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5 Unconventional Ways to Be Creative


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Are you looking for unconventional ways to boost your creativity? Not all of us are born with a natural creative flair BUT we CAN definitely exercise that muscle by making our brains work less efficiently. That's right! LESS efficiently :)

If you're curious why that is, check out the slides! We've gathered a few tips that will help you go out of your comfort zone and get your brain to work a bit differently unlocking your hidden potential.

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5 Unconventional Ways to Be Creative

  2. 2. Our brains are lazy. It has been scientifically proven.
  3. 3. Our brains frequently use connections – or neural pathways – created by past experience to decipher the world around us.
  4. 4. If we just let them be, our brains would always choose the most energy efficient path. ” MIT senior lecturer Tara Swart–25 “
  5. 5. This means that our brains aren’t great at being creative.
  6. 6. Creativity is all about making new connections.
  7. 7. We have to do things that are counter-intuitive in order to spark our creative side...
  8. 8. Even if they might feel unnatural at first. ?
  9. 9. Here are five unconventional ways to get your creative juices flowing.
  11. 11. If you want to get creative, reduce your sensory input as much as possible.
  12. 12. Why?
  13. 13. Cutting off sensory input allows the ‘constantly-make-sure-you’re-not-dying’ part of your brain to chill out for a second, allowing the creative, relaxed part of your brain to come out and play. - Graham Talley
  14. 14. If you work from home or have control over your working environment, try doing these three things: Work-from-home expert, Belle Beth Cooper
  15. 15. REDUCE VISUAL INPUT Lay down in a dark room and just let your mind wander. Blackout curtains would be perfect for this, but a blindfold or eye mask would do great as well.
  16. 16. Get a set of padded or in-ear headphones and block out the myriad of distractions and noises around you. SHUT OUT THE NOISE
  17. 17. Literally get away from the rest of the world. Try a regular bath time ritual with earplugs and an eye mask. ISOLATE YOURSELF
  18. 18. DAYDREAM#2
  19. 19. Recent research has shown that daydreaming might just be the key to unlocking your creative problem solving potential.
  20. 20. A study conducted by researchers from the University of California found that “ engaging in simple external tasks that allow the mind to wander may facilitate creative problem solving. ”
  21. 21. In the experiment, participants were asked to come up with as many “unusual uses” for an object as they could.
  22. 22. Participants then did one of four things before performing the same “unusual use” task again: Do a demanding task Do an undemanding task Take a 12 minute break Skip the 12 minute break and do the task right away
  23. 23. The group who performed the undemanding task was the only group who did better the second time around.
  24. 24. This group of people also reported high levels of daydreaming while completing the task.
  25. 25. Make sure to start your project before drifting off.
  26. 26. Take improv comedy lessons#3
  27. 27. Watching comedy can more than double our ability to solve brain teasers, according to researchers from the University of Maryland.
  28. 28. Comedy improves our mental flexibility, engaging our brains in ways that it does not expect.
  29. 29. Taking classes in this area helps to stretch your imagination.
  30. 30. “ Improv requires players to accept what they are given, build on the ideas of others, and encourage wild ideas. ”
  31. 31. “ Everyone thinks that they know how to brainstorm, but in fact, brainstorming is usually plagued by problems like self-censoring, competitiveness, and ridicule. ”
  32. 32. “ Improv is a great way for [people] to learn to defer judgment. ” Engineering professor at Dartmouth Peter Robie
  33. 33. Eat something new for breakfast#4
  34. 34. “ If you’re looking to increase your creativity, it’s better to switch up your morning routine a bit. ” Social psychologist Simone Ritter and her colleagues:
  35. 35. Any kind of new experience that pushes you out of your “ normal thought patterns ” can help with boosting your creativity.
  36. 36. Participants of an experiment were asked to prepare a sandwich with butter and chocolate chips… Some people were told to prepare the sandwich in an unusual order: Putting chocolate chips on a dish, then… Buttering the bread, and then… Placing the bread buttered-side-down on the dish with the chocolate chips.
  37. 37. Another group had to make the sandwich in the usual order…
  38. 38. Meanwhile, other groups watched a video of a person making the sandwich in either the unusual way or the usual way.
  39. 39. The result?
  40. 40. Those who made the sandwich in an unusual order “ scored highest in cognitive flexibility compared with the other groups. ”
  41. 41. If such a simple exercise could make such a big difference, the possibilities are endless. Make a cup of tea instead of coffee one morning. Find a hip new joint for lunch or try adding a new app to your workflow. Just try to engage your brain differently, and you might just discover something new that day.
  42. 42. Switch up your work schedule#5
  43. 43. Remember: the key to creativity is to get our brains to work less efficiently than normal (surprisingly!)
  44. 44. “ For instance, when we’re tired, our brain’s filter tends to take a break. ” Science Writer Marissa Fessenden
  45. 45. And starts making non-standard connections.
  46. 46. A fuzzy brain is more open to fresh ideas and perspectives.
  47. 47. 400 students – “morning larks” and “night owls” – were asked to solve insight-based and analytical problems at different times. Mareike B. Wieth Rose T. Zacks
  48. 48. For the the insight-based creativity problems, participants ended up performing better when they were less awake.
  49. 49. For night owls, the optimal time ended up being in the wee hours of the morning. 4:00 AM
  50. 50. For early risers, the optimal time was late at night. 23:30 AM
  51. 51. So start thinking about staying up past your bedtime or waking before your alarm clock to do some unstructured thinking!
  52. 52. So there you have it! Time to ditch your conventional ways and get your creative juices flowing! Creative Juice
  53. 53. Do you have any other unconventional tips for getting your creative on? Give us a shoutout in the comments below, or find us on Twitter. @piktochart Check out the full article on our blog: