Catalin Parascan

Social entrepreneur. Engagement consultant.

The Little But Really Useful Guide to Creativity

It’s easier than ever to be creative, to create, to imagine and make what’s imagined become reality.

It’s also tougher than ever, with distractions surrounding us in ways never before imagined.

No matter what kind of creative type you are — writer, painter, musician, marketer, blogger, photographer, designer, parent, business owner — you are likely always looking for inspirations, for ways to let loose your creative genius.

And while there are millions of creativity tips on the Internet, I thought I’d share the ones I’ve found most useful — the ones that I’ve tried and tested and found to be right.

Here they are, in no order at all:

 

Play.

Don’t consume and create at the same time — separate the processes.

Shut out the outside world.

Reflect on your life and work daily.

Look for inspiration all around you, in the smallest places.

Start small.

Just get it out, no matter how crappy that first draft.

Don’t try for perfect. Just get it out there, asap, and get feedback.

Constantly make it better.

Ignore the naysayers.

But let criticism help you grow.

Teach and you’ll learn.

Shake things up, see things in new ways.

Apply things in other fields to your field, in ways not done before.

Drink ridiculous amounts of coffee.

Write all ideas down immediately.

Turn your work into play.

Play with kids.

Get out, move, see new things, talk to new people.

Read wildly different things. Especially stuff you disagree with.

Get lots of rest. Overwork kills creativity.

Don’t force it. Relax, play, it will start to flow.

Allow your mind to wander. Allow distractions, when you’re looking for inspiration.

Then shut them off when you’re going to create.

Do it when you’re excited.

When you’re not, find something else to be excited about.

Don’t be afraid to be stupid and silly.

Small ideas are good. You don’t need to change the world — just change one thing.

When something is killing your creativity, kill it.

Stop reading creativity advice, clear away everything, and just create.

Most of all, have fun doing it.

 

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll

Source: Zen Habits

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2 comments on “The Little But Really Useful Guide to Creativity

  1. cameronchardukian
    February 11, 2013

    I’ve also found that once I start a creative task I need to work until it’s finished. Once I’m out of that creative state of mind it becomes almost impossible to finish the task well.

  2. Catalin Parascan
    February 11, 2013

    Very good point. I often find myself in the same state of mind. I think that you have to be in right frame of mind in order to get things done. Also it’s crucial that what you are doing is very inspiring to you. Otherwise you’ll find all the reason why not to finish a specific task.

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