When there are only 24 hours in a day and a million things to do, burnout is unavoidable. Yet, staying stressed out and fatigued will not help you tackle that mountain of emails or think of new ways to approach a longstanding challenge at work or the busy schedule at home. Creativity is all about finding new ways of solving problems and approaching situations.
Luckily, new research from Fast Company, points the way to a variety of mental and environmental approaches that can help us improve our creative production:
1. Learn to Relax
By relaxing, you’ll refresh your mind and creativity flows naturally. There are many ways to relax and unwind, such as meditating, reading a book or going for a walk. Choose whatever it is that helps you relax and free up your mind for better creativity.
Getting off the couch and moving doesn’t just do your body good—it gets your creative juices flowing as well. David Blanchette and his colleagues at Rhode Island College found that completing just 30 minutes of aerobic exercise increases our ability to solve problems creatively—and that this effect can last for up to two hours after we've finished exercising.
3. Dim the Lights
Working in dimmer light can improve creative performance by giving you a sense of freedom that breeds creativity, compared to standard office lighting. German researchers found that people sitting in dim light are significantly better able to solve creative insight problems than those working under normal or bright lights.
4. Blue and green colors
A quick glimpse of the color green or blue is enough to boost your creative senses Bring a green-leafed plant to your office, paint the walls of your favorite room blue or change your screen saver to a scenic outdoor picture and get ready to nail any creativity challenge that comes your way!
5. It’s not a ‘mess’ – It’s Creativity
Conventional wisdom says that a neat work space is essential for productivity. But isn’t creativity unconventional? Researchers found that while a neat desk encourages “good behavior,” working at a messy desk promoted new and inspired ideas. “Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights,” said, psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs of the University of Minnesota. So embrace the mess!
Everyone is born with enough unique creativity and ability for extraordinary accomplishments from all walks of life. Get out there and find what inspires you and don’t let anything stop you from releasing your creative mind-power.