Think outside the box and boost creativity with the following simple tips.
Most people associate creativity with music, art or writing - but the truth is, being creative can mean anything from submitting an original idea at a meeting to coming up with a new recipe. Even if you don't consider yourself to be a creative person, you can still benefit from a freer way of thinking.
Take a look at the following ideas to boost creativity no matter how short on time you are.
Under 10 minutes
Listen to some music
Listening to your favourite tunes actually stimulates the part of the brain responsible for motor actions, emotions and creativity. It is thought that classical music in particular can increase creativity, concentration and other important cognitive functions.
Look at something green or blue
According to research, looking at these colours can enhance cognitive function. This is thought to be because we associate blue with openness and green with growth - we've helped you out here with our accompanying image.
Under 30 minutes
When you were young, chances are you spent a great deal of time outside - running around a playground making up games and adventures. Recreate that feeling by spending some time in nature, studies show it stimulates the imagination.
Try something new
This could be as simple as trying a new recipe or finding a new route to work - doing anything out of habit is considered 'novelty-seeking', something that is linked to creativity and overall well-being.
Keep a notebook handy
Make a point of jotting down any ideas you have or any issues that need solving - often having such things written in black and white can help you think in a different way. Don't worry about grammar or presentation - consider it more of a brain dump.
Schedule in some play time
If your job doesn't already, suggest to the boss that you have a games area or suggest some more team outings. Getting away from work every now and then throughout the day can help you think more creatively and boosts productivity.
If you are struggling to think creatively at work or simply need a little career advice - why not speak to a life coach? Find out more on our personal development and career pages.
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