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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Creative Flow

Your creative flow is simply when you are most likely to think of or being something that is uniquely you to a project or an action. A key method to stimulate more advanced research, unique ways or patterning presentations or papers and original ideas is to pay attention to when and why you tend to bring out your creative self. What triggers your creative flow?

Time of day?
Type of work?
Use of your hands?
Background music?
What you eat?
What you drink?
Religion or faith?
Warm up routines?
Smells or scents?
Furniture or equipment?

For each of us our creative muse is different, and the flow of our creative energy comes from different places. What we do know is nutrition, rest and positive reinforcement are useful. Sometimes panic stimulates chemicals in your body that actually may be related to creativity and innovation. These same steps work in research, study and simpler tasks like homework.

So where do you find your creative flow? How do you tap into it? To be sure that it is there when you need, you may wish to try a few dry-runs and observer your own comfort and creative bubble.

1. Set yourself up with a meaningful challenge. When can you commit 100% to something you find important, meaningful or interesting?

2. Make the task difficult but not impossible. Push yourself to go outside of your comfort zone. Be able to break a task into parts instead of taking on the entire mountain in one bite.

3. Minimize distractions.  There are arguments that we live in a distracting world. They are true. Texting, cell phone, Internet, phone, dorm life, big families, friends, other tasks all take away from your ability to focus on the task ahead, and often are welcome distractions from things you find easier, more pleasurable or you tell yourself will only take a moment. For me it is blogging, e-mail and TV shows i enjoy. When it is time to work turn off the phones and automatic alerts on your computer. Make sure people know not to interrupt you. Nevada have things you do not need that you will use or find distracting in the area where you are doing the work. Anything you can do to minimize distractions, do it! (within the law of course).

4. Use triggers to alter your state of mind. Make a use of the triggers you identified earlier on in this self-assignment to stimulate creativity and focus.

5. Reward yourself when you complete your task, or the self-assignment segment of the task. Make sure your work justifies a reward.

Partially drawn from Lateral Action: The Creative Pathfinder web site.


Jessica Pacheco said...

I think my most creative moments are typically spontaneous and don't have much to do with my surroundings.

Alexis Donovan said...

Honestly, my creativity is about a 2 on a 1-10 scale but I tend to be more creative when I am around someone who is. They may throw out a great idea and it triggers something in me to add to that idea. A little jump start I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Most of my creative thinking is dependent on my surroundings. Depending on what type of work I’m doing I do feel I do better when I’m in a particular place.

Erik Lopez

Anonymous said...

I consider myself to be relatively creative. However, I do feel most creative when dealing with a subject or issue that I am interested in and therfore more hands on. I also feel that my creative juices start to flow when interacting with others who have creative ideas about a particular subject.


Anonymous said...

Most of my creative thinking happens when I am in the car. When I see something that triggers my mind, I begin to think more than say I am at home on the computer.
Andrea Scardino

Anonymous said...

My creativity is also sparked better with other people around me that are creative.
Leah Waters
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Anonymous said...

My creative thinking depends on what is going on in my life. If I am happy and do not have too many stressors in my life I can be pretty creative. I find this course very interesting and helpful. I did not realize the importance of the information I am learning in this class. Great blog!! Thanks!

Mary Renteria

Anonymous said...

I feel I can think more creatively in the morning less noise less distractions of the day. I do agree with rewarding yourself. I find that a lot of times getting on the computer I have to remind myself I am only getting on for this purpose so that I don't get distracted.Gwen Dennett com 101 sec 4255

Anonymous said...

Colleen RT

Personally I am most creative outside in midday. Unfortunately I get very distracted and and need to refocus myself. But it's all worth it.