Seven Ways to Increase Your
Creativity in Minutes
We can learn and gain a lot from looking at the creative process, as it can be applied to most of what
we do.  Even routine jobs have their share of new problems to solve and situations to deal with.  We
see through arts that personal views, problems and even solutions can have more than one solutions
— and often no right or wrong answers.

When we are being creative, we are acting creatively and passionately which in turn leads to better
career satisfaction and overall well-being.  Creativity, broadly defined, is the act of coming up with
something new — a new interpretation, process, idea, product, service or solution.

Being creative is a basic human need essential to thriving in our ever changing global economy.
However according to the Gallup poll, only 31.4 percent of us are engaged at work or 69 percent are
emotionally disconnected from their work and are less likely to be productive or creative.
So that feeling of intense creativity, or that feeling of euphoria when engaging in something that is truly
meaningful to you, it is real and it is something physiological that happens within your brain. It is one of
the least researched aspects of psychology, yet it has the biggest impact on our personal lives.
Research has proven numerous benefits to being creative, such as:
•        Improves your mood
•        Relieves stress
•        Increases and renews brain function
•        Ultimately saves time and money
•        Improves relationships.
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When did you stop thinking of yourself as being creative?  As children many of us used to like to sing, dance or draw until one day someone
said, “The sky shouldn’t be that color” or “You need to stay inside the lines.”  Many of us were discouraged by another’s “creative
differences.” How many of us decided that we were not creative while still children using crayons?  If you think you are not creative, then you
probably were not given the proper tools and motivation to discover your talents.

The idea that we are either naturally creative or not is a myth; Each one of us is born with talents and preferences that we can use to be
creative in our own unique way and thrive. Go ahead and give yourself creative license.  Write it on a paper, a sticky note, or even in lipstick
on your mirror. Or find a legal form from the web that you can fill out.  Then place this somewhere it will remind you that you have the basic
human right to be yourself and to use your natural creativity.
So how can you make creativity a part of your life? First, keep a notebook and pencil on hand at all times and you will always be able to
capture your ideas at any time of the day. Here are seven suggestions and you can do them all in about 15 minutes or less.

1. Doodle Something - Although we may have been reprimanded in school to "stop doodling and pay attention," it's time to bring back the
doodle. Doodling, contrary to popular opinion, does not demonstrate a lack of focus. In fact, doodling can help you stay present and engaged
during an activity in which you might otherwise find your mind drifting.

2. Sign Up for a Class in Something You Have Never Done Before - Creativity flourishes when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone
and learn something new. Many communities offer evening adult education classes. Try painting, pottery, or woodworking. How about learning
a new language, picking up a new instrument, or taking a cooking class?

3. Create the Right Environment - The truth is that every single individual (yes, even you) can be creative. You simply require the right
environment, stimulus, and support. Kids are awash with creative energy in part because they have not yet learned to fear the criticism of their
peers or experienced embarrassment from failure. This is now why failure is lauded in adults — it reflects creative, risk-taking endeavors.
Though not all creative ventures will work out, ultimately some will (and will be very, very successful).

4. Pause the Brainstorming and Move Your Body - Physical movement has been shown to have a positive effect on creative thinking. Go for a
walk. Physically move your body and consider your project problem from different locations.

5. Start a Sketchbook - Sketching is a great way to preserve memories and make constructive use of time that might otherwise be spent
fiddling on a phone. Buy a small, lightweight sketchbook that can easily fit in your bag. Start sketching whenever you have even a few spare
moments. Though you may be disappointed in your sketches at first, the more you draw, the better you will get. Don't overanalyze your results
— simply draw for the enjoyment of the process, not the end piece. Creativity seeps across activities, so sketching just a few minutes a day
can result in a major boost of workplace creativity.

6. Keep Toys on Around - Many creative design companies encourage employees to keep toys on their desks-from Legos and Lincoln Logs to
Play-Doh and origami paper. Building something physically with your hands, as opposed to typing on a keyboard, can be just the creative jolt
you need. I have Legos on my desk.

7. Engage in Flash Fiction - Flash fiction is a form of writing consisting of extremely short pieces. There are many flash fiction writing groups
online in which members write 100-word stories based on a provided prompt. That's right, just 100 words. No one can say that is out of their
league. No pressure, no need to share; it's just a chance to get those creative juices flowing!
Once you learn that the life you want is made by your thoughts, you become the force that is responsible for your happiness.  Your passion
fuels your creativity and life without passion is meaningless. As for me, I have come to realize that I am the writer, director and star of my own
play.

I have committed to being the artist and Jazz Radio Host that I wanted to be in my youth. I am committed to sharing my information, inspiration
and empowerment through my art, music and all that I do, to assist those who might need to nudge people in a different direction. But most
importantly I am committed to living a life of growth and happiness.  …. Enjoy!