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Creativity: The Top 10 Ways to Increase Your Creativity

1. Be curious and follow your curiosity.

Ask until you understand why your corporation takes certain actions.

Discover why something is a particular shape. Find out why a process is

designed as it is. Explore a natural phenomenon until you fully understand

it.

2. Familiarize yourself with the lateral thinking techniques of Edward De

Bono and practice them.

Edward De Bono developed many techniques to stimulate creative

thought. A random selection is The Six Thinking Hats, Provocation and The

Random Input and many more. This is an unsolicited endorsement and the

author of this list has no connection with Edward De Bono.

3. Spend 20 minutes a day in a comfortable spot where you will be

undisturbed and let your mind wander wherever it will.

Using lateral thinking techniques we can generate creative ideas on

demand. There are other creative ideas which bubble to the surface given

time and quietness of the mind; they are the ones which this point

addresses.

4. Try a small measure of something which doesn’t harm you in any way which

your preconditioning suggests you won’t like.

Our innate responses are sometimes adversely conditioned by the

prejudices of others. Stretch yourself and discover whether your creativity

has been constrained by some of these.

5. Work to music that inspires you.

Classical music is usually recommended as the most effective. If this

goes against your grain, stretch yourself and see if it works (see point

4!). If not, experiment to determine what type of music is most effective

for you.

6. Take a break during a high intensity task when you find yourself stuck.

Do something completely different, even monotonous, for 10 minutes, or

if necessary commit it to your subconscious and sleep on it.

7. Actively seek different stimuli: At least once per month buy and read a

magazine completely unrelated to your career or business or usual interests.

You will find parallels to problems in the most unexpected places, the

areas of interest may be completely different but the challenge is

nevertheless the same and guess what – it’s already been solved.

8. Go somewhere you have never been before.

It does not have to be exotic, just different. It does not have to be a

million miles away, it may be a facility in your city you’ve never

previously visited. If you are a city girl, it may be a spot in the country

and yes, for a country boy it may be the city heat and the asphalt. Don’t

let these ideas limit you, take the cruise anyway!

9. Do what your intuition suggests.

For many of us today our intuition represents a muscle which is rarely

tested. Just like any other muscle, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it!

10. Carry a book or a mini tape recorder everywhere and capture ALL the

ideas your subconscious feeds you.

Reinforce for your subconscious its own importance and it will work

even harder for you.


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