Aren’t aha moments like the best thing ever? Problem is, they come few and far between, and when they do come, there’s never a pen in sight, then two minutes later you’re on to solving the next problem that slaps you in the face.
Last few months, my brain has been Mortal Kombat style karate kicking my creative juices to the curb. I keep waiting for that melodramatic ’80s soft rock music to cue in, so that I know my aha moment was about to strike, but there’s just silence. Between graduate school, a two and a four year old tag teaming me, and me trying to constantly ‘get my life’, I have a hard time making room to cultivate creativity, or the occasional ‘aha’ moment.
So, I rejected the always on the go mentality, redefined what productivity looked like to me, and immersed my thoughts in learning more about the way my mind works. No, I’m not a creativity expert, YET, but I did notice that once I made some specific changes in my life and attitude, my mind got much clearer.
Check this science:
TIP #1: GO MISSING MORE OFTEN
Creativity always seems to slap you right between the eyes when you’re off wasting time. Creativity block? Walk completely away when you hit ‘the wall’ and go do something you would normally tell yourself you have no business doing. Watch, you’re mind is going to be in overdrive with fluid thought. Just keep a travel size journal in your back pocket.
TIP #2: FORGET MEDITATION, START DAYDREAMING
Since childhood, we’ve been forced into paying attention and being as focused as humanly possible. They totally LIED to you! Most bright ideas didn’t come while people were sitting behind a desk or a computer screen.
I’d bet anything Zuckerberg was the one kid in his class who NEVER paid attention. You’ll get your brightest ideas when you let your mind roam free. Let our mind wander off a little more.
TIP #3: TALK TO MORE STRANGERS
The universe has a funny way of bringing like minded people together through coincidence. Most people connect with others because of a shared interest. Someone may see you reading a book they love, so they may ask you, how do you like said book. However, our society is so driven by technology and social media, somehow we’ve gotten to the point were a stranger saying hello to you online is much more acceptable than one in person. So, instead of thinking someone is weird for simply speaking to you, engage! You never know how they may breathe life into your thoughts or your future aha moments.
TIP #4: TAKE MORE NAPS
I have to literally force myself to close my eyes these days. I’m serious, my mind has absolutely NO CHILL! Nope, none! When you sleep, you allow your subconscious, as well as your inhibitions to roam free and have you noticed that ideation is in overdrive when you’re in a stupor, half dazed or just waking up. Yep, told you. I’m sure it’s rare that you receive aha moments while you’re still in front of your desk, mad that you’re even working and sitting in from of that desk.
TIP #5: MAKE YOUR ENVIRONMENT TRANQUIL
You’ll never foster creativity in hostile environments, or in environments that you just don’t want to be in. In those types of situations, your mind will usually nitpick and focus on how to remove yourself from the situation. Instead of working from home, where you can see your dishes piling up and that the floors need mopping, find a bench in the park, bring a snack and your laptop and soak up some of that good ol’ vitamin D while you work.
TIP #6: SPEAK IT INTO EXISTENCE
If you keep telling yourself you’re not creative, you won’t be. Only speak want you want to come to fruition.
TIP #7: DO SOMETHING THAT SCARES YOU [EVERYDAY]
Test your bounds. When you engage in something new, it’s uncomfortable. When you’re uncomfortable, and you persist on with a little grit, you actually grow from the experience. When you grow, you’ve got a set of new thoughts that you can bridge with what you already know, and POW, ideation could be a few thoughts away. Grab a pen!
Have you noticed that cracking the creativity code isn’t a set of specific steps that you can implement that will spur instantaneous ideation. Nope, mining for creativity is something that requires a lifestyle change.
You’re basically telling yourself to go against everything society teaches you, and that may make you feel highly uncomfortable. Wandering, daydreaming and rejecting the worlds ‘always on the go’ mentality is the only way to extract those aha moments you’re so desperately trying to capture.
WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVITY PROCESS? ANY DIFFERENT FROM MY OWN?