Are you a creative person?
Your gut instinct to that question might be no. Maybe you’ve never painted anything, or wrote a short story, but there is creativity in you, as it is in everyone. The difference is that some people have a harder time getting that creativity out than others.
Boomers are at a perfect stage in their lives to take creative approaches or indulge their creative side. Retirement, encore careers, or career transitions can benefit quite a lot from strong creativity. So how best to get those creative juices flowing? Huffington Post has shared some methods for getting that right side of your brain working and thinking a little different. Try these out and see if that creativity comes a little easier.
Go for a walk.
A little exercise is good for the body as well as the mind. Studies show that people who get out for regular walks show a significant increase in creative thinking over those who stay inactive. It doesn’t need to be strenuous at all and it helps to clear your head and allow new ideas to come in.
Get a hobby.
No need to wait around for creativity to hit. You can try your hand at a new interest and see how it fits. What’s something you’ve always wanted to try? Don’t hesitate or worry you don’t have the talent for it. Dive in, take some classes, and find out where you want to focus.
When you’re looking for a new path, it can be quite stressful. You put a lot of pressure on yourself to find the next opportunity and it can make it tough to get into creative frame of mind. Take a time-out from all the stress and worry and just let your mind wonder. Experts say this kind of focused daydreaming can result in creative problem solving.
Embrace the Mess.
This is an unexpected bit of advice. The general line of thinking is that a clean and organized workspace makes for more concentrated and efficient working conditions. However, when you want to embrace the creative side, experts suggest the less organized the better. Apparently, disorder allows your mind to wonder off the beaten path. No need for spring cleaning I guess.
Work in a coffee shop.
It’s near impossible to work in an environment that is too loud. But it may be just as difficult to do some productive thinking if your environment is too quiet. Research indicates that a quiet workspace can cause many distractions and stunts creative thinking. Coffee shops are considered an ideal location if you want to be inspired.
Dim the lights.
How hard is it to work under florescent lights? It becomes even harder if you’re trying to connect with those elusive creative thoughts. It’s suggested that when embracing this kind of thinking, dimmer lights are the way to go in order to get your mind in the right space.
Spend time in another country.
Who needs an excuse to travel? Even so, it’s always a good idea to get away from work and whatever other stresses you might have. You’re doing yourself an even bigger favour if you take the time to explore a new country or try a new experience. Breaking away from the norm can invite a completely new way of thinking.