you don’t fit in? It turns out this can actually be a fuel for creativity. Individuals perform more creatively following social rejection compared to inclusion because these people have a strong independent self-concept. They valued individuality and did not place much importance on being part of a group. Artists’ retreats, taking the uninterrupted time you need to complete a creative project, or even silent meditation can all help provide personal space and allow your creativity to flourish.