Protect Your Creative Brain Space
7 tips to enhance Creativity!
Protecting your creative time is essential for personal growth and overall well-being. Several studies have shown that creative hobbies, such as art, writing and music, can reduce and even prevent stress. Often, when you are engaged in a creative endeavor, you are able to enter a flow state. This happens when you’re completely focused on a task, to the point where you think less about things that are worrying you. Being this absorbed can be rewarding and enjoyable – your brain is flooded with dopamine, that feel-good chemical that actually helps motivate you toward similar behavior.
- Get Curious: Curiosity and creativity have a symbiotic relationship. It is unclear whether being curious enhances creativity or whether creative activities lead to openness and therefore more curiosity. In studies, one common personality trait emerges across the spectrum of creative people….they’re curious.
- Create a schedule: Incorporate regular blocks of creative time into your daily or weekly routine. Treat these time slots as non-negotiable appointments with yourself.
- Avoid multitasking: Focus on one creative task at a time to maintain flow and productivity.
- Stay with it: Having clear objectives and timelines can keep you motivated and accountable during your creative endeavors.
- Set boundaries: Communicate with others that you need uninterrupted time for creativity. Let them know when you’ll be unavailable to avoid distractions and interruptions.
- Experiment with different creative techniques: Trying new approaches or art forms can keep your brain engaged and open up fresh avenues for creativity.
- Seek feedback and collaboration: Share your creative work with others to gain insights and new perspectives. Collaboration with like-minded individuals can also stimulate creativity.
Remember, everyone’s creative process is unique. Experiment with these ideas to find what works best for you and helps you protect and nurture your creative brain time. Establishing a creative practice or creative time in your life takes time and persistence, however your brain will begin to crave this creative time and that is a healthy practice for a life well lived!