5 Hacks to Recover Your Creative And Innovative Flow
You were born creative even if some have told you otherwise.
Your creativity is directly proportional to how you’ve polished your brain and your life to date, and how many people you’ve listened to throughout it.
This article I’m writing directly with the computer screen turned off. I mustn’t have any distractions.
That’s because creativity usually appears when your mind is not distracted. If what you’re looking for is to get to be more creative and innovative in your life, you’ll need to consider where the creativity is, even though today I’ll also talk to you about where you’ll never find it.
Where is your creativity when you’re all day connected to visual impacts that distract you from your value?
It’s simple. If I turn off the screen my mind focuses only on the thoughts I have, not what I’m writing. I don’t worry about faults, but I let it move forward on what I want to share. I go with the flow!
In the age of information, the Creative Being appears with the screen off. No distractions.
Creativity is directly related to your deep thoughts. With the ability you can have to focus on the deepest thinking you’re betting on.
Deep thinking is a great opportunity to increase your value. For bringing growth and better development to your life and business. You need to take the time to develop your imagination. And of course, take time to think.
Others call it to focus, albeit one way or another, creativity requires focusing on where you have your goal. It requires concentration and for this, the essential thing is to avoid blurring.
Where are creativity and innovation not found?
Knowing where is your creative and innovative self is tricky to answer if you’re looking for a unique answer.
What I’m sure of is that deep thinking helps you become more creative. Although it is easy to discover where it is not and where it loses its value…
In the distractions.
Any distraction is a barrier to being able to be more creative.
The mind takes 20’ to focus on focusing, that’s why it’s so hard to work when you’re impacted by distractions.
Think about it the other way around, if you’re working on something and you’re distracted, it’ll take 20’ to get back to work. Hence the importance of avoiding distractions. Distractions minimize your strengths. They force you to reconnect.
And when will your new distraction come? Now. Stop reading. Look at the cell phone. It’s already 20' to reconnect. Yes, you’ve read again, you’ll keep reading, but your mind has lost focus and this happens to you constantly.
You are addicted to distractions and mainly these can be summarized in the 3 most common:
- The cell phone.
- Your mind.
I’ll talk about the cell phone later. As for people and the mind, I won’t be able to keep your attention on this article. It requires more extensive information that I wouldn’t give you so much right now.
To summarize, understand that people, even the ones you’re closest to and who assume they want you more, distract you immediately. It’s like because they know you, they have the privilege of interrupting what you’re doing to answer anything. And the mind.
The mind seeks to maintain its control, that you do not leave its comfort zone, and hence its limiting thoughts.
Now take care and especially worry about the mobile that is currently your biggest distraction.
Your life is today:
And it is that not only are we addicted to our distractions but also to those of others. Mobile is your great vehicle to distract you. It’s the most faithful support for your blur.
Often, the mobile is our escape route.
Do you want a fast test? Answer below:
- When waking up: Before you pass 2’, have you looked at your mobile. Yes/No?
- When lying down: In the last 2 minutes of your day you look at your phone.
- During the day: You don’t have anything to do with or you’re waiting for someone, you look at your cell phone.
If you answered Yes at least 2 of the 3 questions, you already have your answer: You’re addicted to mobile distractions.
Although you know what’s the most curious thing? That your cell phone is used to evade your reality.
How many tables are surrounded by people looking at their cell phones? It is common to see a couple having dinner and each distracting with their mobile.
In the use of mobile phone, you will certainly not find your creativity or innovation.
It eliminates you from your present moment, from life you are able to see and it takes you to what other people value interesting how to share.
If you’re looking to be more creative and innovative, forget the posts of people who share videos of laughter, funny pets or funny kids. Don’t give your mind what doesn’t give it value. That’s not where your creativity is.
5 Hacks that will help you to be more creative and innovative
Creativity does not require updates through a cell phone. It doesn’t require distractions. That’s why it’s important to avoid them. It is quite the opposite; it requires that you have your feet on the ground and that your mind has the minimum information and that ideas or your imagination flow into your work. If you want to know how to be more creative and innovative these are some techniques that will help you.
- Persons. Surround yourself with what leads you to improve, surround yourself with companies and people who are creative and innovative. (Don’t forget to follow me on networks: Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube). Boost your networking and sign up for the newsletters of the best in the field, the most innovative brands, the most creative artists…stay directly informed of the best. Never in history has it been easier to access the best of the best so focus on improving your networking in the field you want to learn or highlight.
- Deep Thinking and Pauses. The most successful or happiest people require during the day a pause to think. They enhance deep thinking. Deep thinking is essential. The power of pauses is dying out. Pauses make sense of your thoughts, with your actions, with your life, not with the impacts you receive.
- Find your temple of creation. It is very important that you have a creative space. The place where you feel so comfortable that with just the pleasure of being there you feel inspired. Below I share one of the places that I use for 9 months a year. In good weather, it becomes more difficult to concentrate because “new neighbors” are coming. Many of my ideas and creations have appeared in that environment.
- Concentrate. Music. And I’m not talking about the music you’re used to, but playlists or apps that allow you to stay focused. And not only that but in the end, you end up finding those songs that not only concentrate you but that inspire you. They lead you to imagine. And you forget everything, you don’t even think where you are. That’s the moment you’re focused and creating. Some Playlists I recommend: Coffe and Books, Perfect Concentration or The Oneness Omm. To finish with the concentration section I recommend you buy the Brain Waves app. It’s a show to keep you focused and create!
- Time. Find time to think during the day. That offers you the ability to connect with your unique potential, connect with the real, with your reality not that of (supposed) Facebook friends and connect with your values, increasing the thoughts that bring usefulness to your life.
Leonardo Da Vinci himself was accused of wasting his time lying in bed. He claimed that if he didn’t, he wouldn’t do his job.
You need your blanks in your day. Take a break if you’re looking to be creative.
And it is that with the greatest distraction that has ever existed at your fingertips, many people are the ones who are eager for time to relax, to “de-accumulate”, to misinform themselves. The increase in practitioners of yoga, meditation or mindfulness gives you a great idea of the current need.
When you set aside the usual impacts and distractions you enter a state of recognition of what’s going on. To raise doubts and what is better of connecting with your life, not with others.
Your bad ideas often come from few reflections, habits, routines or repetition of actions, call it what you want. Otherwise, the best creations take their space of moments without impacts, of being lazy to the external, of not thinking and not to think that should happen. Flowing.
3 steps to avoid distractions that help you become more creative and innovative
It is seen that distractions, the lack of focus and above all, the mobile, they influence a lot about not being creative. They don’t leave you that moment to flow your whole imagination.
They don’t let your mind have its screen off so as not to distract you from mistakes when writing. It makes you keep your creations without differentiation.
They don’t help you distinguish yourself, to be unique. To be creative.
If you need to increase your creativity, start by thinking about where and how it appears. Definitely to help you, follow these simple 3 steps:
- The 20/80 rule. For any situation bet on the Optimum of Pareto. 20% of your creation time will give you 80% of your biggest creations. You don’t need anymore. If you have 1 hour to create, they will be more positive for your greater creativity 15' than the rest of the 45'. The same goes for social media, only 20% of them are your real friends, take care with who you dedicate 80% of your time.
- Walk. Steve Jobs himself was going for a walk when he had to solve any issue. And it is that walking, running or performing some physical activity allows you to place yourself in the present and leave for a moment, the problems that you may have. Also, if that’s not enough, the increase of blood flow, due to exercise, promotes your mind to activate to help you in processes of inspiration or creation
- Out of the Box. Imagination doesn’t usually appear in your usual workplaces. Leaving your office, your bureau, your home… getting out of any box where your mind is locked by a wall or ceiling is going to give you moments of inspiration. So an outdoor space will definitely help you have those deep thoughts that can awaken your best creations.
Tip: Forget your phone when you get out of the boxes, take your notebook and pen and don’t judge. Let everything flow.
Article originally published in Spanish