Thinking creatively is a challenge when you are bogged down in life. These are my tips to giving yourself creative space. Often the same old problem can’t be resolved using the same old habits.
- Move to a New Space – our thoughts, emotions and behaviours are often set in the pattern. We go to work and activate our problem solving brain, we visit a friend and activate our social brain. If you are trying to be creative in a non-creative psychical space it won’t work as well as changing to a new place. Try visiting a park, the water, go for walk. All of these activities will physically change your neural pathways and open your mind to new ideas.
- Talk to friends – Talking activates the mind in wonderful ways. Humans need support from others and it changes how we think. Just chatting to others can help us put the puzzle pieces together differently. Even talking about other things not related to your business can help. Just be mindful of your intellectual property and not to share anything that will jeopardise your creations.
- Eat healthy – If you consider your body is a machine that runs off the fuel we eat, then it makes sense that eating healthy foods will help us feel better. When we fuel our bodies with the right foods it is easier to concentrate. For example, I can’t focus when hungry. After eating I often feel tired. My optimum creative time is somewhere about 1 hour after eating and before I am hungry again. Know your system and when you “best” time is for thinking.