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Think out of the box and improve your creativity

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Paloma Martin Ramirez

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Everyone is creative even if they do not realise it. The reason why most of us find it hard to think out of the box is because our brains are just too efficient. Logic is always our default go-to tool when coming up with ideas, even though the best ones often emerge from intuition and association.

Most people aspire to be creative and have an original insight which makes them stand out from the crowd. But is creativity a random process or is it something that can be nurtured and triggered using a variety of techniques? Most of the people conclude that we are simply not gifted with the ability to create.

But over recent years, numerous research findings have found quite definitely that creativity can indeed be learned and nurtured. Our brains just need a nudge – or several constant nudges – in order to quit being lazy and start making new connections. Scientists suggest these five things could help you unleash your creative side and get the creativity motors running.

Do things differently

Altering your daily routines can result in changes happening in your brain. If you want to come up with innovative solutions to a problem which is bothering you, then doing something as simple as changing aspects of your daily routine could lead to a creative insight. People should seek out unexpected experiences if they wish to think differently and to approach problems with a fresh perspective.

Psychologist Dr Simone Ritter from Radboud University Nijmegen has found that even just changing the way you make your usual sandwich can help boost levels of creativity.

Cut distractions

You will need to remove all distractions if you wish to trigger something new and cool. You can also try to train your brain to cut out distractions. If your attention is directed inwardly you are more likely to solve a problem with a flash of insight.

Work on mundane tasks

Another activity to help you trigger your creative brain could be to work on something that requires minimal thought. If you are stumped, take a break (also known as “creative pause”). But rather than just sitting there, you might want to take a walk or a shower or do some other activity totally different. It is proved that walking increase creativity by 81%. Steve Jobs did it. So do Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey.

Don’t be afraid to improvise and take risks

Kids have a seemingly boundless sense of imagination, turning blankets and beds into spaceships and fortresses in a matter of seconds. As we grow older, we lose this ability because our perception is boxed in by our limited experiences. As such, they need a little help getting out of normal thought patterns that have developed over the years. Exposing yourself to other industries, working in a new environment and travelling are just a few things that you can experiment from a new perspective.

Just let your mind wander

Did you know that Charles Darwin was reading Thomas Malthus’s Essay on Population for amusement when he was able to crystallise his theory of natural selection? Your idea may have been rumbling around in your unconscious mind for a while before you become aware of it, so while that ‘aha moment’ may feel instantaneous, a lot happens before you are even aware of it. If it happened to Charles Darwin, it could happen to you.

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