When it comes to art vs. brain, we think in terms of portions of brain. The brain’s left part is supposed to be dealing with art. The right portion deals with logic. There are people who have either dominant art side or logic side. Debates have been going on whether the left or portion of brain actually deals with art or logic.
According to philosophical explanation, the creative element is associated with unrelated thoughts or ideas. It is also basis of innovation. According to modern studies, having a creative side has also been linked with survival. For example, if humans weren’t innovative in old eras, we wouldn’t be having so many inventions.
We link boosting creativity to odd or eccentric behavior. We also think that day dreaming is a part of creativity. This is true in a sense. However, the creativity which is employed in work has four parts. Clarifying, ideating, development of idea and finally its implementation give a whole pragmatic view to creativity. However, it is also worth mentioning that development of these skills is not taught in schools. We have to be self reliant to boost creativity.
Given below are several tips for everybody to enhance their creativity. Using these tips and hacks for creativity, you can make your 2018 a wonderful year. Hopefully by the end of year, you will become a creative genius.
1. The six thinking hats:
A brilliant psychologist formed the basis of this concept. Edward de Bono introduced the concept of six thinking hats for creativity. He published this in his book called, “Six thinking hats”. These exercises are psychological. They force our brain to move out of traditional thinking block. They form an excellent foundation for boosting creativity.
* White hat: This step involves focusing on the data which is already present. Linking the data to past trends and drawing conclusions is the key. The purpose is to fill any knowledgeable gap.
*Red hat: The red hat step focuses on using your intuition. You are supposed to pair your intuition with emotion and gut reaction. It is also crucial to think how others may respond. Form an idea.
* Black hat: You then have to be critical. Think how this idea won’t work. Think of all possible ways.
* Yellow Hat: See the positive side of this idea. What are the benefits of this idea you just formed?
* Green Hat: Become crazy with your ideas. Literally for a few moments, let your imagination run wild. Form unusual solutions. Who knows this may be the key to your solution. One of the ideas may be a jack spot.
*Blue Hat: You now have to imagine yourself as a leader of thinking group. How will you let others come up with solutions?
2. Change your patterns:
When you are constantly consumed by an idea, it will hinder your working pattern. Just focus on getting the task done without obsessing with it.
Suppose you have been writing articles for consecutive days. After each article, you have to take break. Let your mind wander off to unknown valleys of thinking. Make sure you don’t switch to negative thoughts.
Some modern studies showed the importance of day dreaming. Day dreaming led to more creative problem solving.
3. Enjoy your work:
Unless you learn to enjoy your work, you won’t get far. All you will do is get to a point where frustration will take over. Infuse your work with your purpose.
I have found myself getting frustrated time to time when I started focusing on things like time or how much I have to cover. My half energy was spent in worrying over something. It was like 80% problems were due to 20% problems.
I found that by focusing on things which actually matter, we can get far. For example, if you are writing articles, you will want to focus only on writing. If you start worrying about how many words covered in how much time, it will be frustrating in the middle. You will never be able to finish it. Detaching your mind from worries takes time, but it is worth your energy. This will also boost your creativity.
3. Self Challenge:
When you let your mind wander off too often, you will not be able to produce any good results. This is because there is no growth without challenges.
You have got to let yourself be involved in the challenges. Set simple goals and then focus on achieving them. Trust me on one thing. When you are doing the task, just focus on task itself. If you want it finished before time, please start early. There is no other way. Self made challenges trigger your innovative side. They teach you to learn on your own by innovative methods.
4. Self Understanding:
When you understand your own self, you will start working properly in this world. This works even better in case of creativity.
Knowing the environment and your own triggers will boost up your performance. You will know how to react in a certain situation. You will also avoid things which hinder your creativity.
Self knowledge is very crucial. Our creativity is fueled by many things. Those things are different in case of everyone. Know which things entice creativity within you.
5. Brain Nourishment:
A healthy body will have a healthy mind. Unless you adopt a healthy routine, your brain will not function properly. A spent mind will not be much of help in boosting creativity. You will need to nourish your brain.
Spend some time daily in doing creative tasks which enhance your brain. They will be very helpful in long run. Avoid things which impede your brain from thinking properly.