Five tips for effective creativity
How do you measure your creativity? How do you make sure you are being as effective as you can in expressing your inner creative? If you are anything like me you’ll have projects and ideas all over the place, most of them interweaving and overlapping each other. You may be quite good at juggling your writing, art and music and by the end of the day have something you can share with the world, but have you been effective in your creativity?
Being busy is not the same as being productive and effective. If you want to improve your effectiveness, these simple tips may help you:
Make the most of your uncreative time
You should have time for yourself, to collect your thoughts, make goals, and let your creativity shine through, to help you find solutions to problems. Sometimes the only way to find time for yourself is to actually schedule it in. Why not put 15 minutes of uninterrupted time into the diary, telling friends, family or co-workers that you are not available. And use it – no phone, no email, no nothing.
If you want to achieve anything you should really set some goals. This applies to your creative projects as well as other areas of your life. Setting goals costs you nothing apart from time and thought, but without them, failure and regret lie around the corner.
Use your strengths
Do things that allow you to make use of your talents and interests and you will find that you are happier, healthier and more effective. If, for example, your talents and interests lie in music and singing, don’t spend your time sitting in front of a canvas. (But remember diversity can also be an outlet)
Focus on one or two projects at a time
Feeling overwhelmed is one of the easiest ways to drain creativity away from us. As I said above I often have plenty of ideas and thoughts running around, but if I want to get anything done I need to focus on just one or two of them. Devote your creative time to them and then, and only then, when they are complete move on.
Make the decision
We often grind to a halt when there is a decision to be made. It is another sap on our creative force. When you must make a decision, get the information, ask others for input and suggestions, consider the alternatives and then make the decision.
I have found these five tips vital in reaching my creative goals and being more effective. When I am getting nowhere, I return to these ideas and make sure I am not skipping them.
You can create so much more than you thought possible by becoming more effective in your creativity.