Can you become more creative? The answer is a definite yes!

Creativity is still a very mysterious force. We don’t understand how it works, but research has shown how we can create the conditions that attract the creative muse. Once again rhythm is the key. Creating a rhythm between right and left-brain, a rhythm between focus and stepping away/re-energizing.

The Creative Formula:

  1. Immerse yourself in the problem you are trying to solve, gather all the information, details, and requirements, and clarify the intended result or goal. [This is the left-brain portion of the process]
  2. Focus on the problem (1.5 hours to 2 hours at most)
  3. Take a break. Step away from the problem and engage in an energizing activity – go for a walk, etc. [This is the right-brain portion of the process]
  4. Repeat as necessary

Research has shown that creative breakthroughs almost always come when you have stepped away from the problem – when you are cooking, showering, gardening, etc. These are the times when the sub-conscious can work its magic and come up with creative solutions. Make sure you have a note-pad or your phone recorder handy. You never know when the creative spirit will strike!

What techniques do you use to ignite your creativity?

You can find my previous Essential Skills Posts here.