Here are some of the key takeaways to consider with the following infographic.
1) Creative Statistics.
Only one in four people believe they are living up to their full creative potential. However, an impressive eight in ten believe that creativity is important, as well. In addition to these statistics, you will want to keep in mind that an impressive sixty percent of CEOs believe creativity to be the most important quality from leadership. In terms of improving creativity, or at least realizing a greater degree of the potential that exists within all of us, there are a number of things that you are going to want to keep in mind.
2) Recording Ideas.
A great way to nurture a creative side is to keep materials around you that will allow you to get down ideas as needed. Notebooks and tape recorders (even a smartphone with a recording app) can prove to be extremely useful in this regard.
3) Set Constraints.
Don’t be afraid to change them. Establishing constraints can force you to think in creative ways. The same can be said for establishing a psychological distance from the problem, and looking at things from as many different angles as possible.
Burning yourself out is not going to do any favors. Research strongly indicates that getting plenty of rest can prove to be useful towards strengthening your creative impulses. Ultimately, a well-rested mind is going to be a mind that is capable of embracing new ideas. By the same token, you can also recharge the creative batteries by simply treating yourself to a nice walk. In general, you should try to give yourself time to relax. You aren’t going to do your creative side any favors by failing to take care of yourself on a day to day basis.
5) A Persistent, Open Mind.
A mind that is persistent is a mind that tends to deal with creative obstacles, or abstract concepts that might take some time to appreciate and deconstruct. In addition to this, it is also vital to have an open mind. The best examples of creative people tend to have certain personality traits in common. One of those traits involves being a person who is up for just about anything. Looking for inspiration in places you know can be effective. However, also being able to look for inspiration in places that take you out of your comfort zone to a certain degree is a good trait to have.