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6 Simple Techniques That Will Make You More Creative

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6 Simple Techniques That Will Make You More Creative

Creativity is the driver of human progress. Without creative individuals thinking of innovative technologies and solutions, we would have been stuck in a cave rather than enjoying the comforts of an air-conditioned room. Think about it for a minute. 

The first person who invented the wheel changed the whole world. And he or she invented it because they looked at a piece of log and decided that it should be cut into round shapes for better mobility when attached to a platform. If they continued to look at the wood just as wood alone, then maybe the thought of using it to create a wheel might never have entered their mind.

Even though we have progressed very far, creative thinking is still an important ingredient of success, whether it was the thought process that led to the creation of the atom bomb which gifted America victory in WWII or the Windows operating system created by Bill Gates that revolutionized computing prowess in the world, creativity is the key. 

And if you are someone who is struggling to think creatively and come up with new, radical ideas to improve your life or the situation you’re surrounded with, then the following six techniques can help you open up your mind.

1. Accumulate more knowledge

6 Simple Techniques That Will Make You More Creative

Being creative requires that you have good enough knowledge about a wide range of topics. Someone who is only focused on computer engineering has a far lower chance of coming up with new, creative ideas when compared to someone who knows computer engineering, web server management, and online marketing. 

While the first person will remain limited to being a chemical engineer, the latter might think of combining some computer engineering concepts with online server management to create an entirely new product or service, which they can market on a social media platform. These niches might sound random, but you never know what comes from the most bizarre of combinations.

So, do yourself a favor and start learning and understanding new things rather than only being limited to your working knowledge. As you explore hitherto unknown areas, you will start connecting the various information, helping you come up with new ideas or radical solutions to existing problems. Did I mention it is also fun to learn about new topics? When you learn new topics for just the sake of it, it takes the pressure of application away, making it more fun.

2. Answer essential questions of a topic

6 Simple Techniques That Will Make You More Creative

An easy way to make yourself think creatively is first to analyze a topic based on a few essential questions. These essential questions include – how, what, why, when, where, and who. So, if you are tasked with understanding a market for a new product to be launched by your company, look at the market and ask yourself the following type of questions: 

  • Why should there be a demand for your product in the market?
  • Who will want to buy your product? Who will not buy your product?
  • How will your product be sold to the people? How will it be marketed?
  • Where will your product be sold, in all shops or at franchise stores alone?
  • When will the product be launched?
  • What will be the price of your product? What will be the benefits of using your product?

The checklist will allow you to start thinking about a topic. The more you think about it, the more you will question it until you understand the situation completely. And in the process, you might come up with creative ways to launch and market your product.

3. Get back to nature

6 Simple Techniques That Will Make You More Creative

Try taking a break and spending some time in nature. It can be a hike for just a few hours. Or even a long walk. But as long as it involves you walking in the forest and breathing in the fresh air, the trip should do you good. 

Make it a regular activity, and your creative thinking abilities are very likely to get a boost. In fact, some neuroscience studies suggest that spending time in natural surroundings can boost problem solving and creativity of a person by up to 50%. That is definitely a good improvement considering that the only thing you have to do is to spend some time among the trees.

And many scientists have a good explanation for it. Apparently, being stuck in the concrete jungle of the cities, surrounded by numerous Wi-Fi devices and electronic equipment, dampens a section of the brain that deals with high-level creative thinking. 

Hence, taking some time off from the city, and heading over to the forest is seen as a good way to get the front part of the brain to utilize itself to the fullest potential. So, the next time you feel like you are unable to think anything new – just hit the road.  

4. Join a creative community

6 Simple Techniques That Will Make You More Creative

One of the best ways to start thinking creatively is to join a creative community. You should preferably look for a group which has no qualms with being supportive of any idea. For example, someone might come up with an idea to use ants as an investigative tool by hooking it up with a tiny camera and sending it into sensitive locations to gather information. 

Someone else might voice an idea which requires people to beg on the streets for a day to understand the mind of a beggar. Whatever ideas they may be, as long as the community is tolerant of hearing out wildly varying opinions and offering beneficial feedback and suggestions, it is definitely a group you should join.

Having like-minded creative people around you has many benefits. For one, you won’t restrict your thinking. Instead, you will learn to embrace and express it fully. Second, the people who hear out your ideas and concepts will offer their viewpoints too. And this can lead to brainstorming sessions that can lead you forward into newer concepts.

5. Keep an ‘idea-book’ handy

6 Simple Techniques That Will Make You More Creative

Always keep an ‘idea-book’ handy. An ‘idea-book’ is essentially a small, easy to carry notepad that you can write down your ideas. No matter where you are, whether at home, office, traveling on the train, or anywhere else, jot down ideas as soon as they pop up in your mind. It need not be anything revolutionary. 

The ideas can be as ludicrous and out of the world as they possibly can, but you must make it a point to record it in your book. The purpose of this exercise is not to find a solution to any problem you are currently having but to simply unlock your limitless thinking potential.

For example, when traveling by bus, you might notice that people in the bus are often hooked onto their smartphones, having minimal interest in interacting with others. And suddenly you might come up with an idea for an app that makes it easier and safer for people to connect with strangers on a bus. 

Note the idea in your pad. It does not matter whether you will follow it up and actually create an app. By simply writing down ideas, you are reassuring the mind that thinking creatively or differently is okay.

After a few weeks or months, when you take out your book and read all the things you have written, you will definitely be amazed at the ideas and thoughts that came up in your mind in your observations of the world. And by that time, coming up with new ideas and concepts will be natural to you.

6. Look at things differently

6 Simple Techniques That Will Make You More Creative

The simplest way to become more creative is to train yourself to look at things differently. A mind that does not question anything, and simply accepts whatever is fed into it is a mind of a person who has no potential to be creative. Having a different viewpoint about a thing can truly help you understand it more, while also helping you expand your creative thinking process.

For example, imagine that you are a peace officer tasked with ending the conflict between two warring clans in an African jungle. The normal course of action will be to first determine what the source of the conflict is, then to contact each group and try to resolve the differences between them by bringing them to a middle ground. 

Now, if the conflict has been brewing for decades, then it will be a long time before both clans even agree to sit together.

So, abandon such linear, straightforward thoughts, and start looking at the conflict from a different perspective. The people in your peacekeeping mission might be asking themselves, “why are these two clans fighting.” Instead of focusing on that, you should ask yourself, “why haven’t these two clans killed off each other even though they have been fighting for decades?”

By asking this, you focus on finding out what is common between the clans rather than the differences between them, like other people have been doing till now. And eventually, you might find some common ground that brings both the clans together. 

For example, you might discover that both clans share a common myth of their ancestors having come from afar off, dreamy place. You can then use the myth to bring the clans together by reminding them that they are brothers and sisters of the same ancestor.

So, no matter what you are tasked with, train yourself to look at the subject matter from different perspectives, and you will come up with newer ways to deal with them in whatever way you wish. And in the process, you will become more creative in your thinking.  

Takeaway

Tapping into your creativity boils down to letting your brain think without any restrictions and giving yourself time to actually stop and think. Jotting down everything is the best way to get everything out there and free your mind up for new ideas. You can develop something great from your most outrageous thought.

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Do you Want to Change your Status to Active this Pandemic

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Since early childhood, adolescence, and adulthood one is constantly pushed to achieve smaller and larger goals. This push takes the form of a motivational factor that helps an individual grow and move ahead in their day to day activities, to feel content, happy, and alive. But, sometimes these motivational factors could be hindered due to various elements and situations. This effect turns into demotivated behavior, further manifest in various physical and mental forms that hinder their well-being. The constant build-up of this demotivated mindset reflects in an individual in how they approach the daily task of getting up, feeling anxious to complete their routines, and go about their day. Hence motivation is an important driving force to accomplish any action. According to Kendra Cherry, an educational consultant in her article titled “What is Motivation” published in Verywell Mind describes ‘Motivation’ as a force that pushes you to act, initiate and guide goal-oriented behavior. In her article, she further focuses on two types of motivations extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation is an external driving force that pushes a person to work. Theses motivators could be rewards such as praise, money, recognition. While intrinsic motivation would be pushing to try something new, or the mere satisfaction that one gets with a task. Hence the internal push to complete the given task.

Similarly, motivation is an important asset required for a smooth functioning workplace, without which the productivity levels amongst their employees would drop. The growing pandemic crisis, foreign to many, has had a toll on the productivity levels of employees. With the shift to an online base as well as work from home situations the concerns of both the organization and employees increase. Humans by nature are known to be social beings. Hence seeing other people work around makes one introspect and motivates themselves. But, with the sudden isolation, individuals seem to have a hard time adjusting and hence have been slacking in their work. An added factor is that many employees have even been sacked, as companies have been trying to cope with this epidemic and its repercussion on them. Which has drastically dropped the motivation factors for many, as this had an effect on their confidence. Levels of productivity drop during work from home, explained by an article posted by welcome to the jungle, the article emphasizes that fewer rewards, micromanagement and lack of team spirit affect individuals working from home. Companies have even been concerned about their employee’s mental health issues in the past, but with the growing demotivation, mental health concerns have been on a rise. This is due to the state of work, where many are unable to reach deadlines, procrastinate, having increasing panic and anxiety levels. Hence as an extrinsic force companies need to find new ways to push their employees. 

For the ones working from home this shift in their environment, and scenery has made them confused and lack energy. The home environment might not be pleasant for many to work in while others would be missing their colleagues and their office. With the ongoing crisis, we lose motivation due to the panic and anxiety from thinking about the future. They worry about their job, family, friends start to cloud their mind adding to this, one starts to seem unfocused with the growing distractions in the surroundings. These distractions could be of various kinds, which would lead to one feeling lazy and procrastinate and hence lose productivity. Therefore on an intrinsic level, individuals need to apply various coping strategies to push themselves and to be more productive. 

During the normal working of companies, they have had activities and events to promote motivational behavior in their employees. Due to the current online shift, there needs to be a more unique and creative method to indulge them. These methods could be having online office parties, where individuals can come and interact with their peers, have a one on one with various employees and talk to them about things apart from work, promote other activities such as online courses, readings, etc., to keep them engaged and break the monotonous routine, finally have a more free-flowing communication and interaction with them. In terms of work-related encouragement, organizations could let workers control their schedule, while still maintaining deadlines, making the effort to reach out to them and ask about their online weekly plan, and commitment and helping them sort their schedules from time to time.

While on an individual level, employees need to declutter their home routine. Trying to focus on themselves while giving time to work as well. They need to be kind to themselves, as the situation at hand can be quite frustrating. Having a schedule in place as well as indulging in tasks that would excite them apart from work needs to be done. Having persistent movement in terms of the body by exercising at home, meditating, and also joining online yoga or Zumba classes can be quite helpful. As this would help them stay guided and increase energy levels. Apart from this one should strive to break the routine by reading, joining constructive online courses, and also increase online human interaction. Mental health should not be taken for granted, there needs to be open communication between the organization and the individual as these times are hard on everyone, but we need to work together to surpass this. Organizations need to have online counseling sessions, and individuals should try to be open about these sessions.  

Final Thoughts 

It is the onus of the organization and the self to build motivation in such unfortunate situations. Organizations and employees need to work together to push past these situations and help one another. This is possible to maintain by having feedback from both parties, as this would help understand what would work best for the onscreen future. 

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Ways to Stay Motivated During Pandemic

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Motivation is the kick-start one needs to execute his daily tasks and when lacking, can certainly take things downhill.

Depression

Anxiety

Stress

Mood swings

Thoughts of quitting

Uncertainties

Doubts

These emotions are very common for one to experience when locked up in a house of four walls for around 90 days.

A day without inspiration can make you feel like a failure and that you aren’t working to your optimum. What is there to read here is, machines break down too because of constant wear and tear, you are a human and your unproductive days don’t reflect your negligence. Instead, they are your body’s way of indicating the red-signal of overwork.

In times of low encouragement, it becomes necessary to take care of your mental health. A strong and calm mind at peace is the key to work effectively and efficiently.

Read through a few things listed below that you could resort to, to bounce back in action.

Most importantly, accept and embrace your present condition. It’s you who has to be okay with the fact that you cannot always be at the top of the work ladder. Like it is said – ‘It is okay to be not okay’. Acceptance is the first step towards overcoming a shortfall.

The second in line is to embrace this feeling. Accepting and pushing it in a corner does no good, rather it affects your immunity towards stress. Let your mind and body feel the laziness and the inertness.

It’s like applying the law of diminishing marginal utility – consuming the item until you no more feel the need of having it.

The key to a healthy mind is a nutritious food and plenty of fluids. Eating proper and in regular intervals keeps your form intact and chances of losing focus reduces.

Once you are full, it’s important to stay woke and digest the meal so as to not feel sleepy again. Maintain a strict yet flexible exercise routine to stay fit and away from usual illness.

Normally a light or a loose day is when you don’t have a set pattern to follow. Your work isn’t prioritized appropriately and you end up eating your ‘me’ time stressing over the fact that it’s too much to complete and you are just there wasting time.

A break from usual activities is necessary to relax.

An insight into what you are outside of your office is essential to not lose touch with your real self. During this, you could decide to spend time with your family and connect virtually with your friends too, however it is recommended to not blend in both.

In a span of 24 hours out of which if your office hours include 8-9, a slot for your oneself and family/friends can definitely be separately divided. This will not only give you more time to spend out of work but also be a good way to schedule your free time.

Oh, how we love to binge-watch web series! Take that love and squeeze it to the last drop. Revisit your favorite shows and movies to keep the sense of authenticity alive.

It is extremely important to know and understand your own capacity. Ambition and high standards are good however in the short term these can impact you negatively if not achieved. Listing down short and achievable goals not only are easy but also help boost your morale, giving you the push that is very much needed.

‘No news is a good news’ – one remains unaffected until he is brought face to face with the harsh reality. Hence, it is advised to stay away from social media and news. I am not referring to complete closure, but anything in excess is dangerous thus limited exposure to media and channels will pose beneficial.

Lastly, talking about a point that I mentioned earlier – it is essential to keep a check on your mental health. Many times this is considered to be a taboo which is why people are afraid of being judged if they come out clean. What they don’t realize is this is ultimately doing more damage to their own mind space.

There’s no shame in speaking about what you truly feel and what are the various things that trouble you. In fact, sharing struggles help you feel light and once your mind is empty, it clears a pathway for ideas and solutions to flow.

Take professional help if need be. These are the people who are meant to listen to you and are trained to guide you in the right manner for dealing with stress. If you aren’t comfortable with this, just talking to a family member or a trusted friend also perfectly substitutes the above.

Covid-19 is a severe situation and is getting under the nerves of a lot of people. With nation-wide lock-down and social-distancing and work from home, things have been a bit dicey. There is no certainty of what might happen the next moment and thus extra caution and attention to the well-being of self is the need of the hour.

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Why You Should Consider Adopting Strays over Buying Pets?

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Adopting: What it Means?

Have you ever felt that feeling of intense bliss run over your soul when your puppy comes running to you at the end of the day? Or when your cat purrs sweetly right across your chest while you unwind after long hours of work? Even if you don’t have a furry friend or any other one at home, don’t you wish to live such moments of bliss?

Pets are one of the most rewarding experiences in our life. Through their incredibly kind and innocent ways of being, they give that inner peace we all crave for. If you look into your dog’s eyes, you will see nothing but pure love looking back at you. There are no layers or hidden agendas behind their emotions; all they need is your attention and care.

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They enter our lives with their tiny paws but soon become a part of life, our journey, and of course, our favorite friend. But, if you are thinking of buying a pet, take a pause and reflect. What if you adopt one instead of buying? Have you ever wondered about that?

Yes, I know you might argue about getting a purebred, healthy, easy to train pup from the store rather than a grown-up four-legged friend from the rescue and shelter home. But think carefully, does that sound like a really viable argument?

Adopting an animal from the rescue shelter could give them new hope and a new home. Every pet deserves a loving home. Unfortunately, every year thousands of cats and dogs and other pets are abandoned by their human parents, and these poor creatures are left to fend for themselves. Your one act of kindness has the potential to change their lives.

To help another life is an exhilarating experience, especially when that helps change their lives and makes it much better. Adopting a homeless furry fellow gives you life-long support of unconditional love and the warmth of home to your friend.

While you are happily shopping for a new pet, a stray is eagerly looking for a new beginning. To be honest, whether it is adoption or buying, a pet is a pet, forever loyal, loving, and a true friend. 

There are millions of strays around the world living off scrapes and occasional pats of kindness. Think about the difference you can make by adopting one of them. I know that won’t be a solution for the million others, but hey, a step is all it takes to bring about change.

Especially in the current COVID-19 situation, pets are being abandoned, every day. These animals need your help more than ever. 

The Things You should Know About Adopting

Here are some of the common myth-busters and benefits of adopting a pet, that I have summarised:

  • The Purebred myth: Just because you are adopting doesn’t mean you won’t get a purebred. In fact, you can also get high-quality mixed breed dogs at shelter homes.
  • Inducted to a new community of pet-lovers: Once you adopt, you build a relationship with the shelter homes, and one day you might end up volunteering for the good cause!
  • Be an example: Adopting is a gesture of goodwill. By doing this, you can set an example for your kids and family about how to make a difference in the world.
  • Many breeders have a sort of puppy or kitten mill, where they are kept in constricted spaces. By adopting, you can put an end to such practice of keeping these happy paws in confined, unhealthy spaces.
  • Health woes: You do not need to fret about more impoverished health conditions of strays compared to pets bought from stores. Before you bring the adopted pet home, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and other medical tests are done to ensure health safety.
  • Behavior: Animals living in shelter homes, although coming from adverse conditions, in many instances, cope well with other fellow beings since they stay in the company.
  • Money factor: When you buy a pet, you end up spending hundreds of dollars, but with adoption, it’s free, and you get the same kind, loving furry friend on your porch!
  • Please give them a lifetime home: That does not need any description, and the feeling involved in doing it is priceless.

Final Words

The decision to have a pet is a huge step in itself. It is almost like bringing a kid home. You have to care, nurture, and provide for them continually. No doubt, it is a big responsibility as well. But if you have taken that decision, why not move a step further? 

There are so many shelter homes and rescue animals around the world. So, why not adopt and give life a new meaning, for a furry fellow waiting out there, with its bright, honest eyes filled with love and gratitude?

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