How To Boost Your Creativity: Things To Avoid
My series on boosting your creativity is one of the most popular on Organize IT. In the previous three parts, I looked at the basics, inspirational locations and the attitudes you should adopt to foster creativity. For this post I want to cover the subject from a different angle and look at those issues that have the opposite effect on your creativity so that you can avoid them in your day-to-day life.
- Lack of sleep
It’s one of the most obvious problems that dampen creative thought, but also the one thing most likely to affect people on a daily basis in their lives. A tired brain is a slow brain that is unable to take in all those inspirational ideas and process them effectively.
- Tension and stress
This is another problem creative types can face, especially in the workplace where deadlines and other external pressures can really interfere in the creative process. Give yourself plenty of time for your work and be sure to take breaks if you need it.
- Poor tools
We should all use various tools to help our creativity, whether it be a notepad to jot down ideas or a camera to take shots of any inspiring images. However, if you have poor quality tools that aren’t appropriate to your needs they will be more of an hindrance than anything. For example, if your notepad is small and constantly falling apart, you’ll be spending more time keeping pages together and trying to decrypt your small etchings, than actually doing anything constructive.
- Trying too hard
It’s very difficult to force yourself to be creative, because more often than not it’s the one spark that seemingly comes out of nowhere which will provide the inspiration you need. While there are plenty of ways to encourage creativity, if you actually try to force yourself into coming up with ideas, then you are less likely to think of any.
There is no one guaranteed way to be creative and more often than not, different circumstances require different approaches to come up with ideas. While it is often good to be organized don’t restrict yourself by totally systematizing your approach. If you find yourself in an suppressive work environment you may not be allowed to think outside the box.
This post is one of a four part series on boosting your creativity. Part 1 looks at the basics, part 2 details inspirational locations you can visit for a creative boost, part 3 covers what attitude and personality will serve you best, and the final part looks at things you should avoid if you want to take your creativity to the next level.